EU LEAVERS SEEK LEVERS: Boris, Gove “trying to work out which way Murdoch will jump”

 Whichever way Boris tilts on Brexit may well be dependent on Rupert Murdoch

Last Saturday morning, the 20th February, the Wall Street Journal ran this lead essay saying Britain would be better off outside the European Union.The same morning brought this Times editorial:

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A fortnight earlier, on 3rd February, The Sun had already called Cameron’s draft deal “a stitch-up”, “a farce”, and “a steaming pile of manure”. On the same day a Times leader opined, ‘This was supposed to be a radically reformed relationship with a more streamlined and accountable EU. It looks instead as if Mr Cameron has contented himself with whatever an unreformed union is willing to offer to Britain in the club’.

The Times, Sun and Wall Street Journal are all owned by Rupert Murdoch’s Newscorp.

The Mail on Sunday (not a Murdoch paper) leads this morning with the story of a Michael Gove and Boris Johnson dinner last week to discuss next moves….a ‘plot’ yarn I’d picked up from two sources last Friday. I was further told the following day that Johnson had been invited to Saturday’s Cabinet, but had excused himself.

The beat of the street is that Johnson is ‘on the brink’ of becoming an active Leaver on the EU issue. Both he and Gove are very close to Murdoch (the latter used to work for him). But for the moment, Newscorp is not taking an overt position.

Until the Spring of 2015, the general feeling in the corridors of power was that Murdoch would actively put his titles behind the Go camp. But from then on, leaks started to appear suggesting that the Digger had “mellowed on the issue”. Not only do I not believe this – the old rascal himself tweeted to deny it at the time – I have heard from others that Roop is still gagging to have Cameron fall flat on his face: he has always felt that the PM was “not supportive enough during the Newscorp corporate crisis”.

However, the background to this jockeying is an almost inextricable web of venal conflict in which Cameron, Osborne, Baron Green, Murdoch, senior bankers, Johnson and Gove are all enmeshed to one degree or another. The notable (and honourable) exception to the venality is Michael Gove, who is merely trying to work how enthusiastic media support for his position is going to be.

Boris and Roop in particular are conflicted: the former needs the City for any leadership bid (most of its movers are on the Stay team) and Murdoch too is said to need its help to bankroll further UK ambitions to take over from the BBC. Johnson has also confided to one or two friends that he feels Murdoch may have been ‘nobbled’ in some way by an Osborne-brokered deal with Cameron in return for certain Newscorp immunities.

One way or another, tomorrow is going to be a big day. Stay tuned.

27 thoughts on “EU LEAVERS SEEK LEVERS: Boris, Gove “trying to work out which way Murdoch will jump”

  1. What does ” Go ” mean ? Go where? To the EU or against the EU.? Stay
    concise liebling . Use Leave or Remain . Otherwise ( as the diplomatic
    geisha said to the Ferrero Ambassador)
    …” Mister Ambassadir you are confusing us !”

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  2. The most distasteful aspect of this is that I suspect Boris is sitting with his spivs with some sort of probability matrix trying to game theorise exactly what the outcomes could mean and then he will adjust his position based upon what side of the argument will most likely result in him becoming PM.

    These people are the most self interested, cynical and greedy vermin I could have ever conceived, as JW says – examine what they do, not what they say. That said, Dave’s performance on the Marr show this morning was a tour de force of linguistic chicanery and bent semantics, I really do wonder what exactly Marr was playing at letting him get away with such subterfuge, but that question answers itself….

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  3. As I have said before, this bunch could teach a barrow load of monkeys some new tricks.
    The level of connivance and complicity is truly astounding but, it doesn’t quite yet reach the level of contempt they show for us.

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  4. Herein will be a tale of the power of neoliberalism. Would neoliberalism support or oppose Brexit? The entire cast of characters are all neoliberals of course and they are on both sides of the issue. The secret is they are ready for either outcome because however it goes they still have the British government in its pocket as they have the EU in their pocket. It’s just two sides of the same coin. What is lost by Brexit or not Brexit can be made up for later in London or Brussels.

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  5. The idiocy is underway.

