So major donors to the governing political party are promised access to the PM? Yawn, what’s new? Anyone who believed that the UK is a democracy and not a plutocracy must have rotted his/her brains on “reality” TV.
The real interest in this story is that Sunday Times journalists were behind the sting. For “Sunday Times journalists” read Rupert Murdoch. The grand old man of tax-dodging neo-liberalism has been wounded by the phone-hacking scandal, his son’s tail-between-legs retreat to the USA, and the forced withdrawal of his bid to take full control of BSkyB. With previously cowed politicians daring to stick their necks out and actually criticise him, he had to do something to show who is still in charge.
Dropping the top tax rate to 45% isn’t enough to mollify this unashamed champion of channelling money and power from the poor to the super-rich. Luckily, Murdoch doesn’t have to pay politicians to influence them. As he has just reminded the chastened Bullingdon boys supposedly in charge of the country, he is still the puppet-master. Cross him and you will suffer. It will be interesting to see who cosies up to Murdoch in the next few months.
P.S. This is all sick-making. There has never been more need for the people to build an alternative economy/political system and take back power. Hooray for the Occupy movement, the Indignados and The Global Teach-In on 25 April, in which Edinburgh, representing Scotland, should be participating. Watch this space!
P.P.S. A man called “Bear Mudrock”, with a striking resemblance to Rupert Murdoch was the anti-hero of my novel, Saving the World.