October 25th, 2011

Rupert Murdoch Won By Bigger Margin Than Tom Watson

The News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch was up for re-election by shareholders last week. Tom Watson MP led a campaign, backed by commercial rivals The Guardian, to unseat him from the board. Tom travelled to Los Angeles (courtesy of union subs) to vote union pension fund proxy votes. Watson’s attempt failed with Rupert Murdoch getting 86% of the shareholder vote, which compares favourably to Watson’s mere 46% of the vote in his West Bromwich East constituency at his re-election (his share of the vote sank 9.2% at the general election). To add insult to injury, News Corp shares have rocketed up 16% this month alone. Hold on to those shares comrades, no one went poor betting on Murdoch…

Never mind, in consolation he got a night out partying on tequila and singing “Come on Eileen” in La La Land…


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Did Tom put this on expenses?


    • 3
    • 18
      Tom Fatson says:

      Gordon put his Sky TV subscription on expenses.


    • 78
      Crikey says:

      He seems to have an expensive hobby, obsessing about Murdoch? Do his constituents mind.? I do as a tax payer.


      • 80
        Primrose Hill Marxist says:

        Given Pizzaface Watson’s constituency, I doubt that you’ll be troubled by too many taxpayers there.

        The fat oik has it in for anyone who’s successful outside pecking off the livings of others.


      • 106
        Anonymous says:

        Should Watson have gone to the meeting and voted when he is on the select committee ? that is hardly neutral behaviour !


    • 99
      Taxfodder says:

      Give them a clue Billy the electorate in West Bromwich ain’t too bright!

      Mr Watson also featured in the Telegraph’s MPs’ expenses scandal disclosures.
      Mr Watson, the minister for digital engagement, spent the maximum of £4,800 in a single year on food, and had his expenses cut after buying a set of dining room chairs that exceeded the limit set by the fees office.
      He was forced to defend the appearance of a receipt for a “pizza wheel” on a Marks & Spencer receipt he submitted, saying it was given as a free gift after he went on a £150 spending spree at the store.
      He also used his parliamentary allowances, along with fellow Labour minister Iain Wright, to lavish more than £100,000 on a shared central London crash pad since the last general election.


    • 101
      yeah, right.. says:

      ‘..by a wide margin..’

      Was that a gentle dig at Big Tom’s immense girth?


    • 103
      M says:

      Tom having a jolly, making suckers of working peoples money
      No change there then


    • 105
      Mad Jock McMad says:

      This is the same Tam Wartson who want’s to be Labour’s Scottish Region boss from his safe seat in Engerlund …

      His pal ‘Razor’ Davidson who is bidding for the Labour Scottish Region number two post is pondering his future after telling a fellow MP he was “goin’ tae gie her a doin'”, unfortunately it was during a closed session of the Scottish Affairs Committee and the clerk to said committee reported ‘Razor’s’ intemperate remarks to the Chief Clerk.

      ‘Razor’s defence is the comments were not meant in a ‘sexual nature’.


  2. 2
    Oy Vey says:

    Well, Tom doesn’t control most of the votes in his constituency – so this has to be one of the most pointless ‘stories’ you’ve ever run – up your game Guido


    • 26
      Anonymous says:

      Well said. Ridiculous comparison.


    • 29
      Moddy Botty says:

      The Murdocher family control 47% pf the voting shares only needs another 4% needed voila got that with that arab chap, easy peasy nice and squeezy job done


    • 65
      labourunionsbbc we are one says:

      Unlike what we have at the bbc, those news corp people have no way of changing their executive, that’s capitalism for you,

      The bbc elections are so democratic, why if Oy Vay and Anymong don’t like who runs the bbc they can vote in the annual bbc elections, that’s socialism for you.


  3. 4
    Richard says:

    But Murdoch controls about 40 percent of the Class B voting shares. If you don’t count his stake, 67 percent of Class B shareholders voted against James and 64 percent against Lachlan.

    Tom Watson, by contrast, controls only one vote, his.

    So you’re not comparing like with like.


  4. 5
    Becman says:

    Pretty dodgy comparison Guido. Tom Watson’s ballot was “one man one vote” – more than can be said for the ballot involving Murdoch.


  5. 6
    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Oi, Guido!

    Your scale-less graphs willfully misrepresent the figures, and you know it full well – Tom Watson’s *much* fatter than that!


  6. 9
    Jimmy says:

    Of course Tom doesn’t get to cast 40% of the votes in his constituency, but otherwise another brilliant analogy there.

    Incidentally the idiot sons only got a third amongst voters not called Murdoch.


    • 46
      The Paragnostic says:

      Tom’s mates among the subcontinentals in West Brom probably manage to control a large bloc of postal votes, though – much like Murdoch owning a bloc of voting shares.


    • 104
      Anonymous says:

      “Of course Tom doesn’t get to cast 40% of the votes in his constituency, but otherwise another brilliant analogy there.”

