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David Cameron’s ruined legacy: premiership is a tragedy :黨的再造;選後困難重重; 送女兒上幼稚園。媒體大亨Rupert Murdoch 一瞥

Prime minister for six years, then MP for 61 days—from the archive, how Cameron's legacy has been marred by Brexit
Mr Cameron’s tenure will be defined by a nation-changing misstep

Radical Cameron - 100 days in, August 12th 2010
Britain has embarked on a great gamble, pitting conservatives and liberals together to form a new kind of government. Sooner or later, many other rich-world countries will have to take it too
"The most disastrous premiership since Chamberlain is about to draw to a brutally abrupt end. Cameron is a failure on his own terms, as well as the terms of his opponents. The historical revisionists will one day come, and – for the sake of contrarianism – try to salvage Cameron from a wreckage of his own making. Don’t bother."

He failed his own fiscal targets and leaves a bitterly divided country in crisis, with the union at risk of splitting, after gambling our future on the EU…

He broke Britain

...Although leaving Europe was not the path I recommended, I am the first to praise our incredible strengths.
I said before that Britain can survive outside the European Union and indeed that we could find a way.
Now the decision has been made to leave, we need to find the best way and I will do everything I can to help.
I love this country and I feel honoured to have served it and I will do everything I can in future to help this great country succeed.



"Financial chaos, economic crisis, the likely breakaway of Scotland and possibly Northern Ireland: quite a morning’s work for the Bullingdon Club."

As the pound plunges and the markets slide, remember that this entire…

Emboldened and strengthened by his electoral triumph, the prime minister sets out to finish what he began a decade ago

Few people even in Conservative HQ thought that their party could possibly come out of Britain’s general election with a clearer mandate than it had going in. Yet that is what appears to have happened. But such is the ragged state of British politics that David Cameron looks condemned to preside over a government that will be weaker than the coalition he has run for the past five years, even as this election has deepened the problems Britain faces. The Tories must strengthen a fragile economy, manage the uncertainty of a referendum on Europe and salvage a union with Scotland that is falling aparthttp://econ.st/1GSOkBq

FEW people even in Conservative HQ thought that their party could possibly come out of Britain’s general election with a clearer...

圖/英國首相卡麥隆倫敦街頭步行 送女兒上幼稚園

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2013年9月12日 11:46
  • 政治領袖通常給人留下的都是滿臉嚴肅,不苟言笑的印象。近日,英國每日郵報網站刊發了一組英國首相卡麥隆送自己三歲的女兒上幼稚園的照片。

根據中國廣播網報導,在接受記者訪問時,卡麥隆稱,他希望自己在成為一個稱職的領導人的同時,也是一個和妻子共同分擔育兒責任的好丈夫以及孩子心中的好父 親。由於工作的特殊性,卡麥隆並沒有太多的時間和家人在一起。盡管如此,他還是會爭取每周都送一次女兒,有時候兩周一次,工作忙時可能是一月一次。而每次 送女兒去幼稚園,卡麥隆都會和女兒『腳踏實地』地穿行在倫敦的大街小巷。在將女兒送到幼稚園後,卡麥隆又會急匆匆地趕回首相府處理公務。
盡管有人認為這是一種政治作秀,但卡麥隆的這一舉動卻得到了岳母的認可。卡麥隆的岳母--從事珠寶和室內設計的安娜貝爾·阿斯特女士認為做一個全職太太是 一件非常無聊的事情,她從沒想過要因為孩子的事情而放棄自己的工作,同樣她也不希望自己的孩子--首相夫人成為一個全職媽媽。



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Gordon Brown denies Rupert Murdoch's Leveson 'war' claim

Murdoch says Gordon Brown declared war on his company, but was not 'in a very balanced state of mind'
Ex-Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown has denied News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch's claim that he threatened to "make war" on the media company.
Mr Murdoch told the Leveson Inquiry Mr Brown had phoned him in 2009 after the Sun moved to back the Conservatives.
He quoted Mr Brown as saying: "Well, your company has declared war on my government and we have no alternative but to make war on your company."
But later, Mr Brown responded by saying the allegation was "wholly wrong".
Mr Murdoch had claimed that Mr Brown had not been in a "balanced state of mind" when he made the phone call.
Mr Brown said he did not phone, meet, or write to Mr Murdoch about the Sun's decision to support the Conservatives.
"The only phone call I had with Mr Murdoch in the last year of my time in office was a phone call specifically about Afghanistan and his newspaper's coverage of the war," he said.
"I hope Mr Murdoch will have the good grace to correct his account."
In his written witness statement to the inquiry, Mr Murdoch described attending breakfast and lunches with Mr Brown in which politics and policy were discussed. He added: "I am afraid that my personal relationship with Mr Brown suffered after the Sun no longer supported him politically."
Mr Murdoch said he had frequently met Tony Blair when he was prime minister.
The media mogul said he regarded Mr Blair as a personal friend and enjoyed speaking to him before, during and after his time as prime minister.
In his written statement, he recalled the then-Labour leader speaking "convincingly about the ability of a new Labour Party to energise Britain" at a News Corp conference in 1995.

