Adam Smith, Frederic Michel at Leveson: 5 things we learned

Including 1000 texts between DCMS and News Corp.

  1. David Cameron knew Jeremy Hunt was pro-BSkyB before he gave the Department of Culture, Media and Sport control of the bid, after taking it off Vince Cable because he was too biased.
  2. Jeremy Hunt isn't a fan of the Guardian – he said in a memo to the Prime Minister that it would be "totally wrong to cave into the [BBC], Channel 4, Guardian line", who were opposing the BSkyB bid because it would create an enormous media conglomerate with huge amounts of power.
  3. James Murdoch wanted to “repeat what his father did at Wapping”, over the BSkyB bid. In the 1980s, Rupert Murdoch was allowed to buy the Times and the Sunday Times after a secret meeting at Chequers with Margaret Thatcher. He then broke the print unions by moving his newspaper offices to Wapping, where staff crossed picket lines with the help of police.
  4. Frédéric Michel makes very silly jokes in his texts. He apologised for his quip that receiving information from Jeremy Hunt's office was “absolutely illegal >!” saying “I apologise if my texts are too jokey sometimes”
  5. Adam Smith is a keen texter - but only to some people. He sent 257 texts to Frederic Michel - of 1000 texts exchanged between the department of culture, media and sport and News Corporation - and none to competitors.
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“Trembling, shaking / Oh, my heart is aching”: the EU out campaign song will give you chills

But not in a good way.

You know the story. Some old guys with vague dreams of empire want Britain to leave the European Union. They’ve been kicking up such a big fuss over the past few years that the government is letting the public decide.

And what is it that sways a largely politically indifferent electorate? Strikes hope in their hearts for a mildly less bureaucratic yet dangerously human rights-free future? An anthem, of course!

Originally by Carly You’re so Vain Simon, this is the song the Leave.EU campaign (Nigel Farage’s chosen group) has chosen. It is performed by the singer Antonia Suñer, for whom freedom from the technofederalists couldn’t come any suñer.

Here are the lyrics, of which your mole has done a close reading. But essentially it’s just nature imagery with fascist undertones and some heartburn.

"Let the river run

"Let all the dreamers

"Wake the nation.

"Come, the new Jerusalem."

Don’t use a river metaphor in anything political, unless you actively want to evoke Enoch Powell. Also, Jerusalem? That’s a bit... strong, isn’t it? Heavy connotations of being a little bit too Englandy.

"Silver cities rise,

"The morning lights,

"The streets that meet them,

"And sirens call them on

"With a song."

Sirens and streets. Doesn’t sound like a wholly un-authoritarian view of the UK’s EU-free future to me.

"It’s asking for the taking,

"Trembling, shaking,

"Oh, my heart is aching."

A reference to the elderly nature of many of the UK’s eurosceptics, perhaps?

"We’re coming to the edge,

"Running on the water,

"Coming through the fog,

"Your sons and daughters."

I feel like this is something to do with the hosepipe ban.

"We the great and small,

"Stand on a star,

"And blaze a trail of desire,

"Through the dark’ning dawn."

Everyone will have to speak this kind of English in the new Jerusalem, m'lady, oft with shorten’d words which will leave you feeling cringéd.

"It’s asking for the taking.

"Come run with me now,

"The sky is the colour of blue,

"You’ve never even seen,

"In the eyes of your lover."

I think this means: no one has ever loved anyone with the same colour eyes as the EU flag.

I'm a mole, innit.