I notice that someone described as “Gordon Brown” has today in the House said that News International has “links with the criminal underworld”. As I facebooked just now, this statment could well be actionable but the atrocious bugger has said in in the House of Commons.
Sean Gabb has for long tried to emphasis the potentially damaging (for ordinary peoplr, for liberalism and for liberty) cosy links between Big-government and Big-business. I have not always shared his distruct of big-business in the mutual backscratching, preferring to believe that most bsuinessmen are not as sinister as most politicians.
However, what this continuing story shows is that eventually the government-monster, if it decides it’s in its own interest to do so, will destroy you, even if you are Rupert Murdoch. I am minded of Richard Blake’s descriptions of Byzantine show-trials in the Circus*, held by emperors who had decided either that a powerful person no longer pleased them or that they’d rather like to confiscate his wealth.