Phone hacking fallout: ten days that shook Britain | Media | The Guardian

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Normally, people know how they are governed long before any change in the system happens. It did not take the Arab spring to teach the people of the Middle East how they were ruled. But in Britain there has been a degree of shock as the curtain was suddenly pulled back, revealing exactly how Murdoch has operated these last 30-plus years.

Perhaps it has not been much of a surprise to learn how intense the influence was that News International had over Britain’s politicians: the parties, the private meetings in the flat above No 10, the constant access – one reporter noted how Brooks would walk into Cameron’s suite at Conservative party conference without knocking, as if she were part of the team – allied with the fear that NI held radioactive dirt on almost everyone in public life.

via Phone hacking fallout: ten days that shook Britain | Media | The Guardian.

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