As we all know, the last few weeks have been a veritable orgy of headlines and revelations about the murky goings on at the News of the World and other organs of the Murdoch empire.
Not one day goes past when the media and politicians aren't in our face telling us (with breathless excitement) about the latest "revelation".
Yesterday was no exception, with the "news" that Sara Payne may (or may not) have been targeted by the News of The World.
At this point may I raise my head above the parapet, and make a few observations?
1 Do people really think that these sort of shenanigans are solely the preserve of the Murdoch empire?
2 When people pick up a tabloid (or for that matter a "quality" paper) that spills the beans on some Z list celebrity and his/her "peccadilloes", how the hell do the readers think that the paper gets its information? Yonks ago Prince Charles had one of his calls to Camilla (about tampons etc) recorded and placed in the public domain (ermmm..wasn't that phone hacking?).
3 The level of shock and hysteria about the methodology of the Murdochs et al, is all very well. However, if we are all so shocked, why the hell do papers such as the late News of the World sell so many copies?
4 The politicians, police and journalists have been at this for years (feeding each other secrets and lies, in exchange for money or favours). Why now, suddenly, are they all so shocked and keen to address the problem?
5 Why are the media and politicians focussing solely on this trash, and filling up each day's news agenda with "Hackgate" stories?
There are many more serious issues facing us eg; the US debt ceiling fiasco, the imminent collapse of the Euro, Greek default, famine in Africa, the state of the economy, the future of the NHS, the Middle East and public sector etc etc.
Am I being cynical, or are Nanny and her chums using the Murdoch issue to divert us from the really important issues (the issues that Nanny knows she has contributed to, but doesn't want to be held to account for)?
The focus on Murdoch by the incestuous "family" of Nanny, the media and the police serves them well and can be described (as one might describe a tactical manoeuvre in war) as the "Murdoch Manoeuvre".
We are being very poorly served by Nanny, the media and the police.
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