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Background: Wapping let Murdoch off leash

Issue No. 2260

Rupert Murdoch broke the print unions with his move to fortress Wapping in 1986.

He claimed the move would free Britain’s papers from the “restrictive practices” of the print unions.

Many journalists went along with him.

In reality he used the move to sack any journalists who didn’t support the hard right Thatcherite politics that he was promoting.

Destroying the unions did not free up journalists and free them from control by “elites” as Murdoch had promised.

Instead, removing any kind of collective opposition created the atmosphere in which the News of the World scandal festered.

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