This correspondent has just received his pack for Labour Party Conference and was a little surprised to find that the conference passes and lanyards are sponsored by Sky News, Rupert Murdoch-owned sister station to the rabidly right-wing Fox News.
It seems likely that a large proportion of Labour delegates will object to being turned into walking adverts for MurdochVision for a week. Though Murdoch’s politics are hard to pin down, his voice on earth, Irwin Stelzer, can be easily traced through a quick Google search. His views are unlikely to meet widespread approval in Labour circles.
Many will also point to the fact that all 175 Murdoch-owned newspapers worldwide editorialised in favour of the Iraq war to suggest a distinct lack of editorial independence.
The Daily suggests to any enterprising campaigns that there might be a good market in alternative lanyards and badge-sized stickers to obscure the offending reverse side of delegates’ conference passes.