And another thing about the last week: along with two others whose names are on a church noticeboard, I received an abusive phone call a week ago yesterday. Apparently I’d been having an affair with this man’s wife and he’d found the text messages. The nice thing was my wife’s support: she found the allegation so laughable.
Reporting it to the police and BT (a nuisance call is a criminal offence in the UK) was interesting, though. I wasn’t surprised at all to learn that they didn’t think there was enough evidence to pursue the issue. They said it took three incidents before telcommunications abuse could be investigated. The fact that three of us were blatantly targetted by this man didn’t count: it had to be three calls on the same line. BT said the call wouldn’t be traceable (and of course the offender had withheld his number when dialling). But you can bet your granny, your house and your own life that if I were a terrorist suspect that call would have been traced. Small-scale abuse is obviously ‘acceptable’ in the eyes of the authorities. It’s one technological version of ministers being a soft target. Debbie and I can laugh about it; others can’t.