Yesterday's papers were full of front page stories about how Labour were going to ban all MPS' outside interests (aim: turn story back on the Tories) and how Lords Archer and Black would get the boot from the House of Lords under "tough new plans unveiled today" (aim: turn the story back on the Tories).
Those Labour spin doctors had certainly been hard at work, and with some success. For they managed to omit any mention of the name of Mike Watson. Who he? He was the Labour Peer and MSP (and former MP) who set fire to the hotel in Edinburgh, served eight months in prison (having been sentenced to 16), then retook his seat in the Lords. He has apparently since topped the league table of Lords' allowance claims. Just thought I'd mention it, seeing as neither the Sunday Times nor Sunday Telegraph saw fit to.
Of course, if Watson were to be expelled, it might well jeopardise his lucrative role as a Director of the Edinburgh based lobbying company Caledonia Consulting, which is headed up by Devin Scobie. Not that the company admits it is involved in lobbying. Oh no, perish the thought. "I don't really consider myself a lobbyist, I consider myself a business consultant," says Scobie.
It's a bit like me saying "I'm not a blogger, I'm an internet journalist". Pass the sickbag, Alice.
Hattip for graphic to Alba.