Green Party called it wrong on phone hacking

Just a month ago, London Green AM and Mayoral candidate Jenny Jones criticised the Metropolitan Police for spending too much time investigating phone hacking:

Jenny Jones, the Green Party member on the authority, said that the investigation, which is being handled by the Met’s serious crime directorate, was diverting officers away from more important crimes.

“Although this is not a victimless crime it is not something we should be spending a huge amount of time on,” she said.

“There are murders, child abductions and rapes that these officers could be investigating. All these people have to do is not use the voicemail facility on their phone and they will never be hacked again. At a time when resources are so stretched this investigation, for me, should be pretty low on the agenda.”

Will she now stand by her criticism of the size of the Met’s (belated) inquiry into phone hacking?
 

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7 Comments

  • It was actually fairly obvious from early on that there would be things coming out of this which weren’t just about the rich & famous. I think Hugh Grant actually made this point some weeks ago, but the media more or less dismissed him.

    It wasn’t a huge leap from one thing to the other, and clearly the Met must have known that there were some pretty horrible things going on to hold such a large enquiry. I do wonder, though, given the mess that they made of the original investigation, why they were allowed to continue with it rather than it being passed to another large force to look at (eg Strathclyde or West Midlands)?

  • Steve Wilson 6th Jul '11 - 9:38pm

    If there’s a bandwagon around, Miss Jones will jump on it:

    http://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/jenny-jones-to-re-quiz-met-commissioner-over-police-payments-from-newspapers-in-phone-hacking-probe.html

    A pretty grim attempt to save face. She has now said: “There is a public suspicion that this has been a widespread practice in the past with the police providing tip offs and nuggets of information to journalists and photographers.” Perhaps some of those suspicious members of the public could be given her job for a few months. They might not be played so easily…

  • @ Geoffrey Payne – No one suggested the Greens would want to support News International. This Green individual simply shot her mouth off without knowing the facts – as you, yourself, infer – so we should “go there” when she tries to make political capital by standing her original argument on its head.

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