Friday, 4 May 2012

'Murdoch has been the bravest media owner in Britain in the last 40 years'

An interesting article by William Shawcross today in praise of Rupert Murdoch, to its credit in the Guardian of all places.

Yes and no. He broke the print unions but did much harm to the monarchy and much to our country. NOTW and Sun vile, although enjoyable in a vile, 18th century way, a guilty pleasure. Full of malice and prurience and they did much harm to people.  But in the end, the important thing to conclude is that state control and compulsory niceness are much more dangerous than the Digger. 

And he published the sainted John Vincent, though I did not recognise in the Sun editorials that Vincent wrote in the early 1980s the author of one of my favourite books, The Formation of the Liberal Party, 1857-68, which I read and reread, entranced, as a sixth former. That is a true work of genius.

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