Police hacking inquiry: keep a sense of perspective

Letter to the Independent, who are going a bit headless-chicken over the whole hacking affair:

Sirs,

Important as the phone hacking scandal has been, and as much as we’re all having fun watching the Murdoch empire crumble, those who criticise the Metropolitan Police’s handling of the issue should ask themselves an important question before passing judgement:

How many police officers would you like pulled off the street to deal with the inquiry?

The hacking investigation is important, but is it more important than burglaries, muggings, murders or even traffic control? I think not.

This affair is fun to watch, especially the revisionist history that politicians are coming out with, but let’s not lose our sense of perspective here.

Paul Harper

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Clare’s Law – Sexist and Incomplete

Moan at the Independent, who also oppose this stupid idea, but on slightly diferent grounds:

Sirs,

Apart from being on very dodgy ground in terms of civil liberties, the proposed “Clare’s Law” which allows women to investigate if their male partner has had a violent past is sexist. Over 15% of reported domestic violence is by women against men, with the actual figure likely to be even higher. Where are the proposals for a national database of violent women?

Either solve the entire problem or don’t bother trying.

Paul Harper

Leveson Inquiry – Three areas need investigating, not two

It’s about time I had a good rant at the Independent – they’ve had it too quiet for too long!

Sirs,

I very much welcome the inquiry into press behaviour and police corruption, this has been long overdue. But it seems to me to be the height of hypocrisy for politicians not to be independently investigated as well.

For decades the people we trusted to run the country, create our laws and look after our security have been very heavily influenced by the policies of Rupert Murdoch. Policies designed with only two things in mind – the extension of power and influence of Rupert Murdoch, and the increase and protection of his wealth. He’s not the only one, either – Associated Newspapers are almost as bad.

Investigating illegal press activities is good, investigating illegal police activities is very important. But to my mind independent investigation into the corruption of the people running the country is the most vital of all. When will that happen? Saying that things will be different “from now on” is not good enough. We need to know what has gone on in the past as well.

Surely the Leveson inquiry should cover this aspect too?

Paul Harper

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