      Staines never is one to let the facts get in the way of his political viewpoint. Many personalities could get 88% approval in a rigged election were you own half the votes


  7. 13
    Glyn H says:

    Watson? Cool? La Ka land indeed. Barry v a Mormon. Despair!


  8. 14
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    ‘Rupert Murdoch getting 86% of the shareholder vote, which compares favourably to Watson’s mere 46% of the vote in his West Bromwich East constituency…’

    One of the stupidest comments I’ve ever seen on here (and Yes, that does include mine). Why so desperate to keep the Guido tongue right up the arse of the Murdochs? It’s not as if they’re going to offer you a job, is it? Though they’ve probably had their boys listening in to your conversations.


  9. 19
    Anonymous says:

    The fat prick reminds me of The Fast Shows office bore.


  10. 21
    gdpreston says:

    Most pointless article EVER


  11. 22
    Rupert's butler says:

    A Tequila Trotskyite eh?
    Is that a bit like a Champagne Socialist but cheap as chips?


  12. 24
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


  13. 25
    Anonymous says:

    Not quite.

    The Murdoch family owns 38.4% of the shares.

    Only 20% of voting shareholders wanted James Murdoch to stay.

    Tom Watson may be a fat tosspot but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s still around whilst James Murdoch is a distant News Corp memory.


  14. 28
    Murdoch's A Cunt says:

    Who gives a fuck?


    • 86
      nell says:

      I do!

      Like it or not we the taxpayer are picking up some of the tab for that fancy trip. He should have been in the HoC last night voting – not that he’d have understood the argument about democracy and the rights of the electorate!!

      But even worse he’s in the USA purporting to be representative of the English people . He is lacking in intelligence, he is well above a bmi that is healthy for him, he has an unattractive personnae, he has excessive habits in drinking and eating.

      Do you really want the americans thinking he is typical of the rest of us?


      • 100
        SpAd says:

        I’d say Watson is pretty typical of a British MP.

        He is paid to represent the interests of the electors in his constituency, but spends most of his days concealing his idleness and lack of intellect with a bit of ineffectual showboating before heading off to a flashy restaurant to get pissed on expenses.


  15. 30
    Anonymous says:

    there are many reasons why socialists make me want to vomit the ideals are utopia and ….my dinner is ready …..watson ! keep eating the pies you fat repugnant carpetbagging bastard


  16. 32
    annette curton says:

    Predator v Alien but nobody knows which is which, least of all Ed Milliband,


    • 71
      Archer Karcher says:

      Ed does know how to make rich people extremely rich and poor people extremely poor. I suppose when you are a millionaire marxist, the little people are only opportunities to make ‘concerned’ soundbites about.


  17. 33
    kleegish says:

    Just don’t piss on the rug, Tom.


  18. 34
    Anonymous says:

    Tom needn’t worry. Thanks to Guido’s best efforts, and his chums on the Tory backbenches, Labour are likely to be in power after the next election. He’ll be able to outlaw NewsCorp with no difficulty.

    Meantime, Guido and the Tory right headbangers can content themselves that they are leading the charge for a referendum on the EU. It’ll be frm the opposition benches, but hey ho, at least they are patriots.


    • 38
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      Dont discount the Taxpayers.


      • 45
        Anonymous says:

        The taxpayers don’t give a tinker’s cuss about the EU.

        They do however dislike parties that are obssessed and split by it, to the exclusion of dealing with the things they care about.


        • 47
          Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

          You talk for all taxpayers?

          All taxpayers i know (some who own thier own buisness) say the EU and UK Goverment are the problem.


          • Anonymous says:

            No, unlike you, I don’t rely on anecdote. I go by polling, which shows less than 5% of people care about this issue. Bloody electorate, eh?

            Still, forward to opposition, comrades!


          • Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

            No wonder you lefties dont get “Growth” or “Small Buisness”.


          • Of course your client votes are secure. But not enough.


          • Moddy Botty says:

            When directives come from the EU they 1/2inch thick when they come out of the civil service they are 1 inch thick


          • Progressive Socialism Now! says:

            I like the idea of government by directive, of unelected Kommissars, of unremovable apparatchiks, of forced compliance officers in every organisation, just like the commies and nazis used to have to ensure complete obedience. Of thousands of rules and regulations that make ordinary behaviour criminal. Really what kind of society could be better?


          • Cynic says:

            I can only assume that Anonymous lives on the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man (being as he so despises our country) and has a bank account in the Bahamas.


          • nell says:

            Oh No. Cuba surely – perhaps looking after the luxury holiday home and servants of bobcrow!!


    • 41
      RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

      I do hope that the Tories do what they usually do – sort out the mess we left behind and leave us plenty of money to piss up the wall again.


      • 63
        Moddy Botty says:

        Sorry Eddy but all the money has gone BoE has effectively printed another £70Billion so where is it ( that money) going


  19. 50
    Anonymous says:

    Murdoch owns most of the voting shares in News corp. Don’t think Tom Watson owns any of his votes.


    • 60

      With postal votes, he does not have to. You must know that. You spend all your election time filling them in.


