segunda-feira, 10 de dezembro de 2012



By contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence

( Austrália)

British arrows are trained on scapegoat Australian radio presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian for the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, but Tess Lawrence says the real culprits are much closer to home.


Who ‘killed’ nurse Jacintha Saldanha?
Was it an apparent ‘assisted suicide’, in the sense that she was tipped over the edge because she couldn’t cope with the ridicule, ignominy and aftermath of being duped into thinking it was really the Queen who called the King Edward VII Hospital at 5.30am on Tuesday morning to enquire after the health of the Duchess of Cambridge?
It seems that all arrows British are now trained on scapegoat 2DayFM radio presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian.
I’m going to take some hits for them on this one.
It is as utterly disingenuous and malicious to blame them for any collateral damage as it is to   blame Bradley Manning, Wikileaks and Julian Assange for exposing the truth. Such claims are ultimately hypocritical opprobrium.
If anyone is to ‘blame’ – and such a dangerous and prejudicial judgement cannot be made at this stage, since few of us are in possession of the material facts – such blame does not fall upon Greig and Christian. And on this latter point, evidence has already been tendered.
The digital lynch mob is on the march. And we are not far enough from the madding cloud.
The hysteria and outrage from the British media, hospital executives, including the Lord Glenarthur and now the UK constabularly, is nothing more than a carefully orchestrated campaign designed to deflect attention offshore (and where better than the uncouth Antipodes, a former colony and still under the royal warrant) to protect the real culprits, whose incompetence and dereliction of both duty and care led to the prank’s success and was compounded by the subsequent inept management of the scenario.
Remember that The King Edward VII Hospital Sister Agnes, named for Queen Victoria’s least liked (by her) child, has for decades since taken care of various members of the Royal Family, as well as military veterans.
Thus, the hospital is familiar with royal protocols and the need for absolute discretion and officially sanctioned medical updates.
Their royal patients have included the Queen and her sister Princess Margaret, Prince Philip, Kate’s father-in-law Prince Charles, and the Queen Mother.
Whilst the hospital has little jurisdiction over incoming calls ― it certainly has absolute authority, responsibility and control, over whomsoever answers those calls.
There are a number of disturbing aspects to this horrible tragedy that should be included in public discourse.
That a former Thatcher Government minister, the hospital’s Governor, Lord (Simon) Glenarthur should publicly admonish his counterpart on 2Day FM radio is offensive and irresponsible.
The Tenterfield Star was one of many media outlets around the world that reproduced the text of the Lord’s letter to Max Moore-Wilton, chairman of 2DayFM’s parent company Southern Cross Austereo.
I am writing to protest in the strongest possible terms about the hoax call made from your radio station, 2Day FM, to this hospital last Tuesday.
King Edward VII’s Hospital cares for sick people, and it was extremely foolish of your presenters even to consider trying to lie their way through to one of our patients, let alone actually make the call.
Then to discover that, not only had this happened, but that the call had been pre-recorded and the decision to transmit approved by your station’s management, was truly appalling.
The immediate consequence of these premeditated and ill-considered actions was the humiliation of two dedicated and caring nurses who were simply doing their job tending to their patients.
The longer term consequence has been reported around the world and is, frankly, tragic beyond words.
I appreciate that you cannot undo the damage which has been done but I would urge you to take steps to ensure that such an incident could never be repeated.
Note that he makes no such undertaking in relation to his own organisation.

That this is a contrived and well-spun letter is patently obvious. Glenarthur avoids mentioning poor Jacintha Saldanha by name, or the fact she is now dead. He sheets all the blame to 2DayFM and apportions none to himself. Nice one m’Lord.
Given that this same hereditary peer was once Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, his accusatory bedside manner leaves a lot to be desired ― especially since it was his Lordship’s hospital and the Royal Security detail of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who unequivocably remain at fault.


