Submitted by mark karlin on Tue, 09/06/2011 – 7:20pm.
MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH FOR TRUTHOUT
Tony Blair didn’t just play godfather to one of Rupert Murdoch’s daughters by his third wife. Blair is the godfather.
People generally pick close friends to honor by being a godparent, so Murdoch didn’t choose Blair by accident. According to The Guardian UK, “Murdoch’s third wife, Wendi Deng, who let slip the information in an interview with Vogue, described Blair as one of Rupert’s closest friends.”
Meanwhile, the British Parliament has once again begun hearings on the Murdoch News Corp. hacking and bribery scandal. The incestuous relationships of Murdoch with UK governments of both the Labour and Conservative Parties flow seamlessly from one parliamentary majority to another. The current UK Prime Minister, Conservative David Cameron, has been so tight with Murdoch that Cameron’s former press secretary was one of Murdoch’s infamous tabloid editors.
As Henry Porter scathingly observes in The Guardian UK: “Real political power always works unseen, and that is how Murdoch has pulled the levers in British society. Prime ministers who accept Murdoch’s support end up doing his bidding.”
Add British Petroleum to the mix, as it is the first or second-largest company in the UK, depending upon the criteria used – and you have a triumvirate of government/media propaganda and corruption/big oil corporate rule. There is little doubt that BP, for instance, played an enormous role in influencing Blair to back the invasion of Iraq – and it has always figured prominently in relations with Libya.
The result of this chronic triumvirate rule (and add a host of other corporations to join BP in the winner’s circle) is that the UK has the semblance of democracy, but the structure of the elite status quo remains basically unchanged under governments of any political party.
If that sounds a lot like how things are in the United States, that’s because it is.