This evidence session was an opportunity, Rupert Murdoch declared, "to put certain myths to bed".
High up on his list was the idea that he uses his papers and his contact with politicians to further his commercial ambitions. Hitting the desk at one point, he insisted, "In 10 years I never asked Mr Blair for anything. Nor did I receive any favours".
Rupert Murdoch, according to Rupert Murdoch, is a man who doesn't know many politicians and who has never asked a PM for anything. His proudest achievement is clearly the success of the Sun newspaper - ministers seeking an insight into his thinking should read the tabloid's editorials.
The evidence of one Murdoch has already imperilled the political future of one cabinet minister. The evidence of another, has not so far badly damaged the standing of any others.
But there's always tomorrow.
Rupert Murdoch, after all, is a man who by his own admission, is not good at holding his tongue.
"Mr Blair did not expressly request our support in 1995, 1997 or any other election, but he was a politician and I had no doubt that he would welcome the support of our newspapers and our readers," he said.
"I want to say that I, in 10 years of his power, never asked Mr Blair for anything.
"Nor indeed did I receive any favours. If you want to check that, I think you should call him."
Meanwhile, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt's special adviser Adam Smith has quit after Rupert Murdoch's son James on Tuesday revealed details of contacts between Mr Smith and senior figures at News Corp, while the firm was bidding to take control of BSkyB.
But Mr Hunt has rejected calls for him to resign, telling the Commons he had "strictly followed due process" in overseeing the bid.
In his written statement, Mr Murdoch said he first met David Cameron, who was then Leader of the Opposition, at a family picnic at his daughter's country home.
They did not discuss politics as they were surrounded by children, Mr Murdoch said. Mr Cameron visited him at his offices in Wapping, east London, some time later at the Tory leader's request.
Mr Murdoch said: "Mr Cameron, since his election as prime minister, I have met principally in social settings, where little of substance was discussed."
The News Corp chairman said he could not remember meeting Mr Cameron on a yacht near the Greek island of Santorini in August 2008, but that his wife Wendi could.
'A complete myth' Counsel to the inquiry Robert Jay QC asked Mr Murdoch if he had discussed policy such as broadcasting regulations with Mr Cameron.

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Jay probing on perception of improper influence, but no evidence to nail the point down. RM says it's a myth”
"Mr Jay, you keep inferring that endorsements were motivated by business motives and if that had been the case we would have endorsed the Conservative Party in every election," he said. "But I didn't. I was interested in issues."
"I want to put it to bed once and for all, that that is a complete myth… that I used the influence of the Sun or the supposed political power to get favourable treatment."
He said the perception of his influence over politicians irritated him.
"Because I think it's a myth. And, everything I do every day I think proves it to be such. Have a look at - well it's not a problem - but how I treat Mayor Bloomberg in New York - sends him crazy. But, we support him every time he runs for re-election."
Mr Murdoch also denied ever discussing with Mr Cameron News Corp's bid for the 61% of UK broadcaster BSkyB it did not own.
He said there was no link in his mind between his support for the Conservatives and News Corp's bid.
'Amusing guy' Mr Murdoch said he had no strong feelings over the Scottish National Party (SNP) - despite The Sun in Scotland backing them in the last general election.
Rupert Murdoch on Mrs Thatcher: "I didn't expect any help from her, nor did I ask for any"
He denied that any deal had been done with the party's leader, Alex Salmond, who he said was "an amusing guy" with whom he had a warm relationship.
The inquiry yesterday considered claims made in an email from a senior News Corp figure suggesting Mr Salmond would call Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt "whenever we need him to".
Mr Salmond denied any wrong-doing over the BSkyB takeover bid, saying he would be "delighted" to appear before the Leveson Inquiry.
Earlier, Mr Murdoch denied asking or being offered any favours when he met then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at a lunch in 1981, at the same time his company was buying The Times and Sunday Times newspapers.
He admitted he was a "great admirer" of Baroness Thatcher, whom the Sun supported in the 1979 general election.
Counsel Robert Jay QC suggested Mr Murdoch wanted to show Mrs Thatcher he had the will to take on the unions over his bid for the Times and Sunday Times.
But the media mogul replied: "I didn't have the will to crush the unions, I might have had the desire, but that took several years."
'Lazy reporters' Asked about the News of the World, which was forced to close in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal, Mr Murdoch said he was "sorry to say" he "never much interfered" with it.
Mr Murdoch said he tried very hard to set an example of ethical behaviour and made it clear he expected it.
He said he did not believe in using hacking or private detectives because it was a "lazy way of reporters not doing their job".
But he added: "I think it is fair when people have themselves held up as iconic figures or great actors that they be looked at."
In his witness statement to the inquiry, Mr Murdoch also confirmed that News Corporation's Management and Standards Committee was co-operating with the US Department of Justice.
The news comes after reports that investigations into phone-hacking allegations could extend to the US authorities.

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