Some questions, your Lordship, to which I presume you already have the answers, otherwise you surely would not have been so confident in blaming 2DayFM.
  • Did Jacintha Saldanha commit suicide?
  • How and why do you know/presume this?
  • If so, how did she commit suicide?
  • Did she take an overdose or take poison?
  • Did she leave a note?
  • Had she discussed suicide with her colleagues?
  • Had Jacintha Saldanha been suspended and/or relieved of her duties?
  • Had she been suspended without pay?
  • What shifts had Jacintha Saldanha been working, leading up to the phone call?
  • Had she been working a succession of nights?
  • Is it true that Indian/foreign nurses work the worst shifts at your hospital and that those with particular visa issues are particularly vulnerable and compromised in terms of long hours?
  • Has the King Edward VII Hospital been engaged in severe cost cutting and staff cutbacks?
  • Given that a phalanx of international print and electronic media were keeping a 24/7 vigil outside the hospital why wasn’t a briefed receptionist on duty ?
  • How much money did you save by not having a receptionist on duty, Lord Glenarthur? Enough to stack up favourably against the life of a human being?
  • Is it true that Jacintha Saldanha and the other nurse who spoke to the radio hosts received a humiliating and severe reprimand from hospital management for their gaffe and gullibility?
  • Is it true that they were accused of bringing the hospital into disrepute and subjecting it to ridicule?
  • Is it true that they were told that in a single day they had trashed the noble heritage of the hospital?
    • Is it true that both nurses were told their behaviour, conduct and “stupidity” made it doubtful that the hospital would ever again enjoy royal patronage?
    • What was the extent of counselling offered to the nurses?
    • What was the level of expertise of such counsel?
    • What steps did the hospital take to cocoon, debrief and protect the nurses from the burgeoning media and political fallout?
    • What instructions, protocols and briefings had hospital management put in place with staff in relation to any enquiries and access to the Duchess of Cambridge?
    • Were all/any staff contacted by text and/or email by hospital management prior to or during the stay by the Duchess of Cambridge ?
    • Were all staff contacted by text and/or email by hospital management after the prank call?
    • Have all staff been counselled after the death of Jacintha Saldanha?
    • Why wasn’t a suicide watch placed on both nurses?
    • Can you confirm that any counsellors you provided for the two nurses deemed both women not to be a suicide risk?
    • Why did hospital management allow Jacintha Saldanha to go home alone after the prank phone call and all the fallout, to the empty nurses accommodation block, knowing that her family were living miles away in Bristol.
    • Is it true that you contacted hospital CEO John Lofthouse and gave him a blast?
    • Is it true that you then took over management of the situation and insisted on appearing at the Press Conference with Lofthouse?
    • Is it true that you were annoyed at a statement Lofthouse issued after the hoax call, where he was pretty relaxed about the whole thing and that the video he recorded annoyed you even more ?
King Edward VII’s Hospital Sister Agnes can confirm that an Australian radio station made a hoax call to the hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning. This call was transferred through to a ward and a short conversation was held with one of the nursing staff. King Edward VII’s hospital deeply regrets this incident.
John Lofthouse, chief executive, said: “This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously and we are now reviewing our telephone protocols.
He later filmed a video message in which he said: “Our nurses are caring and professional, and not used to coping with this sort of journalistic trickery.
Admitting that “technically it is a breach of patient confidentiality”, he maintained that the information given in the hoax call was “already in the public domain.
“I’ve received advice that what the Australian broadcasters did may well have broken the law. On the other hand they’ve apologised for it so we’re going to have a long and careful think about what, if anything, we do,” Lofthouse said.
Did hospital management and/or Lord Glenarthur contact 2DayFM before the death of Jacintha Saldanha to complain about the broadcast of the prank call?
Are you aware that according to The Age online (also part of the Fairfax group), Austereo CEO Rhys Holleran told 2Day FM’s Melbourne sister station, 3AW that what had happened was “a deeply tragic, unforseen circumstance”, but that he was satisfied that the appropriate checks were conducted before the pre-recorded segment was broadcast.
