Rebekah’s arrest and certain gaoling for years not months will mean Rupert’s gaoling too and the end of his newspaper empire here and the end of the influence of Andrew Bolt, Janet Albrechtsen, Steve Lewis, Imre Salusinski, Tim Blair, Piers Akerman, David Speers, Laurie Oakes, Denis Shanahan and the contemptible Newspoll tweaker O’Shannessy. It was a big day for democracy and the Social Democrat parties which will have a wind at their back hereafter as the net widens and more and more high-stepping Murdochists are hunted down and punished. David Cameron may go to gaol, and John Howard and Mark Vaile for giving two hundred and ninety-seven thousand dollars to Saddam Hussein. Ed Miliband or Nick Clegg may be Prime Minister by Christmas. And so on.
Murdoch’s gaoling was always on the cards and I alone on earth have been predicting it. Under Delaware law, where his company is constituted, the CEO of any company that seeks to corrupt foreign officials — Scotland Yard, for instance — goes automatically to gaol. He has no friends left and the number of his allies dropped by half with Rebekah’s arrest and bailing.
‘Murdoch cheats; it’s what he likes to do’ is what I’ve been tediously saying for years now.
It’s now official.
Or perhaps you disagree.