Friday, May 22, 2009

'MP Suicide Watch' is nothing new it just might be more widespread

Back at the end of April, the Daily Mail ran a story titled "Love cheat MPs on 'suicide watch' as expense claims threaten to expose affairs". This was before the Telegraph started its stories, but was about the expected July release of information. The paper said,
A Commons source told the Mail: 'The whips have three Labour MPs on suicide watch. That's how serious this scandal is. The whips believe they might kill themselves.'
The Telegraph stories broke the following week, and I made reference to the suicide issue here. By May 20th, the Mail was reporting "Now MPs call in a psychiatrist to deal with the 'stress' of the expenses furore".

I bring this up because the concern over the possibility of "MP suicide" is now in the news again and for some strange reason it's being run as if it is a shocking new revelation or possibility, and is being picked up all over the place, including "David Cameron orders public reprimand for suicide warning MP".

Can someone explain to me how this latest news tsunmai on suicide is working exactly? What's with all these people thinking this is new news? Were they all sleeping when it was mentioned before? On holiday perhaps? Anyone understand how it works, and why is the mention of suicide now, considered far more important and worthy of comment than when it was mentioned before?

12 comments:

Half The Story said...

If they are worried about things coming out then why not publish, and be dammed ;-)

Anonymous said...

What they get up to in private I have no interest,if they do it with taxpayers money then they deserve everything that comes to them

dizzy said...

That's nice for you. Did you have an opuinion on why the issue is considered big news now and wasn't a few weeks ago?

DeceptivelySlow13 said...

Would anybody miss them? It would certainly be a start in the reduction of MPs!

Richard Cudlip said...

It's clear this is all part of the media storm that has built up in recent days/weeks. But for MP's to play the sympathy card is more than a little rich. They should be taking responsibility for their actions, not looking for excuses and sympathy. There have been plenty of attempts to put a lid on MP's expenses, this just sounds like a desperate attempt to do the same.

dizzy said...

I'm curious on this notion of "sympathy card". If a non-MP were talking about suicide with concern for MPs would that receive a better reaction?

T' old 'un said...

Are you suggesting "assisted suicide" would be better, Dizzy?
I think the majority of suicides are sad. Many of them are due to things over which the suicide candidate had no control, but where the suicide is considered as a means of escaping from judgement that is a totally different matter.In these cases they have obviously come to their own judgement and are supplying their own justice, to escape reality.These people should stand trial for their misdemeanours and it is sad they escape.

Leon said...

Perhaps it's an attempt to emotionally blackmail the public into feeling sorry for them so they'll let up on their hostility and the MPs can go back to 'reforming' things in their own terms?

Begone! said...

It does look like a concerted campaign to get sympathy, and perhaps persuade the papers to back off a bit.

The initial rumour was that two MPs were having an affair, shared a hotel room, and both claimed for it. Disappointed that we still don't know who.

As they always say when they take away our privacy, "if you've nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear". Perhaps they'll take a bit more care of our privacy now - but I doubt it.

jd said...

"Perhaps it's an attempt to emotionally blackmail the public into feeling sorry for them"

Where's the 'them'? The only person I've seen claiming this is Nadine, who as every day passes seems more determined to live up to the moniker 'Mad Nad'...

tankus said...

saves a potential court case for fraud ...and its not as if we hav'nt got spares....

Anonymous said...

Simple - it's a very quite news week/weekend. So the media is trying to drum something up to keep the weekend space filled over the bank holiday without having to do any difficult work.

The Times is now frequently running stories several days after they appear elsewhere, I imagine other outlets are doing the same.