One of the only people in the UK not to have had their mobile phone hacked by the News of the world has expressed his disappointment at being singled out for inattention. Donald Brown of Ventnor in the Isle of Wight has written to the Press Complaints Commission asking them to explain why the News of the World had not hacked his mobile phone answer service.
“I have no idea how to access my voice messages, in fact up until now I thought voice messages were something only Mediums or Schizophrenics suffered from. It would be quite handy if some public spirited journalist was listening into my messages for me, then printing them in large type in a newspaper. I always buy the News of the World, so that way I would never miss a message.” he explained.
“It’s handy it being a Sunday Newspaper, I only ever get voicemail on Sunday. Mrs Wickes always calls a taxi to get to church, and she sometimes phones my number by mistake. This way I could let her know that the taxi won't be coming for her”
No stranger to social networking, Donald bought a clipboard and organised a petition. He had soon covered library notice boards, Parish newsletters, and bus stops with calls to boycott the News of the World.
Asked if he thought that journalists were acting like a self appointed ‘Big Brother’, he replied “But I don’t have a big brother, though I do have a sister here and a cousin over in Cowes. The journalists should listen in to them, they can talk for hours about East Enders and soft furnishings, and they have all the gossip on the neighbours.”