Press Complaints boss to quit over phone hacking

The ongoing saga of the News of the World phone hacking scandal continues unabated and has claimed another victim.

Baroness Peta Buscombe, chairwoman of the Press Complaints Commission, is about to throw in the towel according to BBC sources.

The largely toothless organisation, which was set up in the early nineties to 'enforce' a code of practice on increasingly scurrilous red-top tabloids, has been little more than an irritation to the likes of Rupert Murdoch's News International which regularly swatted away paltry fines with the flick of a chequebook.

Baroness Buscombe, a former lawyer and publishing insider in her previous role as head of the Advertising Association, will no doubt walk away from her position at the head of the watchdog - or 'toothless poodle' in the words of Labour leader Ed Miliband - with a fat pension.

She won't be able to walk away with a clear conscience, however, as she was instrumental in clearing the NoW of further wrongdoing following the jailing of the supposed 'rogue reporter' Clive Goodman and his private dick Glenn Mulcaire.

The PCC under Buscombe's leadership found, at the time, that the illegal interception of mobile phone voicemails was restricted to a few B-list celebrities and shag-monkey footballers who nobody really gave a toss about.

Further investigation by the Guardian newspaper revealed that the Sunday rag had also accessed the voicemails of murdered children, dead boy soldiers and terrorism victims.

The latest revelation to test the gag reflex of the British public is the allegation that former editor Rebekah Brooks gave Sarah Payne - mother of abducted and murdered seven-year-old Sarah Payne - a mobile phone which was subsequently monitored by the paper's paid goons.

As far as Baroness Buscombe's impending resignation is concerned, we find it quite incredible that a public servant who has quite patently failed in her duty should be allowed to resign from her position and continue to suck cash of the UK's collapsing economy while underpaid nurses struggle to keep up with increased pension payments.

She should have been fired before she even considered resignation, and her seat in the House of Lords would remain cold for a long time if most of the incensed British public had anything to do with it.