“It is absolutely true to say that we actually did attempt to contact those people on multiple occasions. We rang them up to discuss what we had recorded. We attempted to contact them on no less than five occasions. We did want to speak to them about it…”
Lord Glenarthur made what is known in crisis management as a pre-emptive strike.
And the helpful presence of Lord (Brian) Leveson on Terra Australis, relatively fresh from completing the Leveson Inquiry, provided a contemporary news/legal gravitas to the public debate.
Given Glenarthur’s s own expertise in selling telecommunications and radio security, what happened on his watch at the hospital was not a good advertisement for his business interests.
The hospital had the dead body of one of its nurses on its fumbling hands.
Among his many titles and entitlements, Glenarthur is Lieutenant of the Royal Company of Archers.
But few readers will be aware that Lord Glenarthur is also a non-executive director of Audax Global Solutions, that has a presence in Australia via its partnership with ‘ewitness‘, whose head-cams  have been featured on Channel Nine’s the Today Show.
Under its International Telecommunications Gateways heading it boasts [IA emphasis]:
The second is an International Telecom Supervision Platform which allows volume control; and manages the resource “Destination Country”.  Depending upon the tariff agreed for incoming calls, a Gateway can provide a new and very significant source of revenue for governmentsIt allows governments to tax local operators on verified traffic figures and controls the “grey” marketIt also enables the state to supervise and monitor calls.
Under the heading ‘Secure Radio Communications Equipment’:
Audax works with a US-based communications equipment group which supplies specialised radio equipment allowing secure communications to take place in country or from country to country. The company is the world’s leading supplier of integrated communications systems including secure digital HF, VHF, UHF and multiband radios with extensive networking and data transfer capabilities.
Audax likes its partners. Another one is Nautic Africa. They build what is described as ‘Fast Patrol Boats’:
Nautic Africa specialises in the design and construction of highly customised ships for diverse sectors including Defence, Oil and Gas, fishery protection, Coast Guard, police services, Port Authorities and other commercial sectors.
….It designs vessels for any application be they anti-piracy, coast guard, fishery protection, crew transfers to offshore platforms or ferrying of equipment.
But there’s more and, as I’m reading through my research, I’m thinking this company is sounding more like Blackwater or Xx or whatever it’s called these days.
Audax can supply personnel and it can supply gamma ray equipment that it says is so sensitive that it can detect weapons, explosives or drugs through moving vehicles, even when ‘working at a distance from the control point.
And what about detecting radioactive material? No problem. They have a system that is
‘capable of analysing neutrons and gamma rays typically associated with radioactive fissile or dirty bomb materials. Wireless-enabled, crane-mounted devices ensure that port authorities canidentify immediately any container which is carrying declared or undeclared nuclear material.’
The bottom line is, with his extensive military and commercial background, Glenarthur and the King Edward hospital should have been able to properly handle any enquiries or pranks and have had an effective system in place.
It is clear that if it had been one of Osama bin Laden’s wives who called that morning, or someone with malicious intent – or Dame Edna – they would have been put through to get an update and find out that Kate’s dry-retching had stopped, or whatever.
Ditto any of the waiting media, loitering with intent.
And if the hospital was at fault in the second instance, then the Royal Security detail, communications and minders were all at fault in the first.
They should have overseen and cleared the hospital’s protocols.
It is untenable for the Duchess to have been rendered vulnerable to such a breach of security and invasion of privacy.
She was let down by the royal and hospital apparatus.
More importantly, Jacintha Saldanha was let down by her hospital and its management.
It clearly failed to implement protocols and failed to provide a receptionist.
The bitter ironies of life cannot escape us. Hundreds of African babies have died in the time since Kate was admitted to hospital with hypermesis gravidarum.  I wish we could give all women and their babies equal care and compassion.
Dyson’s poignant cartoon in The Age said it all (see below):
Much has been written about Jacintha’s extended family on her husband’s side and I hope the same courtesies and contact have been extended to her own immediate family in India.
I would like to hear more from them about their daughter.
It is all a mess of rolling tragedies and ill-writ tales told by we fools.


