Say what you like about the ICC, their geo-political analyses are usually very solid. Their article is one of the few to move beyond the anti-Murdoch moralising of the left by contextualising the scandal in relation to global imperialism and, in particular, to the bitter struggle between two factions of the capitalist state - that is, between the broadly pro-Murdoch/US faction of the British state supported, of course, by the Murdoch press and the increasingly powerful pro-independence faction of the British state backed by the non-Murdoch media organisations which conspired to block Murdoch's takeover of BSkyB.
In common with left-liberal politicians, the non-Murdoch media and most liberal media commentators and scholars, the article condemns Murdoch's baleful political influence in recent decades. But the article also critiques the awesome (and probably greater) power of the BBC and the left-wing press as organs of state propaganda. Indeed, for those with a radical critique of society and media, it is a moot point whether there has ever been anything to choose between the anti-working class propaganda of the Murdoch media and that of their more paternalistic rivals at the BBC and The Guardian.
Finally, the ICC article makes the important point that 'hacking' and spying cannot be eradicated from British political life, since they are endemic to the capitalist state. In fact, as Myles Harris reminds us in an otherwise rather wretched piece in the now semi-defunct conservative journal The Salisbury Review, the phone hacking practices at The News of the World pale into insignificance compared with the British state's routine and extensive covert surveillance operations.