I felt that it’s best just to be as transparent as possible.
Advances in the technology of telecommunications have proved an unambiguous threat to totalitarian regimes everywhere.
The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.
When you’re a catalyst for change you make enemies – and I’m proud of the ones I’ve got.
It’s a libel to say that I use my newspapers to support my other business interests. The fact is I haven’t got any other business interests.
Money is not the motivating force. It’s nice to have money but I don’t live high. What I enjoy is running the business.
One thing I resent is the slur that I just support political candidates because of the business.
The buck stops with the guy who signs the checks.
We’ve got to lift our game tremendously. We’ll sell our business news and information in print we’ll sell it to anyone who’s got a cable system and we’ll sell it on the Web.
I’m a strange mixture of my mother’s curiosity my father who grew up the son of the manse in a Presbyterian family who had a tremendous sense of duty and responsibility and my mother’s father who was always in trouble with gambling debts.
I’m considered homophobic and crazy about these things and old fashioned. But I think that the family – father mother children – is fundamental to our civilisation.
I’m not a knee-jerk conservative. I passionately believe in free markets and less government but not to the point of being a libertarian.
The UK desperately needs less government and freer markets.
Everybody at home speaks mandarin except me.
So long as I can stay mentally alert – inquiring curious – I want to keep going. I love my wife and my children but I don’t want to sit around at home with them. We go on safaris and things like that. I can do that for a couple of weeks a year. I’m just not ready to stop to die.