Rupert Murdoch has said that Blair should quit before the next election, and that he might support the Conservatives. He fired a shot over Gordon Brown’s bow in an interview with The Australian, saying that holding a snap election would be cheating the public:

"…for no reason other than the dynamics of British politics we would like to see at least a year to 18 months a stand-off between Gordon Brown and David Cameron so we can decide which of those most coincides with our views. Those two are going to decide the next election and I think the British public would be cheated if they only got a month or two’s warning."

Equally significantly, when asked whether he could see himself supporting David Cameron he said "oh yes".

Deputy Editor