Saturday, November 04, 2006

I really must stop doing this…

…taking the micky out of the Daily Hizbolagraph – it really is too easy. But I could not resist the temptation of putting up the front-page headline as an illustration of how much the paper has lost it – completely lost its sense of perspective.

Bearing in mind this is the lead item on the front page, we are invited to brand these calls as a "menace" – the practice of call centres making more calls than they can deal with so that some people, when they answer the 'phone, find it is silent.

However, even Ofcom, the telecoms regulator, on whose report the story is based, refers only to the "pernicious sales technique", suggesting that calls can cause "considerable anxiety".

In the manner of Crocodile Dundee – he of knife fame - we have to say: that's not a menace… that's a menace (right). Yet, when this is holding our troops hostage in Iraq, playing havoc with our local governance arrangements, making a mockery of our foreign policy aspirations and actually killing soldiers, we run away. And, far from this meriting a front-page story, we get the silence of the lambs.

And what, incidentally, is the Boy King doing about it? Ah! He wants us to show a lot more love towards young criminals. Yeah…!!!!


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