Rupert Murdoch’s international media group, News Corp., abandoned efforts to acquire British satellite broadcasting company BSkyB amid an outburst of official and public censure after it came to light that associated journalists spied on mobile phone conversations and bribed police officers to cover it up. (more)
Who’ll rule Britannia? That remains to be seen, exactly, as several unsolved variables are still in play after last week’s election, but no matter how the power-sharing configuration takes shape, one thing’s for sure: Prime Minister Gordon Brown won’t be part of it.
Britain produced an electoral earthquake all right, but not the one so many expected. The real lessons have less to do with two-party systems than with how economic change has challenged old strategies on both the right and the left.
It’s hard to imagine that many British citizens will be moved to cast their ballots in Thursday’s general election because Simon Cowell, the curmudgeonly mastermind behind such showbiz gems as “Britain’s Got Talent” and “American Idol,” thinks they should.
Gordon Brown has announced that the U.K. will hold elections May 6. A few weeks ago it was a near certainty that Conservatives would win the day, but a few polls show Labour surprisingly close to holding on to power. For the first time, the three major party leaders will debate each other live on telly. (continued)