      • 74
        Progressive Socialism Now! says:

        Watson has a little army of ‘new’ british gentlemen who do a marvelous job getting the postal vote in. Specially from those multi occupancy households where English is not the native language.


  20. 56
    The Paragnostic says:

    Twatson would have drained the Tequila dry, but balked at eating the worm – cannibalism is wrong!


  21. 64

    LabourList and CiF must be shut judging by the number of leftie trolls indulging in mutual masturbation on this blog tonight. Must be the mention of MURDOCH that’s got them so excited.


  22. 66

    So here we are infested again with Labour dross, can’t get a proper job, come out with pre-scripted rants that we have heard countless times before and evaluate everything in terms of homosexual acts.

    What will they do when they leave school?


    • 69
      Dr Freud says:

      This behaviour is typical of Socialists because Socialism is a sickness.

      Unable to manage simple functions or tasks, socialists jealously lash out at anyone more able to complete the same simple functions or tasks – like getting a job, reading etc.

      This jealousy takes the form of homophobic abuse to disguise the fact that they are closet rent-boys who regularly take it up the Gary Glitter.


  23. 72
    sun reader says:

    Bad point poorly made, Guido. If his shareholdings were Gerrymandered, Rupe would be joining Gaddafy Duck buried somewhere in the desert…


  24. 81
    nell says:

    OMG! he took that guitar that he was playing at the labour conference , when he was worse for wear, didn’t he?

    Now the yanks all think that he’s a typical englishman/person !!

    How embarrassing for the rest of us!!


  25. 83
    nell says:

    And don’t forget that was only 46.5% of the electorate that voted.


  26. 84
    robbie says:

    Calm down dear G, whats so surprising about the Murdoch family voting for themselves?


  27. 85
    Bob says:

    If your philosophy is what now passes for conservatism (though I doubt that) and you can even contemplate defending the ethics of Murdoch, no wonder the Tories are heading for trouble.

    And if you’re going to do immeasurably stupid calculations of this kind, at least do them properly. You have to deduct the votes controlled by Murdoch and his friends and family, which amount to about 47% of the total. That leaves 39%, quite some way behind Tom Watson, who would only have had one vote for himself.


    • 88
      Sir Everard Digby says:


      Of course defending the ethics of the Labour party is much more wholesome…….. The numbers are irrelevant. The real issue is why is an MP trekking half way across the planet to pursue his personal agenda whilst being paid to do something else by the taxpayer? As others rightly say removing one Murdoch would only mean replacing him with another. Typical Labour though -gesture politics.


      • 94
        nell says:

        Nothing to do with gesture Sir Everard.

        This is a typical labour trougher abandoning the responsibilities of his paid day job to do some high class travelling, that most of us could only dream of, at someone else’s expense, mostly ours!!

        First class holiday in the US of A as a freebie. murdoch was a sideline , an excuse – no more!!


  28. 87
    nell says:

    How long’s he planning to stay in the US of A then?

    Perhaps he’s going to have talks with them union and mafia leaders there then to get a few tips for his mate militwit on how to get back in power.


  29. 90
    Anonymous says:

    The Newscorp share structure is dead in the water.The Murdoch clan may have 40 percent of the votes,but their economic interest in the equity is less than half of that.A couple of US lawsuits will liven things up,re BSKYB, and the outrageous sums taken from the company for all those worldwide homes ,jets,etc.The non voters will be enfranchised,the Clan’s economic interest will rise to 20 percent as a result,and their trusts and beneficiaries will relocate to somewhere else,and James and Lachlan et al will be rich and lonely.


    • 93
      nell says:

      The EU euro structure is dead in the water.The eu political elite may have 100 percent of the votes,but their economic control in the equity is less than half of that.

      A couple of well placed referenda will liven things up and the outrageous sums taken from the taxpayers for all those luxury homes ,jets, 5star hotels, 1st class foreign travel , ridiculous pensions, by the eu marxist brotherhood, including the kinnochios, will soon be exposed. .The troughers will be disenfranchised. The likes of barroso, rumpypumpy catherine ashton and the kinnocios et al will be rich it is true but finally ostracised .


  30. 91
    Anonymous says:

    Brilliant statistical analysis there Guido. You’re just another thick fucking paddy, really, aren’t you?


    • 92
      nell says:

      If that’s not twatson it is most certainly one of his uneducated colleagues.

      13 years of labour and they failed to teach even the rudiments of intelligent gentlemanly debate!!


  31. 95
    Micheal says:

    Your numbers are rubbish.
    Rupert owns 40% of his vote with Class B shares


  32. 96
    Death is a Beach says:

    So he’s having a night out on Venice Beach, is he? Only people out on the beach or boardwalk at night are homeless people, suicidal British tourists and junkies/muggers/murderers. Apart from which it’s freezing cold after dark!


  33. 98
    bald old git says:

    ‘the newscorp structure is dead in the water …’

    Well at least it’s straightforward for them to get rid of a failing has-been leader.


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