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Murdoch has delusions of power.  The Royal Family, if they really wanted to, has actual power and could squash him like a bug.  Granted it would take a talented politician ... with brains ... which does rule out the current Ruling Family ...

But.  Still.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Aug 25th, 2012 at 10:57:57 PM EST
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Didn't the whole News international affair start with a journalist using the mailbox hack on a royal?

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Aug 26th, 2012 at 04:51:22 AM EST
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hacking several royal staff, but the House of Windsor were the only people who could get the Metropolitan police to take any action, although several people were thinking the same was occurring to them.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Aug 26th, 2012 at 07:49:07 AM EST
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The EU contains 7 constitutional monarchies: Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

In terms of national and international branding only, my guess is that most of the European monarchies offer a good return on investment. They also offer a national perception of permanence and continuity in contrast to the impermanence of cyclical political power.

The Murdoch dynastic aspirations have been an attempt to combine the two opposites.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Aug 26th, 2012 at 06:49:40 AM EST
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Not to mention the royal family has some excellent PR people. Compare "approval ratings" now with 15 years ago.
(I'd says the royals and the UK tabloids deserve each other, but no one deserves UK tabloids.)

sapere aude
by Number 6 on Tue Aug 28th, 2012 at 07:39:16 AM EST
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