The Economist magazine told them.
I wondered how long it would take the Daily Mail to catch on to our accusations....
I imagine it is Edward Lucas from the Economist who writes on the magazine’s blog:
Wondering if the whole thing might be a misunderstanding, this blogger gave Ms Reid a quick telephone call. Ms Reid said she was the special investigations editor of the Daily Mail. She cheerfully confirmed that she had brought a Polish driver to Britain where he had driven through congestion charge areas without paying and parked illegally. Was this not paying someone to break the law, your blogger asked. "No, it's a civil offence," she replied. "We never did any speeding. We decided against it."
The story has not been published in the Daily Mail yet, as the newspaper was waiting to see if any tickets turned up in Poland, Ms Reid added. None had arrived yet.
It’s a civil offense. Oh. So on that basis, my post should have read:
“Daily Mail pay Poles to go and commit Civil Offenses.
There is a difference there. But not much, as far as yucky journalism goes.
Read more of the Economist blog post here, in which, I think, the gentleman blogger is telling off the Mail, but very gently.