Tesla foil

The Saturday Paper - - Diary -

Batty but bril­liant Elon Musk has de­nied re­ports James Mur­doch, soon to be in a nepo­tism-free job­less zone, will be chair­man of Tesla. The chair­man­ship of the bat­tery and elec­tric car busi­ness is up for grabs af­ter the United States Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion said that be­cause Elon was mak­ing so many dotty state­ments he must re­place him­self with an in­de­pen­dent chair.

Mur­doch is al­ready a di­rec­tor of Tesla and floated the idea that he would be ideal for the job.

He had also wanted to re­place Bob Iger as chief ex­ec­u­tive of Dis­ney once it beds down the Fox takeover, but Lord Moloch scotched that one, say­ing: “I made it a con­di­tion of the deal that Iger would stay on.”

It’s a shame Elon has de­clared via Twit­ter that re­ports of James tak­ing the helm are not true. As Lord Gnome in Pri­vate Eye points out, what bet­ter cor­po­rate leader could be found than the man in charge of News In­ter­na­tional when the hacks at News of the Screws were run­ning riot with hack­ing, blag­ging, brib­ing and black­mail­ing.

The Bri­tish watch­dog found that his “ex­er­cise of re­spon­si­bil­ity was less than we would ex­pect to see ex­hib­ited by a com­pe­tent chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer”.

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