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Letter to MP Regarding Rupert Murdoch

In Uncategorized on July 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Yesterday, News Corp withdrew its bid to take a controlling stake in BSkyB, pre-empting a commons vote in which MPs of all three major parties were expected to overwhelmingly vote against it.  Below is a letter I sent my MP regarding the vote in the commons, and the actions I hoped that he/she might take.

The first two paragraphs are from a template written by 38 Degrees, and the final paragraph is my own.  I believe the internet campaign conducted by 38 Degrees has at least contributed partly to the resistance within the Commons to the takeover, and therefore to News Corp withdrawing its bid.

Of course, this is just the start – Rupert Murdoch still owns The Sun, The Times, a fairly significant chunk of BSkyB, Fox, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Australian and countless other newspapers, magazines, studios, television stations and websites worldwide.  His control over our world is unwelcome and undemocratic. One obvious next step would be to refer not just this takeover, but all of Murdoch’s businesses to Ofcom.  Is this man ‘fit and proper?’

Dear ______,

I’d like to ask you, as my MP, to do all you can to stop Rupert Murdoch being rewarded with even more power. If there’s a vote on the takeover of BSkyB, please will you vote to stop the deal?

This is no time to hand even more power to Rupert Murdoch. If anything, his power should be being reduced. Please vote to stop the BSkyB takeover until police investigations, public enquiries, and Ofcom assessments have all been completed.

Even after all such investigations have been conducted, and the question of whether he is ‘fit and proper’ has been answered one way or the other, there will still remain a further question. This is whether it is a contradiction to the values of democracy to allow an unelected magnate to have the power over the public and over our elected officials that this man already has. I strongly believe the answer is ‘Yes, this is an outright insult to the values of representative democracy.’ We elected you and the other honourable members of parliament to represent our views, not his.

Thanks for reading this email, and should you wish, I would be happy to discuss this matter with you further.

Yours sincerely,

Dr _______


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