Thursday, September 26, 2013

Falkirk MP Eric Joyce denies Edinburgh Airport row charges, his political career is in tatters, Sheriff Kenneth Maciver set a trial date for March 31, he leaves Westminster in disgrace, which is no way to finish public life


















Dear All

The say in politics that everyone’s career ends in failure, however some people’s career ends in farce.

Falkirk MP Eric Joyce was once a high flyer in the Labour Party, at one point it rather looked like he would end up a Labour Minister.

Then for some reason, his career took a turn for the worse and imploded in a spectacular fashion.

He leaves Westminster in disgrace after a few brawls which shouldn’t have happened, even fighting in the House of Commons bar.

That kind of behavior is well below what is expected as a member, when I heard about it, I couldn’t believe it, but it’s true.

Then there was the drink driving episode, again, well below what is expected as a member of the Commons.

You can be arse before entering parliament, an arse in it, and an arse after you leave, but there are standards to be maintained, like the dignity of the House of Commons to consider.

Now, Falkirk MP Eric Joyce is to stand trial after denying using threatening or abusive behaviour at Edinburgh Airport earlier this year.

He entered not guilty pleas to three charges at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

The charges say that the former Army major is alleged to have repeatedly shouted, sworn and made offensive remarks at the airport on 19 May.

Joyce pleaded not guilty to resisting constables Alan Hazelwood and John Miller at the airport and on the way to the city's St Leonard's police station.

It is also alleged that Joyce struggled violently and tried to kick the officers.

He is innocent until proven guilty.

A trial date of 31 March, 2014, was set by Sheriff Kenneth Maciver.

This is no way to end his political career, clearly something is wrong with him and been so for some time, perhaps he might realise that he should go and seek some kind of help.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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