Inky fingers

New Labour’s relationship with Rupert Murdoch’s media empire was “much too cosy,” according to former Blairite cabinet minister Lord Falconer.

Probably the same could be said of Education secretary Michael Gove who regularly meets Murdoch and recently attacked the Leveson enquiry into the News International phone hacking scandal.

Murdoch, an Australian-born American citizen with too much political clout in Britain, knows that the pen is mightier than the sword but the man who provides the ink and paper is mightier still.

Oil is a three-letter word

SURPRISE, surprise. David Cameron’s desire to shower war-torn Somalia with humanitarian aid, cash and assistance in fighting terrorism is not altruism but opportunism.

Put another way, Britain wants a share in Somalia’s oil. What a curse oil always turns out to be for the nations who possess it!

Unbounded riches that turn out to bring unbounded misery, danger and conflict, plus the kindly intervention of fair-weather friends.

Arms and the man

RECESSION advances and the crisis endures but the armaments industry grew by 1 per cent last year with a global turnover of €350,000 million.

Principal customers were emerging nations, Latin America and countries like India and South Korea, both which are alarmed by China’s rearming.

So not only does man’s unkindness to man continue to thrive but, incongruously it throws a welcome lifeline to flagging economies.

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