Supported by Nick Clegg and David Cameron, Ed Miliband seems to be leading a counter-attack on the press. The politicians are starting from a weak position, but together they could regain some relative power.
It is ironic that the three prime ministers who are most responsible for the current leaders’ weakness were three of the most powerful premiers – David Lloyd George, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.
Lloyd George sold honours, bought the Daily Chronicle, ennobled proprietors and invited Beaverbrook and Rothermere into government. Margaret Thatcher allowed Rupert Murdoch to take over the Times and Sunday Times, even though he already owned the Sun and News of the World. Tony Blair became so close to Rupert Murdoch that he became godfather to one of Murdoch’s daughters.
It was prime ministers from each of the three main parties who created the current situation. It would be a fitting solution for the three parties to work together to resolve it.