If he was not the son of a media giant, the rant of James Murdoch would be mocked as barmy.
State sponsored journalism? Like Pravda in the days of the Soviet Union. Or like the Berlusconi owned media empire? This is nonsense. The BBC has the best most objective journalists in the land producing news that is trusted more than that from any other source.
The Murdoch Empire is worried. News Corporation has said it will start charging online customers for news content across all its websites. The web public is very reluctant to pay for any service. It's all been free up until now. It can only work if news sources produce news unobtainable anywhere else. That is impossible while the BBC produces virtually all the news that is worth reading.
What news has the Sun produced that is worth buying? I can think of none. James Murdoch elevates 'profit' as the only guarantor of a free press. That is the profit that fuels the sales of the Mail, Express and Sun as propaganda rags? The BBC has independence and a Charter that guarantees political balance. That is the great strength of our main broadcasting organisation.
That is why the BBC is best news brand in the world. No sane Government would throw that away - even if Murdoch demands it.
A strange question. But will I have a minute influence on the Japanese election result?
Two weeks ago, I had a call from the Ashashi Shimbun (Morning Sun) newspaper asking for an interview. I readily agreed. They have the second highest circulation in the world and sell 8 million copies every day.
In spite of my protests, they insisted on sending a journalist down from London to do the interview and take a photograph. He was well informed and intelligent. The Liberal Democratic Party in Japan are in trouble even though they have been in power for 53 of the last 54 years.
The opposition party thought that suggesting that more ministers should be in Government was a vote winner. Their leader Yukio Hatoyama came to Britain to gain support for his arguments. His visit sadly co-incided with a report from the Public Administration Comittee that concluded that in Britain we have too many ministers.
Our inquiry took evidence that juniors ministers have little to do. Chris Mullin said that he was never asked to take a decision during his years as a junior minister. No comfort there for the opposition leader.
Nevertheless he is likely to win the election. He is a better proposition than the incumbent Government. Comparisons between political situations in different countries are rarely of any value. We on PASC still stand by our conclusions. Japan may well vote otherwise.
There are murmuring from Northern regions because I said the Total Politics blog rating were meaningless. I think it was Hen Rech Flin who even suggested 'sour grapes' on my part. How unworthy of him. He could have read only the Welsh ratings. In the UK politics one I have the very sweet grapes of being included in the top ten.
Any list of top ten Welsh blogs that does not include Miss Wagstaff, Peter Black, Ordovicious, Valleys Mam, Betsan Powys, or Glyn Davies is baloney. A UK media list that includes in its top ten a blog written in a language that is unreadable to 98% of the UK population is one that has been rigged with unrepresentative votes. How many people read Vaughan's articles in Glasgow or Manchester?
Am I biased? Yes. In favour of Total Politics (TP). The editor is the daughter of a friend mine. She once did work experience in my office. Iain Dale published one of my books. T P is a great read that has put the House Magazine and Parliamentary Briefing magazines into an embarrassing shade. TP is journalistic : they are not. The blog ratings are a great marketing gimmick by TP by getting their name on hundreds of blogs. But a fair reflection on the quality of blogs? Forget it.
It's good to see the prominence given to a blog in Welsh that I greatly admire but it proves that the ratings are baloney.