When did Murdoch last back a loser?

The media mogul without the midas touch.

If the opinion polls have got it right, David Cameron will be deprived of an overall majority at best, squeezed out of the post-election coalition carve up, at worst. Either way, it will prove a huge blow for Rupert Murdoch whose Sun newspaper ditched Labour last autumn in favour of Cameron's Conservatives.

Murdoch has a reputation for backing winners. But his touch has deserted him before. Most recently in 2008 when his New York Post endorsed John McCain rather than his presidential rival - and eventual President - Barack Obama.

 

 

I was reminded of this fact when editing a piece for the forthcoming New Statesman by Peter Wilby this morning. (Wilby's analysis of the Sun and Daily Mail during this British election season is well worth looking out for.)

The New York Post editorial from 8 September 2008 is well worth looking at too, especially this on McCain's running mate:

McCain has been in Washington for many years now, but he is not of Washington. He knows where the levers of power are located - and how to manipulate them - but he is not controlled by them.

McCain's selection of the charming, but rock-solid, outsider Sarah Palin as his running mate underscores the point.

Rock solid?

 

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Police shoot man in parliament

A man carrying what appeared to be a knife was shot by armed police after entering the parliamentary estate. 

From the window of the parliamentary Press Gallery, I have just seen police shoot a man who charged at officers while carrying what appeared to be a knife. A large crowd was seen fleeing from the man before he entered the parliamentary estate.

After several officers evaded him he was swiftly shot by armed police.

Ministers have been evacuated and journalists ordered to remain at their desks. 

More follows. Read Julia Rampen's news story here.

Armed police at the cordon outside Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Getty

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.