    That great thinker of our time, the caring sharing Ian Duncan Smith, has announced to BBC that staying in EU could make us MORE vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

    The Nasty party’s Youth movement wing the Young Britons Foundation (Shappenjugend) has written to its young storm troopers telling them to wait until after the Brexit vote before the putch to remove any Tory MP who campaigns to stay in.

    Fatty Soames tells us Boris DePeffel is NOT an outer but doesn’t know which way he will jump. The clever money says we will see Boris jump towards the best profit margin.

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  6. Excellent article JW.

    Democracy is clearly pushing up the daisies when the self-interest and opinion of a single Antipodean/U.S. criminal is by far the most important factor in a major decision on U.K. sovereignty. The fact that Turdoch is showing support for Brexit makes me question my own support for leaving. As Halfkidding points out above, both options are unappealing while such a despicable cast of characters conspire to impoverish the people of Britain on behalf of the financial sector.

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  7. It seems to me that the people will not really have a say on the EU thing anyway – that the stitch up is already in place , the politicos, their friends, the bankers and the media – wouldn’t it be nice if we had some more freak weather and a tidal wave arose to sweep all of them away …. nice!

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  8. At least the “what would Lady Thatcher think” debate appears to have fizzled out. Presumably the seance hasn’t recruited a harpy medium.

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  9. The following sequence of events would not surprise me:

    1. Shortly before the vote Dave wins some major concessions
    2. Boris and the rest of the rebellious clowns applaud the victory and they all strongly recommend staying in.
    3. Massive propaganda campaigns by the MSM promoting the victory and Bozo’s change of heart.
    4. Vote Stay wins
    5. Bozo is a shoe-in for the next leader of the Conservatives.
    6. People of UK get bent further and further over the table, without lube.

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  10. John, You mention Roop wanting to punish Dave. When I read that I wondered about Roop’s feelings towards Blair following the alleged Ugandan negotiations. A Brexit would certainly put paid to President Blair.

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  11. A few comments –
    Now that Mr Murdoch has nailed his colours to the mast, his position will undoubtedly influence some waverers.
    Amber Rudd – the Minister for Small Businesses, the majority of whose members are for OUT, declares she’s in the IN camp. Her views clearly contradict the people whose interests she’s supposed to serve. Perhaps it had something to do with her political ambitions within the party …..
    Hillary Benn – I suspect a great disappointment to his old dad. Frank Field finally confirms his longheld EUsceptic views and joins the Leave camp, which I suspect will now start gaining momentum, with many more climbing aboard.

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  12. With Boris joining the fray, I thought we should have an “out” anthem……

    Yo, Leave ho!
    Yo, Leave ho!
    Once more, once again, still once more
    Yo, Leave ho!
    Yo, Leave ho!
    Once more, once again, still once more
    Now we fell the stout EU tree,
    Now we pull hard: one, two, three.
    Ay-da, da, ay-da!
    Ay-da, da, ay-da!
    Now we pull hard: one, two, three.
    Now we pull hard: one, two, three.
    Yo, Leave ho!
    Yo, Leave ho!
    Once more, once again, still once more
    As we walk along the shore,
    To The Sun we sing our song.
    Ay-da, da, ay-da!
    Ay-da, da, ay-da!
    To The Sun we sing our song.
    Hey, hey, let’s leave a-long the way
    to The Sun we sing our song
    Yo, Leave ho!
    Yo, Leave ho!
    Once more, once again, still once more
    Oh, you, vulgar Euro-troughers,
    Mighty benefits deep and wide.
    Ay-da, da, ay-da!
    Ay-da, da, ay-da!
    Vulgar, Vulgar, Euro-troughers.
    Yo, Leave ho!
    Yo, Leave ho!
    Once more, once again, still once more
    Yo, Leave ho!
    Yo, Leave ho!

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  13. Notice that BoJo has had an “elder statesman” hair-do make over (per his spiel on recent Bbc London news). How this loathsome oaf is always on front page bewilders me much.
    PS Zac Goldsmith an outer as well.

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  14. I don’t think I could bring myself to vote for any cause led by either Cameron/Osborne or Johnson/Gove.
    So it’s looking like a spoiled ballot paper – and let them settle their own power games for their various foreign masters.

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  15. With Deutsche Bank and the Southern European banks on suicide watch this referendum could be pretty pointless by June.

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