“But don’t rejoice too soon at your escape
The womb he crawled from is still going strong”
It is good news that former Sun and News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks was arrested on 13 March, along with five other senior News International officials, for conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
Brooks is one of Rupert Murdoch’s top aides. She is close friends with both David Cameron’s family and Tony Blair’s. It is relatively rare, in this society, for such big fish to get reeled in. Also pleasing is the fact that she did not seem to know that the arrest was coming.
It is still a number of big steps, however, from here to senior News International figures being convicted of anything serious. These people have a lot of money and very good lawyers; and their connections with various wings of the political establishment mean there will be a lot of pressure for some sort of fudge.
But even if Brooks et al do go down, and even if it seriously impacts on Murdoch’s empire, the capitalist press system which produced these monstrosities will remain fully functioning. Even in the best possible variant, it will produce new Rupert Murdochs and new Rebekah Brooks, all over the world, in the future.
Socialists must argue for a a democratic media which combines public ownership of large-scale media resources with freedom from state control.
Such a media would allocate those resources to political parties, workers’ organisations and groups of citizens based on their support in the population.
• The socialist alternative to the capitalist “free press” here