Here’s my prediction for the weekend: There will be a lot of stuff written about phone hacking. Who said I’ve not my finger on the pulse?
In all seriousness, if there’s one piece you take the time to read this weekend, it should be Birmingham Post political editor Jonathan Walker’s interview with West Bromwich MP Tom Watson.
While John (-ny come lately) Prescott entertains 24-hour news channel viewers with his ill-informed soundbites and rants against the media and anyone who dare hold an opinion which is different to his own, Watson offers a much more considered, and relevant, insight into what is going on.
Of particular note is the fact that he believes that the phone hacking scandal will go beyond simply dialling into answerphones:
“I know of other technologies that people would be interested in, like tracker devices on cars and scanners. A scanner is a sort of black box, you put it on in a room and it takes all the data of every mobile phone in the room. I think there’s a lot more to come out.”
“Since I have been identified with the issue, there are number of whistleblowers and victims that have started to talk to me.
“In fact, I’ve picked up quite a few more this week, some of whom used to work for News of the World until very recently.”