Murdoch: Coalition must not be for turning

Rupert Murdoch has praised the government’s tough stance on reducing the budget deficit.

Speaking at the inaugural Baroness Thatcher lecture at Lancaster House in London to an audience of 200 invited guests, he echoed her famous words, saying: “Like the lady, the coalition must not be for turning.”

The News Corp tycoon, who once described David Cameron as “lightweight” before deciding to back him in the election, said: “The new prime minister has come to office inheriting a daunting deficit. I am encouraged by his response.

“Strong medicine is bitter and difficult to swallow. But unless you stay the political course, you will neither be robust nor popular.”

The media mogul also vowed to eliminate “wrongdoing” in reference to the phone-hacking saga engulfing his News of the World redtop. “Often I have cause to celebrate editorial endeavour,” he said. “Occasionally, I have had cause for regret. Let me be clear. We will vigorously pursue the truth – and we will not tolerate wrongdoing.”

He was of course there to heap praise on Thatcher, whose government he also supported.

He described her as “a woman whose name has become a synonym for liberty and strength” and who “expanded the boundaries of freedom”.

(Source: MediaGuardian)




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Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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