Miliband told the Spectator in an interview with James Forsyth in this week’s magazine that Murdoch’s spell on British politics has been broken. He reiterates that sentiment with the Observer and adds that Murdoch’s endorsement will be a “double-edged sword at the next election”. When speaking to James he was careful to insist that there was nothing personal in his burgeoning crusade against Murdoch; he is not so careful now. "I think he has too much power over British public life,” he said and vowed to break up Murdoch’s media empire.
This is a stark spiel from a man who was quaffing Murdoch’s champagne just a few weeks ago. But, Miliband has been ahead of the game on this issue, much as David Cameron was during the MPs’ expenses crisis. Who knows why David Cameron dithered as Miliband struck, but it is the latter who looks decisive and armed with a strong voice of moral leadership. Despite that, it’s worth noting that Miliband still trails Cameron in leadership polls.
Miliband is determined to sustain the little momentum he has built. To that end, Miliband says that the Murdochs are just the start of the necessary renewal he envisages for British public life.