1. sapperk9
10 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 11:34 PM

Its as if you have to be a Rhodes scholar to work out that you do not phuk around the health domain! This, especially so with a professional whose life is about ethics? And in the case of this woman, her ethic is/was CARE! Get it?
Perhaps 42 years wed to a professional nurse is too much…but if I didn’t draw and quarter them, I certainly make sure that their management never got another broadcast license, Max Moore Wilton and all…
PS: One does wonder what John Winston H has to say on this issue?

11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 12:25 AM
Dear Sapper K9,

 I am so grateful that you are on this important case.
Please stay with me.
tess xxx

3. Bill
11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 3:55 AM
RT @independentaus: 

Who killed Jacintha Saldanha?

4. Greenbottle
11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 7:10 AM

Could someone please decypher Sapper K9′s post.

5. TerraAustralis
11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 7:22 AM

Your list of unanswered questions is pretty devastating – of “Wicksy standard” — they read as if your investigative sleuthing had gottten you to some inside info re what happened at the hospital after the phone prank(??)
Probably, I suspect, like most of us, my reaction to the phone prank story was emotion driven and a bit simplistic — basically “Another ratbag radio stunt, but this time they’ve targeted the Royal Family”, and “I bet the hospital put the boot into the nurses who took the call” — and that was pretty much the extent of my “analysis” – anger (pretty strong) over what happened to the nurse, and and anger at the royal family being targeted — I might be a an Australian republican, who thinks we are better off without all the paedos in the City of London controlling our banks and and parliaments, but the royal family is, Britain’s monarchy — and ought (other things being equal — ie like somebody not being a raging child abuser-rapist / sadist / murderer), to get the respect and courtesy that goes with that.
But, when you step back, and read through your article and the questions it raises, you have to wonder:
What if it wasn’t Dame Edna (I laughed at that one) on the line, but some hardline splinter group from the IRA, trying to track which ward / room in the hospital to aim a rocket launcher at?
The laxness in security around someone who now rates an HRH title is pretty mind-boggling.
Prince Harry was said to be a special “target” when he was in Afghanistan. The same Taliban groups have probably got pals in London — who, going by what happened around the Duchess of Cambridge, if they wanted a royal target, could beat the security at a London hospital far more easily than their armed buddies could get through security at a military base in Afghanistan to get to Prince Harry.
Coming on top of the topless photos saga — where some paparazzi cameraman got into position to aim a camera lens at the young royals when they thought they were completely alone – and secure . . . what if that clown with the camera, had had a rifle or a grenade launcher in his hands rather than a camera?

6. snifferdog
11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 7:30 AM

It’s well past time this article was published. too many people have jumped on the moral outrage bandwagon.
I have more sympathy for the two pranksters than I do for anyone involved in the mass hysteria sweeping the news outlets.
this is a huge storm in a teacup and I for one have no more time for this rubbish.
Thank you for this article….it is truthful and balanced and shows up the rest of the media as nothing more than lemmings following each other in self righteous hypocrisy.

11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 8:22 AM

Dear GREENBOTTLE,I’m hoping Sapper9 will check in with us all again after he reads our responses.
Are you a new commentator to our site Greenie ?

11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 8:32 AM
Dear TERRA AUSTRALIS, all good salient points – and I can’t help thinking, thank goodness no-one carried in a ticking bunch of flowers for Kate – and on it goes….there was a failure by the hospital and by security.
And what about the safety of the other patients ?
* And yes, I do have some inside info, Terra.

11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 8:41 AM

Dear SNIFFERDOG, thank you for your support – and I’m asking you all to send this article to all of your contacts – there are more aspects that I can’t publish at the moment.
It is quite extraordinary that the acute failure of hospital management and royal security in this tragedy is being virtually ignored – by ALL media.

10. OscarJones
11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 10:06 AM

The first impression I got was that it was a shocking case of slack security. The royal family have been and are, terrorist targets.
My view is that there are no heroes in this and basically, they are all villians-hospital and Austereo alike.
They have Lord Glenarthur, we have the awful Max Mooore Wilton who is paid $250,000 a year to preside over this ghastly network (whose shareholders share the guilt) to churn out muck such as humiliating a nurse or interviewing a teen over her sex life, confident that when the furore dies down advertisers will return.
And let’s not forget Britain’s tabloid industry was dragged into the gutter by an Aussie who presides over our own disgusting newspaper industry.
I can only imagine (or maybe I can’t) what went through this poor nurse’s mind : public humiliation and the prospect of being the butt of endless jokes because she thought she was doing her job. Same goes for the DJs. (Austereo’s claim they tried to contact the nurse or hospital really condemns them further : why did they bother if they intended broadcasting anyway ?)
The whole tawdry affair is a symptom of a sick publishing world both in the UK and Australia where people, innocent or guilty are to be insulted, reviled, humiliated and spat out when their use date is up.

11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 10:53 AM

Dear OSCAR JONES,you are right, this is a torrid business all round.
It is very sad and dispiriting and as you point out, perhaps a tragic metaphor for the media and other aspects of life.

12. owen
11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 1:43 PM

the questions is …
how did we arrive at the point where a prank call was a reason for suicide? … any prank call … what seems to be completely absent is a sense of perspective – from everyone involved …
there must surely be more disturbing things afoot and more ugly surprises in wait if this is what we have come to.

