Murdoch's smarts told him that he could profit mightily if only there was a permanent Conservative government in power in the UK. But how to do that when working class people selfishly insisted on voting for their own economic interests rather than those of Rupert? BINGO! It suddenly hit Rupert. Find a way to seduce working class people away from their natural instincts.
It is said that in her hour of greatest peril, various heroes from England's history will fly to her aid. Although that didn't happen during, for example, the Blitz or Euro '96, this was because in the first instance Churchill was alive, so they didn't need to, and in the second, King Arthur is hopeless at penalties.
It's fair to say that the strength of Ed Miliband's attack on News International during last Wednesday's Prime Minister's Questions caught most political spectators by surprise. Amidst headlines of scandal and skulduggery, the Labour leader took a calculated risk to challenge the most powerful man in media. Could Miliband's surprising show of principles mark the beginning of a power shift - and a possible turnaround in his fortunes?
Ten million people are dying of starvation in The Horn of Africa, but you didn't read about that in the papers on Sunday because all of the journalists in the land were clutching their winkies and running about in a frenzied tizzy because one of their own had been hit. The News of the World has drawn its last breath and the temporary demise, before its resurrection under another name, of the Newscorpse muckraker on Sunday trumped all other stories.
For Carl Bernstein, one of the two reporters who brought the world the original "gate", there are important parallels between the fall of Richard Nixon and the fall of the House of Murdoch. The closing of ranks, the Murdoch "family" (which included not only the Murdochs themselves, but Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson, and arguably the whole of the Chipping Norton "set"), and frightened politicians kept it all quiet. But now the code of Omerta is broken, and people are starting to talk...