If the UK authorities are serious, they should confiscate James Murdoch’s passport
I waver back and forth in my judgement of James Murdoch. While there is no doubt at all in my mind that he is a mendaci0us freak, I cannot make my mind up as to whether – given the current outlook for Rupe’s son – he is simply brazen, very stupid, or both. As an excellent piece in today’s IoS from the irrepressible Matt Chorley points out, our James
‘….will this week face fresh questions from a parliamentary inquiry into News International’s financial links to Rebekah Brooks, who resigned at the height of the phone-hacking scandal. Mr Murdoch’s reappearance at the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee is expected to be dominated by doubts cast on his earlier claims not to have known about the extent of phone hacking at News of the World….’
However, unless Tom Watson has been bagged by the Bodysnatchers over the last few weeks, I doubt very much if Murdoch the Younger will be allowed to retire from his next CM&S session without explaining why Rebekah Redtop received a £1.7m payout, a chauffeur-driven car and a central London office as part of her go-forth-and-do-not-darken etc etc clear-out of all the hitherto undiscovered wicked elements within Newscorp. It also seems, by the way, that La Brooks has been told she will one day be able to return to the company, maybe even in as little as two years from now.
Now if you were James Murdoch Top Banana with a Clark Kent-style zero tolerance policy towards ethical anti-matter, isn’t bringing the Princess of Depravity back a bit like having a cancer implant? It’s a rhetorical question, to which the answer is obvious. But of course, ZTP has become the bollocks of choice for every evil multinational organisation over the last decade. Thinking this through at even the most superficial level it is hard to escape the conclusion that flame-haired Rebekah has some pretty serious dirt on the Murdochs.
And evil is as evil does. James Murdoch and his cryogenically preserved Dad not only face pretty serious charges over here, they face far more serious charges in the US, where corporate turpitude is a much easier offence to prove. The Murdoch twin-shares arrangement to their public companies can keep them in power, but it can’t keep them out of jail. Now that the FBI is on James’s case (as the CEO in America, he is personally responsible for the Mafiaesque behaviour of his forceful subsidiaries) it is, I suspect, only a matter of time before the US and UK Governments are arguing about nothing more than who gets the first shot at this obnoxious young man. (Rupert’s age alone, I would argue, probably guarantees his safety from prison).
told The Observer in 2009. That same year, he talked up the benefits of “a gradual cap on carbon pollution” in a Washington
Post piece entitled “Clean energy is a conservative cause.” His wife,Kathryn Hufschmid Murdoch, is a climate hawk too. She has worked and served as an advisory board member at the Clinton Climate Initiative, and she’s on the board of the US Environmental Defence Fund. “Climate change is the most urgent global issue facing humankind,” she wrote in 2007.