The News of the World hacking scandal dominates this week’s letters page, with one reader worried that gaining information illicitly goes back much further than 2004.
Jovan Radusin, address supplied
FOR all the hysteria over the News of The World hacking scandal, this is but a new perspective on something much older.
Some people will always want to obtain information illicitly and will inevitably find ways to circumvent any checks and safeguards to do so.
Anyone with a good telephone manner and masquerading as a medical professional could, for example, also obtain people’s confidential information from a doctor’s surgery.
It is also naive for the general public to assume that their personal information is always going to be handled with competence, let alone integrity.
I hope politicians will resist the urge to make sweeping and grand gestures and remember that the most important thing is that press freedom, in most contexts, is preserved and not compromised.
Comments by some politicians that the Press Complaints Commission has failed are ignorant and wrong headed comment.
As someone who has used the PCC successfully, I would argue that it has often provided transparent redress in the face of gross abuses of power and authority, where otherwise no redress would have been forthcoming!
A lesson to honour your agreements
Ben Foley, address supplied
WE’RE told that teachers have to get real about pensions.
Teachers did ‘get real’ in 2006, and agreed a long-term deal that reduced pension benefits, and made their scheme affordable.
Now the government has decided to force teachers to take a cut in their take home pay to foot part of the bill for bailing out the banks.
If the government won’t honour agreements, teachers have no guarantee they will get a pension – there is no fund there, because the government takes current contributions to pay current pensioners.
If there is no guarantee of a decent pension, why would the most talented graduates go into teaching, when they could get higher pay and have less stress working in the private sector?
If we want good teaching for our children, we need to pay up for decent pensions for teachers.
Teachers who voluntarily gave up a day’s pay to try to get the government to honour agreements are teaching children like mine, who were off school for a day, an excellent lesson – you should honour agreements.
Not here just to fatten pensions
Bob French, address supplied
WHEN will public service employees understand that the rest of the country are not here just to support their overly-generous pensions.
I have been self employed for 40 years and have relied on no-one for anything.
I have asked for nothing and been given nothing, although working in one of the most unreliable industries in the country.
The secret has been living within your means .
When will the penny drop that as a nation or a family that when expenditure exceeds income life cannot continue as it was.
Get real. Why should I support your inflated pension when I have to support myself?
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