Friday, 5 December 2008

Peter Hain - Not Guilty

So Peter Hain has not been charged for his misdemeanour during the Labour Deputy Leadership race. The inquiry has decided that there is insufficient evidence to charge the former Secretary of State for Wales after his late declaration of £103,000 worth of donations.

I’ve always wondered how he “forgot” to declare the £103,000 it’s almost as if he found the receipt down the back of his sofa one day.

Speculation is rife as to whether he will return to Government, and as I far as I can see there are two contradictory perspectives.

1) The Government is stuck between a rock and a hard place and bringing an experienced ex-minister back can surely only help the cause.

2) With the government under pressure for its conduct during the Damian Green fiasco does bringing a disgraced MP back into the cabinet really help things? Because rightly or wrongly people are likely to associate him with electoral fraud.

Either way the next few months will be interesting for the Neath MP.

As always thoughts are welcome

Dewi Un


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