Byers Market

<em>Rupert Murdoch has been forbidden to purchase Manchester United. There's an Abba revival in the

Friday night, it was time to phone

Looking out for the squad to own

When you'd made the right moolah,

paid up every bill

You could expect a kill

Man United was in your eyes

Tidy bung but a perfect prize

With a bit of stock market, everything

is fine

You knew the world would agree

On a monopoly . . .

But you're a grasping fiend, old,

obscene, nearly seventy

Grasping fiend, closing deals on a

football team, oh yeah

You could scheme, you could buy,

having the Times on your side

But change that strip, watch that Sky

This is the DTI

This article first appeared in the 19 April 1999 issue of the New Statesman, Prepare for a brave new world