A Letter to My MP
Dear Mr Tomlinson
As my constituency MP I would like to register my grave concern over the events of the past week involving ex-employees of NewsCorp, namely Mr Coulson, and the threatening statements by NewsCorp companies against legally and democratically elected members of Parliament, and would like to express my view that the NewsCorp is not fit to run 40% of the United Kingdom’s news media, because of the events of the past and its track record in breaking the law by paying Police Officers for stories and illegal ‘phone hacking’ carried out by the News of the World – a NewsCorp company.
Firstly I would like to know what the Prime Minister is going to do after employing Mr Coulson who, at the time, was under suspicion of breaking the law, and giving him one of the highest security clearances in the Government; it seems foolhardy to associate with someone with a suspect criminal record but then giving him security clearance seems totally reckless. I cannot understand why Mr Cameron would do such a foolhardy thing, the idea of giving Mr Coulson a ‘second chance’ AND security clearance smacks at recklessness not normally associated with a Prime Minister.
This coalition – which no-one voted for – has made great play of personal responsibility, I would suggest that Mr Cameron would like to exercise some personal responsibility and resign, or at least call another Election to see if the country wants to give the Prime Minister a second chance?
On the note of personal responsibility the Prime Ministers quote that he would ‘would accept Rebekah Brooks resignation’ is a total understatement of the gravity of the situation, surely if the Prime Minister stands for personality he should have echoed Mr Milliband’s call for Ms Brooks resignation as it happened on ‘her watch’? I am afraid it seems that Mr Cameron afraid of the power of NewCorp that he cannot speak candidly on this subject as he can on other matters.
Secondly it has been reported that ‘The Sun’ has declared war on the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Milliband, for asking for the resignation of Rebekah Brooks who was Editor, and thus responsible, at the times of ‘phone hacking’ which has caused a righteous uproar over the past week. I would suggest that the proposed merger between BSkyB and NewsCorp is not in the interest of the United Kingdom and Parliamentary democracy. NewsCorp has proved itself untrustworthy to take control of 40% of the news media, and ‘The Sun’ has proved that the paper cannot be impartial or trusted be ‘fair’ in reporting of news.
‘The Sun’ in threatening Mr Milliband has shown the unacceptable face of NewsCorp. Democracy is not served by the agglomeration of power, whether financial or media, in one company – I trust Parliament along with 70% of the people asked about this issue in a recent ‘You Gov’ poll.
I look forward to your reply