Even by the abrasive nature of Australian political sparring, the war of words between Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Rupert Murdoch, who controls more than two-thirds of the nation’s urban newspaper market, is shaping up to be the most acrimonious in its election history.
Alastair Campbell, the inimitable former spokesman for U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, announced yesterday that he is not an alien-fighting Time Lord. In a message to his 200,000-plus Twitter followers, Campbell wrote, "Very grateful for all the congratulatory tweets re my new role as Dr. Who, however undeserved."
Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s head of communications for most of his time as prime minister, said he believed British newspapers other than those owned by News Corp. had broken the law to get stories.
Alastair Campbell, the chief press officer for former Prime Minister Tony Blair, said there’s no evidence News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch pressed the British premier on behalf of U.S. Republicans to join a war in Iraq.
Alastair Campbell, once the director of communications for former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, sued News Corp.’s British unit and the private detective who pleaded guilty to hacking celebrities’ voice mails.
Australia’s ruling Labor Party may lose 35 of its 71 lower house seats in the Sept. 14 election, according to a new poll, amid speculation Kevin Rudd may challenge Prime Minister Julia Gillard before the week is out.
Paul Staines, who writes the “Guido Fawkes” blog of U.K. political gossip, was summoned to appear at an inquiry into media standards after he published evidence submitted to the probe by Alastair Campbell, who was spokesman for former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Standard Bank Group Ltd., Africa’s largest lender, underwrote more than 8.2 billion rand ($1 billion) of wind and solar projects in the first round of South Africa’s $12 billion renewable energy program.