A strange story popped up in the last few days claiming that Louise Mensch, the hot young Tory Chick-lit writer, one of the MPs who gave Murdoch (Aka Dr Magoo) a grilling last week, that she had taken drugs at an EMI event (about 10 years ago), and worse that shed associated there with known Socialists (Gasp! I hope she didnt catch anything!). Beeb take on it here.
Now what was strange about this was how it emerged, as the Guardian reports, it seems the story got going when a blogger associated with the Daily Telegraph confronted her with information (photos, etc.) and …hold up…did I say Daily Telegraph? Since when have they gone for sleazy tabloid stories? And arent they the same paper who stitched up Vince Cable a few months back and did Murdoch a big favour? And it seems strangely coincidental that a blogging freelance journalist just happens upon photos from 10 years ago, the week after Ms Mensch grilled Murdoch?…much like it seemed oddly coincidental that a similar group of freelancers for the Telegraph would ambush Vince Cable the same time hed been given the job of looking into the BSB deal…and that David Cameron took Rupert’s minions out to lunch (“Smithers” Murdoch and “Sideshow” Brooks) a few days later…and dont get me started on the Chris Huhme stitch up! Now Im not say that, say Murdoch has a large pile of dirt on every politician in Westminster and leaked said info to this journalist with the hope that the Daily Telegraph and Mail could then smear her with it while claiming plausible deniability, but thats certainly what it looks like might have happened.
Anyway, Ms Mensch has all but admitted that she probably did take drugs. Well good on her! She may be a right wing nut, but at least shes an honest right wing nut. As I pointed out in a previous post (regarding the War on Drugs which weve lost ), the vast majority of the UK population have tried drugs at some point. Hence any MP who denies ever taking any is either (a) lying or (b) lived his whole life in a gilded home counties cage and lacks the necessary real world experience to be an effective politician.
One of the key tools of control that Murdoch and other media tycoons have exerted over politicians is this belief that politicians must be whiter than white. That theyre arent allowed to do the sort of things and make the mistakes all the rest of us have made, even if they ultimately did it decades before entering politics. Arent people allowed to have a second chance? Turn over a new leaf? Well if youre Murdochs buddy, such as George W. Bush (who went thro a phase of alcoholism and drug use, but the Murdoch press (Fox News) spun that into a positive) you can but not if youre anyone else. We need to get over the fact that politicians are just people too and they can (and will) make mistakes. Part of the whole point of having a free press and freedom of expression is so that we can critique policies that are doomed to fail. Indeed, slight aside here, I can never understand how politicians can continue pushing a policy that they know is a bad idea simply to avoid being accused of doing a U-turn. Isnt a person entitled to change their mind when presented with new facts and opinions?
And the irony here of course, is that these same tabloid hacks exposing politicians are hardly the sort of people who should be lecturing the rest of us about living clean lifestyles. Indeed theyre likely sitting there in their office writing up a story on a politician, who may have taken some small quantity of drugs back when he was twenty, while our hack snorts out of a big communal bowl of coke, while taking a drag on his splif between paragraphs. How about a random drugs test on all the employees of one or two tabloids? I suspect youd find more booze and drugs in these lot than they found in Amy Winehouse.
And politicians need to get over this whiter than white issue themselves. As I pointed out in reference to Tommy Sheridan, who was caught out going into a Swingers club by the NoTW, the sensible course of action would have been for him to say and what of it? Its a free country? and then sue them for breeching his privacy. Instead he and the Scottish socialists self destructed and hes now doing porridge as a result.
I would hope that Ms Mensch gets to the bottom of who started these rumours regarding her and sues the pants of him. Of course the ideal scenario is the paper trail leads back to the Murdoch’s! That will make the next time Rupert & Co. appear before the committiee interesting!