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Subject: Tony Blair's socks (Was Re: UKNM: Fast Summit)
From: Mark Dolley
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 11:57:45 +0100

I wrote:
>>Closer to home, the Rt Hon Chris Smith MP, Secretary of State for
>>Culture, Media and Sport once had the idea of giving away
>>state-subsidised digital set-top boxes to everyone in the country and
>>financing the deal by auctioning off access licences.
>>But not only did it smack of centralised "big" government, it would have
>>dented Murdoch's plan. And as we all know, he is the one really running
>>the country.
Ray Taylor,tayloratbizbiz [dot] com had a go at me on 9/21/98 1:54 AM:

>Typical ex-pat "wisdom" on home affairs. I think the current UK government
>is the biggest (and undoubtedly the best and most popular) since 1945 and so
>needs no particular help from Australian entrepreneurs, despite what the
>crappy UK print media (Murdoch and otherwise) have to say about the matter.

David Bentley,david_bentleyatalny [dot] com chimed in on 9/21/98 6:40 AM:

>Typical partisan argument - it isn't about needing Murdoch now, it is about
>having needed Murdoch to get there. It is now pay back time.

The ex-pat crack was easy. It might be a little harder to discount the
two years I spent working as a Labour researcher in the Shadow Heritage
team, including drafting stuff for Chris Smith. As for proof of Murdoch's
insidious nature, you have no idea how heavily the proposed cross-media
ownership restrictions have been watered down from pre-manifesto

Next time I see you Ray, remind me to tell you about the time I told Tony
Blair to pull his socks up, in a lift at No.1 Parliament Street, while he
was still Shadow Home Secretary...


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