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Cameron's decent side another victim of Murdoch moral maze

British prime minister must dismantle power of disgraced News International executives who propelled him to Downing Street, writes Peter Oborne

Published 10/07/2011 | 05:00

For more than three decades the most powerful man in Britain has not been a politician; it has been the brilliant but ruthless US-based media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, who burst on to the scene with the purchase of the News of the World in an audacious takeover bid in 1968. Within barely a decade he had built up a controlling interest in British newspapers.

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But he did not just control the media. He dominated British public life. Politicians -- including prime ministers -- treated him with deference and fear. Time and again the Murdoch press -- using techniques of which we have only just become aware -- destroyed political careers. Murdoch also claims to determine the results of general elections.

So it is no wonder that politicians paid court. David Cameron and Tony Blair both flew round the world to make speeches to Murdoch's News Corp while they were in opposition. Ed Miliband was primed to follow suit before the latest scandal broke.

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