I don't know about you, but I was very taken aback by this remarkable column - "I'm starting to think that the left might actually be right" - from Charles Moore (yes, really, that Charles Moore). He seems to be making exactly the same points as Tim Garton Ash did - noted here)
About the only point I'd disagree with him is in his characterisation of the trades union movement - one that has all of the hallmarks of someone refusing to bring any empathy to the analysis of a subject that he instinctively dislikes. You'd think that unions were inflexible and pusillanimous in a vacuum of their own making?
Anyway, happy days. And then this post from Umair Haque, asking if the finance sector is simply a cult further brightens a Saturday morning.
I doubt if there's an intelligent and reflective right winger anywhere today who isn't reviewing the main line of attack levelled at non-capitalist modes of collective action: That, without market mechanisms, organisations of all kinds are rapidly captured by the bureaucrats that run them - budget maximising bureaucrats who enrich themselves, award themselves unearned status, doing their job badly and inefficiently and crowding out the dynamic entrepreneurs who would solve the problem without troubling the taxpayer.
Remember, this is probably the central argument in modern politics - one where radical conservatives line up against practically everybody else. I'd suggest that this explains why Chris is wrong here - the imbalance in media ownership is much more than a court-politics distraction.
Everything else is largely a side-show or a proxy for a debate we shouldn't even be having (in Universities, it's labelled as public choice theory but really, anyone who has read a newspaper in the last 35 years will be fully familiar with it). And, over the past few years, we've seen the right comprehensively lost it.
There is no budget maximising bureaucrat as larcenous as the finance sector have been. When someone like Charles Moore is prepared to concede this, it must be seen as an opportunity.