Rupert Murdoch is not a fit and proper person

Mr_Fingerz

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Er, but what will happen out of it?

I mean, he can just shrug.

I don't think he gives a damn about what they say, and surely it can be brushed off as "partisan politics" if inclined to do so?
 
#3
Prevarication,Party Political voting,Not our Remit,,in other words a Whitewash.....
 
#4
I bet he's cacking himself - the old toad. By return of post his media is likely to observe that our MPs are 'not fit to run a country.' I'd rather be shot of our MPs and get a fresh batch than see Murdoch go and the Barclays of this world get more share...
 
#5
Polititians say he is not fit to run a company, who said irony was dead?

Hello pot, this is kettle send colour setting over.
 

TheIronDuke

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#6
I am astonished. The Tory's thought they had swamped the committee which would have led to another toothless statement. But for once in recent history a Lib-Dem does the decent thing and sides with Labour. The fact that the report was being fought on party political lines says a lot about what is wrong in Westminster but that's another story.

Nice one MP types. Let us hope Rupert and Draco are dragged into the Commons to say they are very sorry for being lying gits.
 

Wordsmith

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#7
Both the Conservatives and Labour both have a lot to lose from a full examination of their dealings with Murdoch. They both prostituted themselves for favourable coverage.The problem will be proving it as you can do a lot on a 'nod and a wink' basis without anything being committed to paper.

But at least this is a start to cleaning out the Augean stables that politics have become.

Wordsmith

Note to political parties: if you present your case with conviction, clarity, honesty and without spin, you won't need to go crawling to media moguls to get your point across.
 

Bouillabaisse

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#8
There's a "fit and proper person" test for ownership of British media outlets, such as newspapers and, more importantly, TV rights. It seems to be partly why James Murdoch has gone west - there is a real concern that he might not pass the test if it came to a full takeover of BSkyB. It sounds like the committee are trying to get Rupe looked at.

Mind you, if you look at some of the other newspaper proprietors a "fit and proper person" test doesn't seem to have been applied anywhere.
 
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There's a "fit and proper person" test for ownership of British media outlets, such as newspapers and, more importantly, TV rights. It seems to be partly why James Murdoch has gone west - there is a real concern that he might not pass the test if it came to a full takeover of BSkyB. It sounds like the committee are trying to get Rupe looked at.

Mind you, if you look at some of the other newspaper proprietors a "fit and proper person" test doesn't seem to have been applied anywhere.
Well, they might be tax evaders, expat Russian 'Biznessmen' wearing Kevlar to board meetings and pornographers-but they don't go horseriding with 'Call Me Dave' or tap the comms of Government, corrupt the Met and hack into dead schoolgirls phones. They are sleazy, but they seem to have some self respect. They are HONESTLY sleazy.
 
#12
Note to political parties: if you present your case with conviction, clarity, honesty and without spin, you won't need to go crawling to media moguls to get your point across.
Michael Foot relied on conviction, clarity, honesty and was spin less and look what happened to him....

Just sayin, like.
 

Auld-Yin

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There's a "fit and proper person" test for ownership of British media outlets, such as newspapers and, more importantly, TV rights. It seems to be partly why James Murdoch has gone west - there is a real concern that he might not pass the test if it came to a full takeover of BSkyB. It sounds like the committee are trying to get Rupe looked at.

Mind you, if you look at some of the other newspaper proprietors a "fit and proper person" test doesn't seem to have been applied anywhere.
While Rupe may not give two fecks for Britain as the money he gets here is small compared to other countries, especially USA, what would harm him is if he is classed as 'Not a fit person' in the UK, then USA law I believe means that he would have to be thoroughly investigated in the USA before being given or allowed to continue, with any licences. US Corporate law is a lot more stringent than UK and they take into account what other countries have to say about major players in the corporate scene. This is something that I believe Rupe would want to swerve more than anything else.
 

