Audiences with Rupert Murdoch are reportedly amongst some of the most valuable appointments a politician can attend these days, and UKIP leader Nigel Farage is the latest to discover it. He and Murdoch dined together in the latter’s flat in London on Tuesday, in what is thought to be their first meeting.
Details of the dinner were published by the Daily Telegraph, and reportedly featured conversation about UKIP forming a pact with the Conservatives as long as David Cameron resigns the leadership.
Responding to the story breaking, Farage told the BBC that the newspaperman was ‘interested’ in UKIP, adding: ‘He’s a remarkable bloke. I enjoyed meeting him enormously but the political content I am going to choose to keep private.’
The news comes just five days after UKIP pushed the Conservatives into third place in the Eastleigh by-election, with the Liberal Democrats coming first.
You might think, given recent politico-media scuffles and scandals that Farage would steer clear of private meetings with Murdoch, but in this instance, it is probably a good thing for the MEP. Having Murdoch on your side is a Holy Grail of politics.
Even without the News of the World…