13. kavik
11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 2:37 PM

Whichever way we look at it the junk media need to be brought to heel. Ethics, let alone decency, has taken a permanent holiday as far as they are concerned. I include the UK junk media in this. Not all of them are Murdoch’s crap operations. It’s like they’re in a race to see who can go even lower and more crass.

11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 3:27 PM
Dear OWEN, 

I can say that there are more aspects about this story that should come to light soon.

11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 3:30 PM

 I am concerned that so many of my colleagues have simply repeated each other – very dangerous for all. Very lazy too.

16. macster
11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 4:46 PM

puting it this way it if wasn’t for two reckless thoughtless self centred clowns committing an offence by impersonating the Queen of the Commonwealth to gain private information
Then this lovely girl would still be alive her children would have a mother.
End of story their guilty and hopefully will be brought to justice in England.

11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 4:56 PM

At this stage we do not have the full facts but one thing is clear.
The hospital has little juurisdiction over who phones it.
But it has jurisdiction over who answers its phone.
And where were the royal minders ? Minding their own business ?

18. OscarJones
11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 6:11 PM

Without a doubt the hospital has to tell us why anyone was able to get through to Kate’s nurse.
It is impossible to know why a person suicides but one must look at certain facts : she was from a culture where such exposure would mean shame. She was bound to have been reprimanded eventually by the hospital in a ‘heads must roll’scenario where the lowest in the pecking order would take blame.
In any hospital such a breach would have meant an inquiry. Was she getting the sort of support the DJs are now (deservedly) getting ?.
And as Mick Carlton said :who are the British tabloids to attack anyone over anything ?

19. Tungstenator
11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 6:34 PM

I have a distinct feeling that the latest ‘media release’ from the radio station involved which mentions said radio station cancelling the staff christmas party and donating the money instead to Beyond Blue and LifeLine is just more MSM bullshit. No mention of the nurse or her family. What the fuck, People!
ABC News Radio today reported a UK MP lamenting the fact that there appears to be more concern for the DJ’s than the family of the nurse. Who really lost out here? It sure as hell isn’t the DJ’s but the family of a Mother and Nurse who will never come home.
What I just can’t fathom is why Southern Cross/Austereo is handling this incident the way they are and how they are trying as hard as possible to avoid mentioning the nurse, her family and how there is a very high probability that SC/Austereo have broken broadcasting laws – and possibly have lied in reference to whether the station even called the hospital in order to gain permission to broadcast this program.
I cannot help but think that the Liberals, a large shareholder in SC/Aus, and the Kennett connection with Beyond Blue are busting their boiler to throw off any blame levelled at them.
Oh the joys of commercial mass media.
As I have mentioned in a previous thread, Southern Cross/Austereo and certain shareholders have some bloody big questions to answer.

20. Rastus
11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 7:47 PM

Tess as you say more to this than meets the eye. The nurses would have coped it from the bosses for sure.
The pommie establishment are masters of deflection & disinformation, be interesting to see how this story develops.
Poor Jacintha & her family. As for the newly employed DJs, they were conforming to the culture & practices of 2Day FM (which has proven to be questionable to say the least) & surely under instructions from producers/management.
This story is however, a good example of how human beings operate, shit all round.

11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 8:35 PM

Dear OSCAR JONES, they do. Spot on.

22. Fran
11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 8:44 PM

I agree Tess, there sure does seem more to this story & the hospital does seem very quick to try to turn the tables, to avoid blame. But the whole pranking thing is juvenile & silly. In some circumstances it’s probably entertaining for some, but any hospital should be off-limits for pranks. Even so, making these two young people the scapegoat for this poor woman’s suicide, is grossly unfair.
I hope at least this might make some people contemplate all those who are affected by suicide. It’s not just one person throwing away their life. It causes immense pain & suffering for so many. The family of a person who suicides; especially the children; live the rest of their lives feeling they were somehow at fault, & that they were not worth staying around for. The pain never leaves them.

11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 8:45 PM

Dear TUNGSTENATOR, I’m pretty sure that Southern Cross/Austereo have announced a fund for JACINTHA SALDANHA’s family – and have guaranteed
$500,000 – will check it out and post any details or links.

11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 8:53 PM

Dear RASTUS, given that the presenters were given the go-ahead, and that the segment was pre-recorded – and that further, it had been vetted by 2Day FM’s lawyers, I am at a loss to understand why Greig and Christian are bearing the brunt of the whole tragedy and fallout – and not the station management.

