Skip to comments.Murdoch dines with anti-EU leader, critics cry foul
Posted on 03/09/2013 6:24:53 AM PST by SunkenCiv
Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has held a dinner meeting with Nigel Farage, leader of the anti-European Union UK Independence Party, prompting critics to accuse him of using his clout to interfere in Britain's debate about the European Union.
Prime Minister David Cameron promised to try to renegotiate Britain's membership of the EU and to hold a referendum on staying in or leaving by the end of 2017, a pledge which fuelled public debate between supporters and opponents.
A spokesman for UKIP, which favours Britain leaving the EU, said the dinner took place at Murdoch's London flat on Tuesday. He declined to divulge details of what was discussed...
Separately, Farage told the BBC that Murdoch was "a remarkable bloke" who had been keen to learn more about UKIP.
UKIP, which has no MPs in the British parliament but which has promised a political "earthquake" in European Parliament elections next year, beat the ruling Conservatives into third place at a vote for a parliamentary seat earlier this month, shocking the political establishment.
In messages posted on a social networking site after the dinner, Murdoch said Farage was "reflecting opinion" and wrote that new leaders were "emerging on distant horizon" in Britain, and Italy, which he also visited.
Peter Wilding, director of British Influence, a group campaigning for Britain to stay inside the EU, said Murdoch's meeting had helped UKIP to enter the political mainstream.
"It's dangerous and it's mischievous," he told Reuters. "For Murdoch anti-Europeanism is a religion and his influence over the debate has been hugely powerful and hugely negative."
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An NGO leader supporting UK in the EU calls it “dangerous” and claims Murdoch’s “playing politics”. Pot-kettle ping.
Back in the EU
Back in the EU
Back in the EUSSR...
Those great debts really knock me out
They kick the Wests behind
Angelas blubbery cellulite is hanging out
That EU troika is always on my, my, my, my mind
Dinner with Nigel Farage would be an excellent adventure.
You mean like Obama meeting with members of the liberal media in the oval office? Like that?
Juan Williams makes one little public misstep, and his fellow libtards won’t stick up for his use of prefab talking points from agitprop organizations — something all the Partisan Media Shills do — and we should be puzzled when some double-talking like this happens? :’)