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Phone hacking: British views on the scandal

Phone hacking: British views on the scandal
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The latest developments in the UK phone hacking scandal continue to shock many British people.

Following revelations about journalists, private investigators and even the police, attention has now turned towards Prime Minister David Cameron, who hired former News of the World Editor Andy Coulson as his Communications Chief.

Coulson has since resigned.

Jonathan Hopkin from the London School of Economics thinks Cameron’s judgement is now under the spotlight. “He’s facing very serious questions about whether indeed he can survive in Number 10 (Downing Street).

I don’t think we’re quite at that stage yet, but he’s certainly been severely weakened by this crisis and with each day that passes, new developments bring the trouble closer to him,” he added.

Many Londoners euronews spoke to are surprised at the precarious position two senior police officers have found themselves in. Metropolitan Police Chief Paul Stephenson and Assistant Commissioner John Yates resigned as they were implicated in the scandal.

Some people are calling for the urgent regulation of Britain’s dynamic but power hungry media. “I want to see more accountability amongst the media,” said Barrister Jamie Hunt.

“At the moment there’s not enough accountability, not enough transparency. And really I think the hacking scandal coming to light as it has, has shown obvious difficulties.”

Others are resigned to the fact that like many scandals, this one is not over yet. One man euronews stopped on a typical London street thought he could almost predict what would happen next: “This scandal is going to rumble on. We’re going to find out a lot more over the next few weeks and months,” he said.