A reader writes (in one of the most extended metaphors I've ever read) about News Corp's big move:

That’s my prediction – just like TimesDelete. This is way worse than closing the barn door after the horse ran away.

This is closer to riding your horse at full speed into the bright daylight, bragging about how people need your horse and love seeing it for free, then complaining about all the free pictures being taken of your horse, then getting thrown from your horse and watching it run away with all its freeloading admirers.

Then you wait about 10 years, sulk back to your barn, lock the door and demand that your horse return to its stall. I don’t like to say this; I’m an ex-newspaperman who loved the business with a passion and would have stayed forever if it hadn’t collapsed.

But dude, the horse is never coming back.