With the latest phone hacking disclosure in the guardian, I suspect last night the lawyers in the department of culture media and sport (dcms) were burning the midnight. jeremy hunt, the minister is now in a position that he can only wave through the news international bid for the remaining shares in sky they do not own.
Hunt's position is truly horrible. he seems to have cut off any retreat by virtually ruling out re-examining whether the murdoch organisation is a 'fit and proper person' to own sky. it looks as though, unless the d.c.m.s. lawyers come up with something, he will be allowing news international to complete the share purchase in the next couple of months.
His position is horrible because these hacking disclosures are just going to run and run. any criminal and civil proceedings are months if not years away, and with each twist, turn and disclosure, it will become clearer and clearer just how unfit and improper news international were to be allowed to take over sky.