Imagine you are a BBC news producer. Which of these stories do you place higher up the running order in your news programme? Is it...
A) The Director of Public Prosecutions making it known that he will resign if the Attorney General Lord Goldsmith blocks charges relating to the Cash for Peerages Inquiry
or is it
B) An unknown Tory Town councillor, who's on the Party's candidates list, sends a politically incorrect email and is thrown off the list by the Party?
Well, you've probably guessed it. Story B was the number three news items yesterday on BBC News, while story A was hidden away as a minor mention on the BBC politics website.
Now that's not to say I don't think story B was a story - but when you think that this email has been doing the rounds since 2002 (when a US politician resigned over it), does it really deserve to be that high up the news agenda? The story changed later on in the day when it was discovered that unbeknowst to him, someone had put it on Boris Johnson's website. He then became the focus of the story. This is news management gone mad.
I am the first one to complain about political correctness gone mad, but this is not an example of that. The email wasn't even funny. Sure, we still have the right to offend in this country, but in my humble opinion, this went beyond that. CCHQ had no alternative but to suspend Mrs Bland.
...cue accusations of toadying/toeing the party line/plugging 18DoughtyStreet - delete as appriopriate. Bovvered? Do I look it?