Murdoch slams government as Leveson looms

RUPERT Murdoch unleashed an avalanche of criticism at the coalition government as he landed in London this weekend.

The media mogul, who arrived in the UK on Saturday ahead of his appearance this week at the Leveson Inquiry, took to Twitter to slam George Osborne’s £10bn pledge to the IMF and the “pasty tax” unveiled in last month’s Budget.

Murdoch tweeted: “Back in Britain. Govt sending IMF another ten bn to the euro. Must be mad. Not even US or China chipping in. Same time taxing hot food.”

The News Corp chief is booked to appear before the Leveson Inquiry on Wednesday and Thursday, where he will face questioning about the standard of ethics at his newspapers, which included the News of the World until it was closed last July.

His son James, who stepped down as executive chair of News International in February and as chairman of BSkyB earlier this month, will appear before Leveson on Tuesday.

Rupert Murdoch voiced further opinions on the economy, tweeting: “EU can be saved, but not Euro if we act in time. Extremely unlikely.”

The octogenarian also complained that the “beautiful” English countryside is “about to be wrecked by uneconomic ugly bird killing windmills.”

“Mad,” Murdoch concluded, and called for the use of shale gas instead.

“Back in Britain. Govt sending IMF another ten bn to the euro. Must be mad. Not even US or China chipping in. Same time taxing hot food.” Rupert Murdoch