Brown and Murdoch: the quotes

Proving the point of my column

Anyone interested in the subject of my column and blog yesterday on the relationship between New Labour and Rupert Murdoch, and the reasons for the latter's mythical "influence", should look at these quotations from Gordon Brown and the media mogul.

Here is my (least) favourite, from Murdoch:

Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, whenever I'm in town, they say, 'Can't you come over for a cup of tea?' When you're invited by the prime minister to have a cup of tea, you have a cup of tea. It's sometimes very inconvenient, if you're only there for two days and you have a month's work to do. And you have to be careful to have a cup of tea with them both or they're very suspicious that you are lining up with the other one.

And from Brown, after the Sun turned against him:

I have a lot of admiration for Rupert Murdoch personally. His family come from not far from mine in Scotland, and his attitudes to hard work and getting on with things you can only admire. But the Sun has tried to become a political party. It's not personal about Rupert, he's always been very friendly to me. I think the Sun's made a mistake, but that's up to them.

 

James Macintyre is political correspondent for the New Statesman.
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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.