Printing-ink veterans don't take cyberspace journalists too seriously - Roy Greenslade, Guardian Online
FORMER HOME SECRETARY and current MP for Sheffield, David Blunkett is asking for an apology over the rather dismissive way in which his city was mentioned in the recently leaked FBI conference call.
His comments came in a wider complaint about apparent lax security that let the call get out in the first place. He said that he required an "urgent explanation" as to the hows and the whys.
Sheffield did not come across very well in the phone call. It was confused with Birmingham and seen as being a place of little interest. According to the Sheffield Telegraph, Blunkett wants an official 'sorry' from the Metropolitan Police.
During the call one officer from the UK said that the city is a "khazi", a colloquial word for a toilet, and "not exactly a jewel in England's crown".
"I separately believe that those involved should offer an apology to the British people for putting such sensitive discussion at risk, but also to the people of Sheffield for the gratuitous and completely unwarranted slur on Britain's fourth largest city," he said.
"Those making such remarks against Sheffield have no idea that the city is in fact a jewel... Clearly, as well as not knowing what they are doing in terms of security, those holding conversations do not know anything about the north of England either!" µ
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