25. bundysmum
11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 8:57 PM

Another ripper article Tess, where would we be without you? This is indeed a sordid affair, made much the worse by the serious neglect that this hospital offered it’s staff when they desparately needed support. That they did not recieve this support that culminated in this dreafully sad situation is testament to their neglect.
I do hope(but am gratefull not to be strung up by my fingernails) that the pompous lord high and mighty may well answer your most salient questions regarding security and staff support but I suspect that at this time and with the full support of the crawling fourth estate he will prefer to shunt the blame to the nitwits who made the call. Given the colonial aspect I do detect a mounting sniff of superiority that the peasants are getting above their station in life.

11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 8:58 PM

Dear FRAN, your words ring very true indeed. Thank you for them.
You are right to remind us of the impact of suicide on family members – and children in particular.

11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 9:09 PM

Dear BUNDYSMUM,your words have buoyed me up.
I believe that LORD GLENARTHUR and ROYAL SECURITY PERSONNEL have a lot of explaining to do.
His Lordship was very quick to criticise AUSTEREO – and yet has said nothing about his own obligations and failures.
After all, he is the Chairman/Governor of the hospital.

11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 9:36 PM

Dear TUNGSTENATOR, I found an article on THE AGE ebsite written by KARL QUINN about AUSTEREO starting up a memorial fund for JACINTHA SALDANHA’s family: –
‘THE owners of the radio network at the centre of the royal prank call controversy have vowed to donate all profits from advertising on 2Day FM for the remainder of the year to ”an appropriate memorial fund” that will ”directly benefit the family of Jacintha Saldanha”, the Indian-born UK nurse who was found dead, apparently by her own hand, last Friday.
Southern Cross Austereo issued a statement late on Tuesday indicating that the suspension of advertising on the Sydney station 2Day FM – part of the Today network that also includes Fox in Melbourne – would end on Wednesday. Any profits from advertising between December 13 and 31 would be donated, and a ”minimum contribution of $500,000 will be made”.
”We are very sorry for what has happened,” said Austereo chief Rhys Holleran. ”It is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts continue to be with the family. We hope that by contributing to a memorial fund we can help to provide the Saldanha family with the support they need at this very difficult time.”
Read more:

29. Len Liddelow
11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 9:37 PM

Thanks Tess for calling a spade a spade. We all accept the outcome of this prank is a tragedy however the fallout would be nothing like it is if the prank did not involve members of the royal family.
This high profile hospital must be run by clowns if they do not have set enquiry protocols for all patients, let alone members of the royal family. No one can tell me that jumped up bunch did not give the nurses a hard time as soon as they became aware of what happened.
They tried to deflect blame for their own shortcomings.
And what about the sheer hypocrisy of the Poms. Never hear a peep from the whole lot of them about the so called honour killings of Indian women and girls which seem to happen on a regular basis.
I just hope our Federal Police told Scotland Yard to bugger off and do their own dirty work.

11 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 10:33 PM

Dear LEN LIDDELOW, thank you for your words. You are right. If the DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE was in fact plain old KATIE BLOGGS, things would be different. Or would they, at the KING EDWARD HOSPITAL ?
I can’t help but wonder what happens to ‘ordinary’ patients and
the military personnel who are treated at the hospital.
As for SCOTLAND YARD, I hope they are doing proper investigations in their own backyard, as well as here.

31. Greenbottle
12 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 5:18 AM

Fairly new Tess.
Great article though Don’t coment much, just read and analyze. Did post a couple of comments on a climate change article sometime back but they must have upset someone as they were removed very quicly after I posted them. Keep up the good work.

12 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 8:07 AM

Dear GREENBOTTLE, well, welcome and please stay with us and I look forward to seeing your nommy de plummy more often.
( Love the Goons )
You will note we have quite a few independent thinkers and that comments are not always favourable to writers either.
We have a number of regular commentators who also often communicate with one-another through these pages.
We very much value commentators and I suggest you contact if you have any probs. We had a
website facelift some months ago and there were a few bedding-in glitches.

33. Greenbottle
12 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 8:24 AM

Tess you have confused me with my half-brother Bluebottle from the Goon Show. I was a pupil at St.Percy’s in the Yes What radio show. LOL

34. OscarJones
12 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 9:48 AM

If it had been Katie Bloggs she may have had more protection.
The British media are revolting the way they aren’t asking the obvious question : why was it so easy for a stranger to access information about the future Queen of England (and Australia maybe) ?
What if was someone intending to do harm?.
The attacks upon the DJs is disgusting even if the prank was stupid.

12 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 9:54 AM

Dear GREENBOTTLE, you are so right. I’m a right twit. I’m a goon. What was I thinking ?
I love your sense of humour. We’ve got to have a larf, otherwise it all gets too much, at times.
Onya Greenie!
* I will certainly not delete this comment and it will forever remain testament to the fact that I am a right drongo.

12 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 10:00 AM

Dear OSCAR JONES, exactly. No blame should be appotioned to either the nurses or the two presenters.
These are management issues – or rather mismanagement issues.
Just think, if it had been crazies on the line, they would know instantly that the hospital was a soft target.
Where was LORD GLENARTHUR and the ROYAL SECURITY DETAIL – were there
any police personnel INSIDE the hospital, or just two bobbies outside ?

37. Dr Dog
12 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 1:30 PM

I think it is possible to look past the blame to admit that the hospital failed the nurse, the radio presenters are twats and that Kate’s morning sickness is uninteresting to a normal person.
It usually takes more than one bad decision to make a tragedy. This seems like one of those times.

12 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 1:45 PM
Dear DR DOG, well barked.

39. lani987
12 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 2:17 PM

I really enjoyed your article Tess!
Thank you for sharing your honest and unbiased opinion on this story. Those questions you have put forward should have been asked by the media.. instead of all the speculation and drama.
I wonder if poor Jacintha was wiped of the grid by the Royal family..? The suicide story doesn’t sit right with me for some reason…
Thanks again for the amazing article!

40. arlen wood
12 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 3:47 PM
RT @independentaus:

 Who killed Jacintha Saldanha?

41. Who killed Jacintha Saldanha - Part Two | Independent Australia
12 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 11:24 PM

Australia has sent a copy of our article headlined ‘Who killed Jacintha Saldanha?‘ to Lord Glenarthur, the Governor/Chairman and a trustee of the King Edward Vll Hospital [...]

42. William Gladys
13 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 12:34 AM

Terraaustralia – planned extermination of the royals is nothing new, indeed there are a great many people/groups “out there”, who consider them/it as the enemy, who currently wish them gone from the power and influence of British politics, because of the damage they generate not only in Britain but throughout the world. Yes I agree with you when you state that the appalling royals epitomize appalling undemocratic hereditary privilege, and the dreadful British monarchy which they connive to maintain. However, having said that, I hope that you will not interpret my thoughts negatively.

13 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 12:52 AM

Dear IAN 1987, thanks for your comment, are you a newcomer to our site ?
In all fairness, I think the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dealt with the prank call very well, and if you recall, so did hospital management.
They did not see fit to contact 2DayFM and complain. It was only after the death of poor Jacintha Saldanha that they did.
I agree with you. In fact, there is much more to come out about this tragedy, and it is a tragedy. For all concerned. Including the media, for the most part.

13 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 6:59 PM

ACMA chairman Chris Chapman said: “The ACMA’s formal regulatory relationship is always with the relevant licensee, and not the presenters of any broadcast in question. The ACMA will be examining whether the licensee has complied with its broadcasting obligations.”

13 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 8:41 PM

Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who was found dead after taking a hoax call at the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge, was discovered hanging from a wardrobe door, her inquest has heard.
Mrs Saldanha was found by colleagues in the nursing quarters of King Edward VII’s Hospital, attached by a scarf. There were also marks on her wrists. Attempts to revive her failed.
Two notes were found at the scene and a third was discovered in her belongings.

46. William Gladys
13 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 10:23 PM

The fact that three notes were found at her tragic place of death is very important to any future inquiry. No matter what the contents are though, will they be released to her parents and possibly thereafter to the general public.

13 DECEMBER, 2012 AT 11:45 PM

Dear WILLIAM GLADYS, given the extreme public interest and debate about various aspects, I feel they will leak out, even if for some extraordinary reason, the media is locked out of matters.
Give the accusations and counter accusations, and as sad as they are, these aspects should be revealed. We cannot risk any continuing cover-up. For that is what has been taking place, with little challenge.