As James Murdoch's Tuesday testimony before the Leveson Inquiry gives way to Rupert Murdoch's on Wednesday, the UK press is salivating over the notion that David Cameron coordinated with the Murdochs on their takeover of BSkyB before he became prime minister. And that would mean Cameron lied when he told Parliament in July he had no such contact with the Murdochs, and they're about to repay him for his lack of support for them before Parliament.
As The Telegraph's blogger Christopher Hope points out, Murdoch has already testified that he "briefly discussed" the BSkyB bid with Cameron, and that the two had dinner just as News Corporation was preparing to take over BSkyB, and conflicting with Cameron's press briefing from last July. At the time, his office stated: "Asked to consider the fact that the Code states that Ministers must avoid any appearance of conflict, the PMDS said the PM had not been involved in any of the discussions about BSkyB." The evidence in Murdoch's latest hearing also shows he worked closely with Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, as News Corporation prepared its bid to take over BSkyB. A Telegraph editorial suggests Hunt, an avowed supporter of Murdoch, couldn't have acted as an unbiased overseer of the deal, something Cameron should have known when he appointed him.
So basically, the press is pretty sure that Cameron is getting implicated in an illegally close relationship with the media barons that endorsed Cameron's Tory Party in the last election. And lest you think this is relegated to The Telegraph, take a look at the rest of London's front pages, baying for Cameron's blood:
There's The Independent with Murdoch's revenge:
Murdoch's own Times, with "Hunt in the frame":
The Telegraph, of course, with "Absolutely illegal":
The Financial Times with "Murdochs turn the tables":
The Daily Mail with another "revenge" take:
The Daily Mirror went with "Murdoch's Stooges":
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