Bouillabaisse

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Well, they might be tax evaders, expat Russian 'Biznessmen' wearing Kevlar to board meetings and pornographers-but they don't go horseriding with 'Call Me Dave' or tap the comms of Government, corrupt the Met and hack into dead schoolgirls phones. They are sleazy, but they seem to have some self respect. They are HONESTLY sleazy.
You think so? You think Dirty Des hasn't been to Chequers, or the Barclays brothers haven't had a meeting or two with Cameron? Or the Star and Mirror haven't used the same techniques as the Sun or the Screws? They've just not been caught yet, because the hounds need some newspapers on the outside looking in.
 
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You think so? You think Dirty Des hasn't been to Chequers, or the Barclays brothers haven't had a meeting or two with Cameron? Or the Star and Mirror haven't used the same techniques as the Sun or the Screws? They've just not been caught yet, because the hounds need some newspapers on the outside looking in.
Perhaps.But they are so OBVIOUSLY sleazy that most people are ashamed to be seen with them. Murdoch and his minions appeared to be so fireproof that they could get away with anything-and that therefore if they were fireproof, they were good people for an aspiring politician to cultivate-That was the self-generating cycle of influence.

Can you honestly see any aspiring backbencher willing to be photographed with Richard 'Asian Babes' Desmond? Pure ammunition for the opposition there. Any ex-Minister will put pen to paper to write a column for a paper if asked (and paid) but if you want to be associated with Jersey based tax exiles or Russian politics that's probably not a good long term career move if you are serving.

If such people go to Chequers its usually because one of the Cabinet has done a Ron Davies and it needs to be hushed up. A free press is fine. So long as it knows its limits to be free in. News International lost sight of that years ago.
 
#17
Bringing nothing to the debate whatsoever (other than the vast majority of Journos & MP's are dishonest self serving scum) Louise Mensch was looking pretty damn hot today and should be added to the unseen celebrity tits thread (if I could be bothered) :)
 
#18
I love Sky News' slant on things.

Sky News Headline said:
MPs 'Misled' By News Intl Execs Over Hacking

The Grauniad said:
Rupert Murdoch 'not fit' to lead major international company, MPs conclude
Paragraph 2 & 3

Sky News Headline said:
The Culture, Media and Sport select committee singled out former NOTW editor Colin Myler, ex-legal manager Tom Crone and Les Hinton, who worked for Rupert Murdoch for more than 50 years for criticism.
In a report it said: "Their instinct throughout, until it was too late, was to cover up rather than seek out wrongdoing and discipline the perpetrators."
The Grauniad said:
Rupert Murdoch is "not a fit person" to exercise stewardship of a major international company, a committee of MPs has concluded, in a report highly critical of the mogul and his son James's role in the News of the World phone-hacking affair.

The Commons culture, media and sport select committee also concluded that James Murdoch showed "wilful ignorance" of the extent of phone hacking during 2009 and 2010 – in a highly charged document that saw MPs split on party lines as regards the two Murdochs
Myler, Hinton and Crone are gonna be the NI scapegoats for this. St James of Murdoch will slink away back to the US News Corp operation and deny everything


 
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I love Sky News' slant on things.




Paragraph 2 & 3




Myler, Hinton and Crone are gonna be the NI scapegoats for this. St James of Murdoch will slink away back to the US News Corp operation and deny everything


Thing is he may not be safe there either if the investigations over there also start breathing down their necks. The other ramification of this is the ownership of BSkyB, will they now be required to sell their stake in it as they are no longer deemed fit and proper.
 

Mr_Fingerz

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#20
According to Reuters, the FCPA investigation is being led by the FBI (IIRC) and the Murdochs have hired a legal big hitter to try and keep them out of the mire. I think that the SEC is also having a look at their fitness. So it may all go the shape of pears in the US and he won't be able to slink back to Australia having given up citizenship to become a yank.

May he live in interesting times.
 

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