With Conrad Black heading back to prison it doesn't seem like a good time to be a ruthless far right media baron.
All three main political parties were poised to call on News Corp to abandon its offer in a vote in the House of Commons later on Wednesday.
The move leaves News Corp's key strategy for UK corporate growth in tatters. The proposed £8bn deal has been in train for more than a year, with the first offer tabled in June 2010.
But its a very good time for fans of schadenfreude.