One of the big stories breaking overnight is the news that Labour front bench Northern Ireland spokesman, Eric Joyce, has resigned due to being done for drink driving yesterday. Apparently this story is not worthy of appearing in the 9am news bulletin on Radio 4 just now and does not appear on the BBC’s UK news front page, updated at 8.37am. Even the Scotland news page, updated at 8.42am only puts the Joyce story up 4th even though Joyce is a Scottish MP. After yesterday’s wall-to-wall coverage of the Tories’ embarrassment over Lord Young’s faux pax you can only conclude that the BBC is happy to knock a Tory when he is down but will also happily cover up for a Labour MP.
The picture of the unshaven, tieless Joyce used by the BBC was taken by Mike Day and published by the BBC website yesterday at 4.58pm, see here.
What really stands out from this story is that somebody stopped for drink driving and is tried and convicted the next day. That is justice.