We in the leafy suburbs have a number of people on the prospective celebrity hit-list. No doubt some have already been targets and no doubt some of those will have minute aspects of their private lives aired in public once the content of voicemail messages already in the news domain begin to lose the attention of the world and the lawyers.
What I struggle with though is this:
It appears that some of the information passed to the News of the World has been supplied to the press,Â in exchange for payment, by members of the glorious and omnipotent Metropolitan Police Service, and yet the IPCC are allowing the Met to investigate this THEMSELVES! This concerns me massively as there is already a bit of anÂ incestuous relationship between the Met and News International who control the News of the World.Â Â The opportunity for things to be sorted out “in-house” and avoid any damage / exposure to either party is one which will no doubt be exploited to its fullest extent.
It’s the sort of scenario that I thought could only exist in the movies. Â How can such a high-profile issue be independently investigated by the people it involves?
I am starting to wonder if I have blundered into the land of the silver screen…after all, the Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson does look an AWFUL lot like Jim Broadbent from Hot Fuzz.
Anyway…while we are on the subject, we once had a murderer in the area who finished his killing spree and then decided to hand himself in at the local nick. Unfortunately for him it was shut, and so was the next one, and the one after that. And they say that the public get the same service that they got before the turn of the millennium (or last year to be honest). You canâ€™t even hand yourself in for a double murder any more!
Perhaps if the news of the world had hacked HIS phone, they would no doubt have been able to listen in to the calls he made to our contact centre and control room, attempting to confess to his crimes. Perhaps they could have taken the information he disclosed in his call seriously (unlike the call taker that he actually spoke to â€“ who told him to drive 15 miles to the nearest open nick by the way!) and gone scooped themselves an exclusive!