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What's the joke?

Living in Canada, it never occurred to me that many Britons would be unaware of what exactly was said in that so-called prank call which is said to have led to the suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha. The British media apparently decided against letting the public hear what the nurse in the Duchess of Cornwall’s room actually told the Australian disk jockeys pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles. But media did play the clip of Saldanha answering the call and putting it through to the Duchess’s room. That meant Saldanha was alone in the harsh public limelight when perhaps it should have been shared with her colleague. Of course in these days of the worldwide web, folks in Britain would have no problem hearing the whole call – not that there was much to it, the gist of what the nurse in the room said was that the Duchess was sleeping.  I heard an executive of the Australian radio station involved interviewed and he seemed to stop just short of saying “How were we to know that the silly besom would kill herself”. I was not impressed. The two pea-brains who made the call seemed genuinely upset. But they must have known that someone at the hospital might lose their job as a result of the call. And for what? What was supposed to be so funny?


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