Dining Out on the Dead

By DeusExMacintosh

Dining out on dead servicemen

The Royal British Legion has dropped the News of the World as its campaigning partner and expressed ”revulsion” at the latest phone hacking revelations.

The charity said it took the decision following the disclosure that bereaved relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan may have had their phones hacked by a private investigator working for the paper. It said it had suspended all relations with the newspaper pending a resolution of the allegations.

A spokesman said: ”We can’t with any conscience campaign alongside News of the World on behalf of Armed Forces families while it stands accused of preying on these same families in the lowest depths of their misery.

”The hacking allegations have shocked us to the core.”

The RBL also said its advertising budget with News International was under review. It advertises in The Sun and on The Sun’s Forces Channel online to promote its welfare services for serving and former military personnel and their families.

The RBL campaigned with the News of the World on Military Covenant issues and was preparing to join forces in another campaign to save the Chief Coroner’s Office from abolition.

The spokesman said: ”Clearly, it would make a mockery of that campaign to go hand-in-hand with News of the World. We think we’ll do better without them.”

The Telegraph

I recommend Alison Pearson’s opinion piece in the same paper as giving an accurate reflection of the public mood. (Though Peter Oborne has a point as well…)

Guys, when you’re in a hole this deep… STOP DIGGING!

UPDATE 7/7/11, 5pm: Wow. Looks like they did.


  1. Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    I think this is now officially bigger than the MPs’ expenses scandal.

    And, ahem, grubbier… if that’s at all possible.

  2. Posted July 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Uh, yeah. Expenses scandal was about mostly BENDING the rules and taking the p*ss. Actual criminal fraud (forging receipts etc) was limited to about a dozen MPs and peers, most of whom have now received gaol time.

    Besides the leviathan failure of taste involved in exploiting the families of the dead – whether murder victims, terror victims or those killed in military service – there is a dark shadow emerging about the extent of bribed police officers that threatens to make Queensland’s Fitzgerald enquiry look like small fry!

    I suspect that Britain will be falling down the scale on next year’s corruption index…

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