So over the past few weeks, British MPs have been grilling the high and mighty of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. This company owns among other things five newspapers in the UK, The New York Post, The Fox Network and has various major shareholdings in Satellite broadcasters across world.
The findings of this lengthy Parliamentary Select Comittee (and the subsequent trial-by-media, as the Leveson Inquiry into press standards continues) have been released to the house of commons and the media. Unsurprisingly, it was a split vote, with five labour MPs and one Liberal Democrat voting the report through, with the four Conservative MPs voting against it. Their reasoning will no doubt come out with the fullness of time.
One major quibble is the calling of Rupert Murdoch "unfit to run a major international company". Perhaps the word international should have been omitted, because the focus of such a committee should surely be on UK matters alone. Personally, I agree with the findings, that Murdoch is not fit to be a company director in the UK, as when someone like him wilfully turns a blind eye to dubious practices from his employees, all is not well.
Not content with that, Conservative MP, Louise Mensch has waded in to an argument, where some troll on Twitter called her, amongst other things, "a whore". Now I'm on her side that this is unacceptable and the perpetrator will have to face the consequences for his or her actions. This is what Mrs. Mensch had to say about it:
"Abuse directed at women is always sexual or violent. If somebody is considered attractive, it's a sexual and violent fantasy levelled against them. If someone is considered unattractive, it's personal remarks about their body."
In this case, I would like to hereby utilise my right to abuse Mrs. Mensch and prove her wrong - She is weak willed and because of that, she paid full obedient attention to the party whip, falling in line with her Conservative Party colleagues and tried to scupper the committee report. Because the Conservatives could not find something that they wished to find (a pat on the back for Mr. Murdoch, perhaps?), they abandoned their support for the report and tried to make it look like all Labour's fault. Does this not smack of the actions of a party unfit to govern? Perhaps they are in the back pocket of Mr. Murdoch and did not want to upset the apple cart. Oh, of course, they have media backing from the Sun, that puts a positive spin on things - if they were to take a dim view of Murdoch, that might change...
Now, this abuse that I have levelled against Mrs. Mensch is neither violent or sexual. I have not said that I would wish to inflict any harm upon her, nor do I find her particularly unattractive. She's not my type, but that can't be held against her.
I'm a Labour voter and seeing us descend back into the ways of the Tory led rampages of the 1980s and early 90s, I hope that the voters give the Tories a kicking at the local polls today. I'll do my bit later on.