The continual drip of revelations about News International,the News of the World, the Sun and the Sunday Times has caused great amusement as well as shock and disgust.
But imagine the plight of John Weed, whose mobile phone was hacked just when he was attempting to absorb the news that he would no longer be able to get his favourite Sunday read.
In a message to a friend he complained that it was worse than losing a son or daughter. He didn't expect his son or daughter to read such thoughts. On contacting News International, stating his devotion to the News of the World, he asked for compensation for the publishing of his story in the Times on the same page as the Court correspondence of the Queen's emails to Prince Philip.
Rupert Murdoch, always considerate towards his true friends, offered my friend Weed shares in BSkyB worth thousands of pounds. Unfortunately his Bank would not consider these shares and when he put them on the net for sale the only person who offered to buy them was David Cameron who said his old mate David Coulson had recommended them. But he only offered £1 for the lot.
So among the stories of bribes and underhand dealings remember John Weed being trodden on by the heel of posterity.