Excuse my language, I feel able to get away with it because I'm quoting the great Irish writer James Joyce when he had one of the characters in his famous novel "Ulysses" describe the fictitious newspaper where he worked as "The Arse Wipers Weekly" The phrase comes in to my head every time I hear the name Murdoch. I confess that Rupert Murdoch has been a personal thorn in my side ever since I first heard of him and read what passes for journalism in his papers. You see I made a promise to myself a long long time ago to make every effort never to hate anyone, hence the Murdoch thorn in my side.
The Murdoch Empire the Metropolitan Police and the Government are looking more and more like a sack of rats which have been poked by a stick as each day passes, is Capitalism an abomination or what; does it hold the moral high ground over other political systems; has it not become more difficult to claim that? These shysters are the people who have most vociferously attacked Socialism over the years, what can they say now? We live in times where tens of thousands of people are losing their jobs and their homes and our society is being shown as venal and dishonourable. Driven by a rich and greedy group of rich twisters backed to the hilt by an all powerful Press dictator who is power mad and immoral, how did we get here?
Chances have come and gone for one reason or another. We missed the boat when we watched the French Revolution when we should have been joining in, likewise the Russian Revolution, but opportunities will come again just like this one, why? Because capitalism cannot work, it creates far more losers than it ever could winners and that won't change; not until we make it change and make it change we must.
I have long argued within the Labour Party that we should not try to get along with people like Murdoch. Whatever he and his mob might say or do including backing Labour they are not our friends and no matter what we may say or do they will stab us in the back when it suits them, better to die on your feet than live on your knees. Circumstances have now presented the left with an unprecedented advantage over the people who see themselves as our natural rulers, A financial Tsunami; and now a collapse in the Capitalist Press's credibility must surely give us the incentive to keep going until we have cleaned these crooks and thugs out of Government, Police and Media. Time to show solidarity with what we consider to be justice honesty and decency. Socialism is a good idea, look around you; do you want to carry on like this forever?
Do people really want to have their lives and the lives of their friends and loved ones influenced by the kind of brutes who celebrated when an Argentine ship was sunk with hundreds of lives lost with the Murdoch headline "Gotcha" is that who we are? Thatcher wanted to prevent the Argentinean dead being prayed for at the post war ceremony at Westminster Abbey until the Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie threatened to refuse to officiate at the service, is that who we are? It is the most delicious of ironies that Archbishop Runcie is a holder of the Military Cross for his distinguished bravery in Normandy as a tank commander in World War 11.
I'll tell you who we really are though and Murdoch won't like it, we are the British Sailors who served on HMS Fearless in the Falklands who tore up copies of the SUN and threw them into the sea when they read the Headline 'Gotcha' that's who we are and we will never be Murdoch's kind. When Murdoch ran the headline "bonkers Bruno locked up" when the popular boxer Frank Bruno had a mental breakdown he (Murdoch) was saying quite clearly that that is exactly the kind of people we are, well, are we?
Let's try to make this a fresh start, when we get rid of Murdoch and the rest of the crooks and low lifers who hang on to him as well as cleaning out the Metropolitan Police and their friends in high places we must all be vigilant and make sure that the penny has at last dropped and say in that great Socialist word, 'collectively' we will not let this happen again.