The Murdoch story may not end soon but it does afford Labor here and Labour there a good chance of retaining, and regaining, power.
Cameron, there, is enmired and cannot, may not, survive past the Tory Conference in September when he will be trailing Labour by thirteen points (he was trailing by eleven yesterday).
It would be wise therefore if Ed Milliband (aka Mr Bean) invited Nick Clegg to be Prime Minister.
The arrangement could be, as it ofttimes is in Israel, that Clegg reign in Downing Street for a year, then Bean for a year, then Clegg for eight months and call the election on Thursday, May 6, 2015. The Lib Dem vote would go up from the 8 percent it is now, Labour would win outright, bring in Proportional Representation, and the Tories, under Boris Johnson (or Hugh Grant, or Dawn French) by then, go into the dustbin of history.
In Australia the government could announce a Senate Enquiry into the influence of Murdoch — an unfit, creepy fellow — on the Australian political parties and their policies. Hawke would be found culpable, Whitlam too a little, and Rudd quite a bit, but Howard whom Rupert urged into the Iraq as he did Blair on false evidence, and Abbott, now in league with him — and the sinister, mincing Christopher Pyne — may well be found to be in criminal territory and go to gaol.
Pyne may be shown, or may not, to have conspired with Murdoch persons to put an agent provocateur in Slipper’s way with a view to later blackmail or vote manipulation. You never know.
It may not be so. But you never know.
An Enquiry, anyway, would consume public interest as the Cabcharge Horror never has. Or the Melbourne Hooker Holocaust now discomfiting Craig.
It is curious that Labor does not see, here, that the situation has changed, and the adjective ‘toxic’, now, after Thursday last, applies to Murdoch as it did thirty years ago to Richard Nixon, and to nobody else now living on this Earth.
He should be asked to appear before the Senate and say who, in that building, his friends are.
And Abbott and Pyne can either speak up for him, or speak up against him.
Either way they lose.
Tom Watson MP, whom the Murdoch people sought to blackmail and harass, put it best I think when he with characteristic plainness in the House of Commons yesterday said:
‘Everybody in the world knows who is responsible for the wrongdoing at News Corporation: Rupert Murdoch. More than any other individual he is to blame. Morally, the deeds are his. He paid the piper, and called the tune. It is his company, his culture, his people, his business, his crimes, his profits, his power.’
Publish it not in Gath, he might have added, lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice.
And so it goes.