The BBC gave the Irish sex abuse cases top billing
They even made a Vatican-driven reorganisation of the Irish Catholic Church the main item on Radio Four news a fortnight later.
Yesterday the resignation of a bishop made the PM news, with interviews and a correspondent report. Three online news items.
You’d almost think Ireland hadn’t been an independent nation for the past 90-odd years.
Yet coverage of the Irish budget, which made such a contrast to Alistair Darling’s earlier statement, was almost non-existent.
Admittedly Darling’s budget was the same day. But the Irish budget was important in that it was an attempt to shore up an economy which was over-borrowed, with collapsing tax revenues, a massive deficit, banks that survived by the skin of the taxpayer’s teeth and questions over the government’s credit-worthiness.
Not too far away from what we see in the UK, in fact. Obvious parallels begging to be drawn, yet Robert Peston, Stephanie Flanders and the BBC News editors heroically denied themselves.
Can’t imagine why the two topics should get such differing treatment. Can you?