Rupert Murdoch turns 80 today, which will no doubt provoke a wail of anguish from the Guardianistas, early retired super-annuated civil servants and other layabouts who see him as the anti-Christ incarnate.
I just think it's a pity there's not a few more of him and his kind in Britain.
Yes, yes, I know all about Rupert moving to the States and I know about Fox News and what the money has done to Football and all the other stuff.
The fact remains that BSkyB alone now employs 16,500 people in this Country and has proved Murdoch right against all odds in investing billions of pounds to get Satellite TV going in the UK and providing a service which people are pleased to subscribe to. Back in the 1980's he was left to virtually single handedly take on the gross and parasitic print unions in order to install new print technology at the Times - if he hadn't won that battle we'd probably be paying Bob Crow's tax on emails today.
Even today the sneering loss making Guardian is mocking Murdoch's attempts to monetize his print Journalism value whilst secretly hoping he'll succeed so they can copy him and stop losing vast sums of money.
We badly need to give credit and support to entrepreneurial endeavour in this Country where small businesses are struggling to make ends meet whilst disgusting ex-bankers sit pretty on £0.5m pa pension in return for driving Banks to the point of oblivion.
So Cheers, Rupe! Happy Birthday and good on yer mate!