The Great London 'Hackgate' Tour
The News of the World ‘Hackgate’ scandal is by no means over
At the time of this posting we merely await the next instalment. Time therefore to create a London tour that highlights the hotspots revealed so far. (NB. The word ‘allegedly’ may appear a number of times.)
McDonalds, The Highway, E1: Not very discrete meeting place, where News of the World journalists (allegedly) handed over brown envelopes stuffed with cash to policemen, in exchange for information and telephone numbers relating to celebrities, and other more worthy people caught up in the news.
News International (aka ‘Fortress Wapping’), E1: Home of the former Sunday newspaper ‘News of the World’.
Houses of Parliament, SW1:Scene of a Parliamentary debate where all who took part expressed dismay and disgust at the revelation of telephone hacking on behalf of News of the World. It bought a lump to the throat to witness the nations parliamentarians condemn such money-grabbing, veiled and immoral behaviour.
Horseferry Road Magistrates Court, SW1:Central London courthouse where comedian Johnny Marbles was convicted of ‘assault and causing harassment, alarm or distress’, following his full face fling of a foam pie at Rupert Murdoch, during the hearing of the Parliamentary Commons Committee for Culture, Media & Sport.
Portcullis House, SW1:Scene of the parliamentary hearing where Rupert Murdoch was on the receiving end of a full face flung foam pie.
New Scotland Yard, SW1:Metropolitan Police HQ and former place of employment for Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and Assistant Commissioner John Yates. Both resigned as a result of their co-incidental or tangential involvement with senior News of the World journalists.
Notting Hill, W11:Actor and phone hacking victim (allegedly) Hugh Grant stepped up to the plate as most outspoken voice campaigning against press intrusion. I’m not sure where he lives or what his phone number is (am I the only one?) but his most famous film (allegedly) was ‘Notting Hill’. So, that puts Notting Hill squarely on the tour.
Primrose Hill, NW1:Actor and phone hacking victim (allegedly) Jude Law famously lived in Primrose Hill. You get a great view of London from the top of Primrose Hill, so let’s stick that on the tour itinerary too.
Hampstead Village, NW3:Singer, songwriter and phone hacking victim (allegedly) George Michael lives in Hampstead. I think that’s a good enough reason to make the delightful eighteenth century village of Hampstead our final stop on ’The Great London ‘Hackgate’ Tour.