Rupert Murdoch, bringing out the best in Britons
There’s nothing like a bit of discontent to get the masses motivated – even in lethargic Britain, where the electorate has been wallowing in a sombre indifference for years. Not anymore. Financial woes, followed by a messy election and a subsequent government that nobody truly believes in, have managed to get Brits off their apathetic arses and into politics.
One of the results of this new-found gusto is grassroots movement “38 Degrees”, which has been pestering the government over a range of issues since it was launched in May 2009 (the same month the coalition came into power).
After successfully campaigning against the privatisation of the country’s forests, the activists’ most recent crusade has been to stop media mogul Rupert Murdoch from owning a dangerous amount of Britain’s news market.
This time, they failed – Murdoch was given the green light Thursday to buy up the remaining 61% of satellite broadcaster BSkyB that he did not already own, making his news empire more powerful than ever; potentially illegal by European standards.
The fight isn’t over yet though. One of the services 38 Degrees offers is a readymade email, addressed to your local MP, in protest of the deal with Murdoch and his clan. They’ll even find your MP for you (by using your postcode). So those lethargic bums really have no excuse…