I opened a thread on libcom on this but it quickly degenerated into an intermidable discussion along the lines of does working for the right-wing press make you not a worker (where do you draw the line, the left-wing press)? A position summed up by that of George Galloway and Tommy Sheridan in "good riddance to the News of the World". The discussion descended further into abuse and incomprehension.
So another spin of the wheel:
There's a lot of theatre and campaigning ideology about this issue of the Murdoch press and there will be much more, but this looks like being important for the ruling class in Britain. The joint vote of all parties is an expression of unification around the defence of national interests. First of all the hypocrisy is breathtaking given that they were all involved in these crimes and corruption; political parties, the whole of the press and the police. And where they (indirectly) weren't there's scores to settle. Democratic Britain, with its free press is shown to be nothing other than an expression of the gangsterism of the whole system.
The entertainments industry has for some time been an important arm of US imperialism both indirectly and directly. Murdoch has been, particularly with his Australian influences which are also very useful for American imperialism, not least in relation to China, one of its highest representatives and completely at home in the bourgeois world of cabals and intrigue. It was Murdoch, acting in some part as a representative for Bush, that directed the Blair clique and the state's secret services, into the Gulf War. He was an enforcer, he delivered the alternatives. The Murdoch "touch" has been hugely influential over the British bourgeoisie for a couple of decades and has largely consisted of the defence of US imperatives.
It is therefore quite possible that the new found integrity of the British ruling class has a significant imperialist slant in that there is something of an assertion of Britain's "independence". The Iranian bourgeoisie very quickly picked up on this. The US and British regimes cooperate greatly at many levels but tensions persist, in line with the distancing from Murdoch, the pro-Arab section of the British bourgeosie - always strong even though downgraded in the last two decades - has been gaining ground. This would be very important for Iran's longer-term strategy.
But already, this tells us much about the machiavellianism of the bourgeoisie