Mystic Murdoch

Murdoch still has his finger on the pulse of politics


Meanwhile, Davie’s BBC recently devoted a three-part TV series, The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty, to questioning whether Rupert Murdoch still has his finger on the political pulse. News UK insiders certainly think he does. They recall with awe how Murdoch himself predicted a majority of 80 seats for the Conservative Party in the media company’s election sweepstake last December, exactly the gain that Boris Johnson’s government ended up with. Among the unlikely guests at News UK’s election shindig at their London Bridge headquarters that night was Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett. “She turned up with Liz Murdoch and [her artist husband] Keith Tyson and was overheard asking people whether they knew what time the last train to Sevenoaks was,” we’re told. “I now can’t help wondering whether she was also getting political primers for the next series of [BBC miniseries] Mrs America.

8th October 2020