Friday 17 November 2017

Brought to book on the politics of saying nothing

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall embrace at the Rugby World Cup
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall embrace at the Rugby World Cup
Eamon Gilmore

Gerard O'Regan

During the off-the-pitch hoopla at the recent Rugby World Cup, one particular image stood out. Mutually bedecked in scarves which showed them as enthusiastic supporters of the Australian team were the smiling octogenarian media mogul Rupert Murdoch and an equally self-satisfied Jerry Hall. She is, of course, best known for being the ex-wife of Rolling Stone Mick Jagger.

Despite relative maturity on both sides, it seems that in the international world of the glitterati, they can now be classified as a couple. They are both stepping out together, so to speak. To some, it may seem an unlikely liaison - but as always in such cases, it is only the duo involved who can explain its deeper enigmas.

What first brought them together must also remain mysterious to those on the outside looking in. But in tandem with the usual chance and circumstance which usually underpins such matters, it seems former British prime minister Tony Blair inadvertently played an unlikely role in the way things turned out.

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