Guardian.co.uk and the Observer are having a field day lambasting the NoW scandal and heaping withering scorn upon Rupert Murdoch. Can anyone say “schadenfreude”?
Suddenly, Rupert Murdoch seems much less a global mogul, much more a diminished man of glass.
It’s been a good week for British democracy and a bad one for bullies. Seldom if ever could a well-known surname have so quickly become an epithet of scorn.
The king is dead – long live democracy. With the immolation of the News of the World last week, we saw the end of the pre-eminent political influence of the last three decades in Britain. Rupert Murdoch’s pass to Number 10 has been withdrawn; the access code for his editors and senior executives has expired. All the unseen deal-making, fixing, manipulation and bullying, as well as that princely sense of entitlement emanating from News International headquarters at Wapping, have gone.