The Murdoch Empire Knows No Bounds

The one feature that unites all recent commentary on Rupert Murdoch's audacious bid to completely buy out BSkyB TV is that such a move would give one man a disproportionate control over Britain's media. In this respect they are all barking up the wrong tree. Rupert Murdoch and his international News Corporation already have a massively undemocratic control over British affairs and I'm not just talking about sport. Whether he succeeds in buying the remaining part of Sky that he does not already own is largely immaterial to his already massive, unaccountable, undemocratic influence over British politics. Yes, the proposed buyout will be a bad thing for what passes for British democracy, a wafer thin phenomena at the best of times. Yes, a Murdoch total buyout of Sky will place Murdoch in a similar position to that of Berlusconi in Italy. And yes, with total control of Sky, Murdoch will be able to further manipulate our TV viewing habits by linking his press and TV interests even more closely. But the unpalatable truth is that he can and does do all of this and much more already. Journalists are at least ten years late in their Armageddon style articles. The beast is already here.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 May 2018 11:53 )

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Wayne's World and the Real World.

Both The Mail and The Independent led with pretty much the same headline, comparing Wayne Rooney's world with that of what they described as the real world. Credit to them both. Jonathan Brown for The Independent summed the story up thus;

..the opulence of Wayne's world and his historic record-breaking deal stands in stark contrast to the other news that rocked the city this week. It is now estimated that 40,000 people in the Greater Manchester area will lose their jobs as a result of chancellor George Osborne's plan to cut £83bn from public spending to fight the deficit.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 May 2018 12:17 )

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The Geopolitics of the Ryder Cup

'Have you ever been bemused by the incongruity of the European Champions League draw or, for that matter, any of the draws for contemporary European football? Kazakhstan is there and so is Azerbaijan and Armenia. Many of the republics of the former Soviet Union are included. Georgia is there as are the Baltic Republics. Israel gets itself an invite as does Turkey. By any stretch of the geographical imagination, this is truly an expanded Europe. In fact, a more accurate name for these sporting fixtures might be the Eurasia Cup. Don't misunderstand me, I am more than happy to see this expanded Europe battling it out on the playing fields, but I do marvel at how audacious Uefa has become in unilaterally redefining the European continent.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 May 2018 12:30 )

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Mother Russia Woos FIFA

Two very contradictory articles appeared in The Guardian 10/9/10 concerning Russia and its future prospects. The first was a Guardian Editorial 10/9/10 outlining both the grim economic prospects of post-Soviet Russia and also the autocratic nature of its power structures. On the economic front the editorial reads;


Russia itself is languishing. Its economy contracted by nearly 8% last year, its worst annual economic performance since 1994, and despite being so dependent on the stuff  it is producing less oil now than the Soviet Union did in the 1970's. Russia's economy has shrunk twice in the last decade, and deindustrialisation is making itself felt in Russia's mono-cities  those reliant on a single industry.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 May 2018 12:11 )

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Gold for Somalia

When Mo Farah won gold at the European Championships yesterday it was far more than just another excellent athletics performance from the British athletics squad. To understand the importance of Farah's victory, one has to consider the place that the Somalian community currently occupy in the British socio-economic system  rock bottom. Even the much maligned Bangladeshi community, through sheer length of tenure, has a higher social standing in our so called multi-cultural, tolerant Britian.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 May 2018 16:22 )

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