Murdoch has killed off the toxic brand. I assume he's perfectly aware, but doesn't care, that it's him that is considered toxic by many people. There's a lot of hand-wringing saying that those who may lose their jobs aren't the people who were involved in the phone-hacking days. No doubt that's true of some people and maybe not so true of others; and in any case, I find no-one claiming the culture at the paper has changed. Certainly its end product hadn't.
There's speculation that the only reason Rebekah Brooks still has her job is because of what she has on the Murdochs. I think that's possible, but it seems more likely to me that it might be that if she goes, James Murdoch will have to go too, and The Emperor wouldn't like that.
The police failure/collusion/corruption in all of this is at the moment a secondary story, but ultimately isn't it the more serious?
Milliband is doing the best he can, but again like MPs expenses, they're all in it. Perhaps the Lib Dems should be coming to the fore, and I'm not sure why Nick Clegg hasn't been more prominent; it seems unlikely they've had very much involvement with the tabloid press. Certainly St Vincent of Cable must be quietly satisfied in an "I told you so" sort-of way.
Murdoch is like the banks; he obviously reckoned News Corp was "too big to fail", and maybe it is. Unfortunately for him, however, the politicians are beginning to lose their fear of him, for once led by public opinion that is detached from Murdoch. It may well be the longevity of enquiries that will put paid to the BSkyB takeover, rather than any "fit and proper person" test.