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Guardian: Tea for two as Brown and Blair woo Murdoch

It must be tiresome, at times, having the two most important men in British politics pleading for your affections. But when you are Rupert Murdoch, being constantly pestered to drop round for tea with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown is all part of the job - even if it is, as he says 'sometimes very inconvenient'.

In an interview with John Cassidy for New Yorker magazine, available from tomorrow in Britain, Murdoch gives his frankest assessment yet of the British political scene, describing Blair as a 'lame duck' ever since he announced he would not serve a full third term, and also disclosing that the rivalry between Blair and Brown is so great that he cannot meet one unless he also sees the other.

There will be groans in Downing Street at the way the media tycoon characterises his relationship with New Labour, portraying its two senior figures as vying for his attention.

Murdoch said Margaret Thatcher did not go out of her way to develop a personal relationship with him as premier, but that he had been courted tirelessly by the current administration.

'Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, whenever I'm in town they say, "Can't you come over for a cup of tea?" When you're invited by the Prime Minister to have a cup of tea, you have a cup of tea. It's sometimes very inconvenient - if you're only there two days and you have a month's work to do. And you have to be careful to have a cup of tea with them both, or they are very suspicious that you are lining up with the other one.'

by Fran on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 07:54:28 AM EST
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if you're only there two days and you have a month's work to do

If Rupert Murdoch organizes his work so badly he is a month behind and has only scheduled two days to catch up, it's time he retired. Mmm, Rupy boy?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 10:01:47 AM EST
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No, no, the reason Murdoch is so successful is that he manages to do a month's work in two days.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 10:25:18 AM EST
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It's just that your average executive only has a little work to do each day, he pays people to do all the real work, and thus just has to say yes or no a few times a day. In his case it's relatively easy to do a months worth of saying yes or no to your underlings in 48 hours.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 11:12:27 AM EST
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There will be groans in Downing Street at the way the media tycoon characterises his relationship with New Labour, portraying its two senior figures as vying for his attention.

It tells you who the real power is in Brittain, doesn't it?

The PM and Chancellor competing like children for daddy's attention.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 11:29:03 AM EST
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