Britain's controversial Communications Bill finally made it through the House of Lords on Wednesday, having previously been approved by the House of Commons. It is expected receive the Royal Assent today (Thursday).

Timingwise it was a close run thing, as the Parliamentary talkshop shutters clang down on Friday for its three months’ summer sojourn. The Blair administration wriggled every which way to ensure the bill’s adoption before the recess: had it failed to do so, the legislation would have been shelved, effectively until after the next election in 2006.

The rictus of a smile is said to have flickered across the features of a certain Australian-American media magnate. And Sumner M Redstone is said to be running his finger down the ‘I’ pages of the London phone directory.

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