Conviction politics and the monkey's uncle

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With Tom Watson out to Australia to take on News Corp's unrestrained bias, Rodney E. Lever reckons Rupert Murdoch is being kidded to by his entourage and staff.

CURRENT Newspolls from the Murdoch press and Rupert Murdoch’s praise for Tony Abbott’s character in his extraordinary tweet, leaves me with the suspicion that the old guy in New York is being kidded to.


If Tony Abbott is a “conviction politician” then Rupe can only be described as a monkey’s uncle.

The late Maggie Thatcher was a “conviction politician” too, and we all know what Maggie did for Rupert and Rupert did for Maggie.

I suspect that what is going on within the walls of News Limited Australia is a campaign to keep the chief happy.  If he is not happy he has a serious ability to scare the daylights out of everyone concerned.  To be a jobless ex-News Corp journalist or pollster in the current climate is a fate I would not wish on anyone.

No one would be safe — not even Col 'Pot':

I wouldn’t put it past the News pollsters, now also under Col’s direction, of using tricks like ringing aged care centres where most of the inmates are hard of hearing; or polling through landline phones only in the wealthier suburbs where Liberals live.

Such techniques have been practiced by Murdoch newspapers in the past. Why else would today’s financially challenged newspapers pay for their own polling companies?

Perhaps I have too much faith in the sense of the voters of Australia, who must by now have seen enough of Tony Abbott to realise what a fraud he is and what a spiteful, nasty lot the members of his Coalition are.

We will find out for sure on September 7. Then let the mayhem begin!

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