Dame Elisabeth a Provider Guardian, down to earth, expressive, loyal, a wonderful host, devoted to helping people in life, modest lady, 'work' is love, and loves her work, lifelong contributor to all areas of society, cooperative, concerned about health and welfare of people:
(Personology, page 125)-
Supplying consistes in seeing to it that others are furnished with the necessities of life..
Rupert for some reason I thought him an Inspector Guardian, the Warren Buffett of media:
He was not a man to rest on the laurels of his inheritance and soon became a significant player in the Australian media market. He bought various media concerns like The Daily Mirror and Festival Records. His speciality was to take loss making media, turn them around, and use the resulting profits for further acquisitions.
His business acquisitions spread to Britain through the acquistion of News of the World, The Sun, The Times and the Sunday Times and to the US through The New York Post. He seemingly didn't mind the tabloid image as long as it was highly profitable business. During 1986-87 he had a fever pitch battle with the unions in Britain due to the introduction of the Wapping plant that used newer production methods and a lot less workers. He prevailed and the strangle hold the unions had on the industry, was broken.
In 1985 he also had become a naturalized citizen of the United States since laws only allowed Americans to own television stations in America. He went on to acquire Fox Network and 20th Century Fox.
During the nineties he expanded to satelite through the acquisition in Asia of Star Television with an audience from the Middle East to Japan, BSkyB in Britain, as well as the Foxtel pay network in Australia. In 1996 he introduced Fox 24hr News Channel as direct competitor to Ted Turner's CNN
Blair also notes that Paul Keating, then prime minister of Australia, felt Murdoch was "a bastard, but one you could deal with".
What did the man who led Labour to victory in 1997 make of the media mogul? "I thought Rupert an enigma, and the more I got to know him, the more I thought so," Blair writes. "In the end – and I am aware of the shrieks of disbelief as I write this – I came to have a grudging respect and even liking for him. He was hard, no doubt. He was rightwing. I did not share or like his attitudes on Europe, social policy or on issues such as gay rights, but there were two points of connection: he was an outsider, and he had balls.
"The 'outsider' thing was crucial to understanding him. He remained both immensely powerful and, at certain quite elemental points, anti-establishment. He would admire Mrs Thatcher, but not necessarily the Tory party with all its baggage, airs and graces. That gave me something to work with."
Blair's predecessor, John Major, was rather more measured and formal in his appraisal of Murdoch.
"I have never found Murdoch an unpleasant man; in person he is reserved, almost shy, and far from the bullying press baron of legend," he wrote in John Major: The Autobiography.
David Blunkett also found the News International chief a less formidable figure in person than many might assume.
"I had dinner with Rupert Murdoch at the Hampstead home of Les Hinton [chief executive of News International UK]," he writes in The Blunkett Tapes: My Life in the Bear Pit. "[He] was perfectly decent to deal with – very reasonable, although I accept that he may not be so in business matters."
A hint of that famous steeliness comes out later in the book, though, when Blunkett recalls being invited to Wapping and offered a drink and a column on the Sun by Murdoch.
"I accept. What immediately goes through my head is … you don't refuse Rupert twice."