Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Time To Do The Honorable Thing Eric
Eric Joyce, currently the ex-Labour MO for Falkirk, was ordered to wear an electronic tag after being convicted of assaulting politicians in a House of Commons bar.
On 4 July he fancied taking part in a Commons versus Lords charity boat race on the Thames and decided to cut off his tag to 'avoid negative publicity'.
Removing the tag triggered an electronic buzzer and he was contacted by the security firm Serco, who are responsible for supervising tag wearers.
According to the Scotsman, Joyce's lawyer said the bulky nature of the tag would make it difficult to for him to row so he removed it.
Joyce was fined £600 for the offence.
I've seen a tag and it can easily be covered by a sock if the wearer wishes to distract attention from it.
Eric, I think your years within the Westminster bubble have distorted your thinking. The papers wouldn't have been interested in your tag-wearing leg because they know the public wouldn't have the slightest interest.
According to the Sun, Mr Joyce said he didn't realise it was an offence to remove the tag. Really? I do find that very, very hard to believe.
It's long past time legislation was introduced so as MPs who break the law and are convicted are automatically sacked. It would happen to most other working people. The good people deserve an MP of integrity and with common sense. At present their representative has neither.