This was Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition Labour Party in Britain, at the Leveson inquiry 2012 into hacking and malpractice of newspapers.
“Organisations like News International had huge power and I think politicians were reticent to speak about some of these practices that were exposed. I include myself in that. There came a moment when I found it impossible not to speak out. I knew at that moment I was crossing a rubicon,” he said.” [BBC News]
This was Ed Miliband on the appalling tragedy at Hillsborough where 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death through no fault of their own:
“Two decades of torment… innuendo and downright lies spread about the person you loved: lies about rushing the gate, lies about ticketless fans, lies about the drunkenness of the victims.”
He demanded The Sun Newspaper apologise for being involved in the tissue of lies. The main selling title of the aforementioned News International. To this day The Sun newspaper is boycotted in most of Liverpool, even as toilet paper
Speaking of which, The Sun has just sent free to 22 million homes this week a special edition of the paper “This Is England.” Guess who it is holding a copy proudly?
Mr Ed “there’s an election in less than a year and I need the press” Miliband.
Miliband has now apologised, considering the inquest into events at Hillsborough are still ongoing. With the World Cup on, stress on British values to combat extremism in schools, must have seen like a good idea.
Plus bear in mind the Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy PM Nick Clegg and Leader of UKIP Nigek Farage also posed:
Also, whilst the toadying to Rupert Murdoch’s News International is sickening, it can only happen because The Sun is the best selling newspaper in Britain.
All of which is enough to make you question what are our British values all about …
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog