Interesting question I think as what actually happened? It appears some of his constituency staff decided to be ‘green’ and put out old paperwork for recycling. Unfortunately this included information about his constituents which, quite rightly, they are up in arms about but how did this all come to light?
Reading through the stories on this one it would appear the newspapers and media became aware of the situation due to a ‘concerned citizen’ opening the recycling bags, rifling through the paperwork in them and taking some papers out of the bag over a series of weeks!!
Now let us look back at who should be in court over this. Mr Cable could be prosecuted for non-notification and an assessment would be made of the breach. If I was involved in the defence of this then we would be looking at damage limitation and instilling some harsh new measures to ensure this does not happen again and throwing ourselves at the mercy of the ICO. But, what I would also be pursuing would be the criminal prosecution of the ‘concerned citizen’ who stolethe papers from those bags.
This person is no better than a blagger, going round and removing confidential information from folks bin bags and waste bins. I am struggling to find any excuses for their behaviour as, when they found out that this was happening, why did they not just speak to the constituency team and point out what they had been putting out in the bags? No, they were so concerned that they kept stealing papers and then once they had enough, allegedly sold it to a newspaper for a sum of money! They are not a concerned citizen, they are a common thief and blagger and I would like to see The Commissioner prosecuting them for this to make a showcase of what can happen if you start dipping your fingers into other people’s waste paper.
We see plenty of other folk being prosecuted for blagging but so far no-one has mentioned this as they are all too concerned with vilifying Mr Cable for his office doing what they thought was the correct thing to do. Yes, they will be sacked and yes, Mr Cable will be fined but if the blagger gets away with it then where is the justice in this world?
I have no political affiliation to Mr Cable nor the Lib Dems but I do have an affiliation with seeing justice being done fairly so let’s start making a noise about it.