Don’t be blue, Peter

PETER Hain is a happy man today, as he should be.

He found out today that he won’t face charges over late declarations of donations made to his deputy leadership campaign. I’m glad for him. He must have been under a huge amount of pressure in the last ten months, and while he did the right thing in standing down as Work and Pensions Secretary, it must have seemed incredibly unfair and hurtful at the time.

Peter is an honest, honourable and capable politician. I hope today’s decision will clear the way back to government for him.

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19 responses to “Don’t be blue, Peter

  1. richard

    Is Labour so bereft of talent that they need to populate the cabinet with those who, in earlier years, would have had the decency to slink off the public stage?

    I presume that Blunkett will be back next…

  2. Chris' Wills

    I must agree that he was honourable in standing down, a rare commodity.

    I also suspect that he is honest, in so far as this incident is concerned.

    extract from link….
    [Under the rules, regulated donees do not have to be named individuals. Donations can be registered under the name of a “members’ association,” as was the case with Hain4Labour.

    But the CPS was unable to prove that Mr Hain was the “person responsible for dealing with donations to the association” . It said: “Mr Hain was not a signatory to that account and did not direct where funds should be spent.” ]

    I’m not sure I understand this, are the CPS saying that Hain4Labour could have directed funds to other than Hain’s campaign?
    Just interested as I understood it had been set up specifically for this purpose.

  3. It seems a big wad to forget about declaring, but it will be a big weight off his mind, although I am wondering about his state of mind:

    Peter Hain’s plans are dangerous and irresponsible. They send out the message that children are fair game for sex. By effectively lowering the age of consent to 13, the Government is turning back the clock 120 years to the situation before the 1885 law.”

    With ideas like this, he’s bound to be in the running for future Children’s Minister.

    (Sigh)

  4. richard

    Hain’s defence seems to rest on the fact that no-one could prove that he was directly controlling the fake “policy exchange” that he set up to handle the cash donations to his campaign.

    The actual ruling by the CPS stated that he was not charged because there was “insufficient evidence” for there to be a strong chance of securing a conviction. Hardly a ringing endorsement of his probity.

  5. Oh for god’s sake are you kidding me Tom? I know a few people who have met and had dealings with Peter Hain over the years, two of whom have had dealings with him politically as fellow members of the Labour Party.

    Without being disrespectful enough to use your blog comments as a platform to make any negative statements, i’ll just say that not a single one would choose to describe Peter Hain as “an honest, honourable and capable politician.” and leave it at that.

  6. JohnH

    I think we can now be confident Damien Green won’t be prosecuted.

    Oh sorry that’s a completely unconnected issue.

  7. richard

    The difference being that Green is a Tory, hence guilty whereas Hain is a former Labour minister, hence innocent of all charges (including the ones he’d already admitted).

  8. Bedd Gelert

    Perhaps he could be the replacement for Rhodri Morgan as First Minister ?

  9. Johnny Norfolk

    It shows just how Labours bad influence pervades everywhere. If he had been a Tory he would have faced charges.
    Its amazing Tom the different attitude you take to one of your own.

    Just look at the facts. He has been very lucky to get away with it. as far as i am concerned he is guilty as charged.

  10. Donkey Kong

    If you genuinely think that, (and didn’t just write it because Macavity told you to) you really are a pillock.

  11. Incidentally the nearest precedent is 45 years old – Tam Galbraith, Conservative MP for Glasgow Hillhead, resigned as Civil Lord of the Admiralty in 1962 over the Vassall scandal amid much ill-informed press comment which implied that he was probably a dupe of the Soviets.

    When the Vassall Tribunal reported on 24 April, Galbraith was entirely exonerated. Within a few weeks he was reappointed to the Government (in point of fact to the post of junior Transport Minister).

  12. Satan's sibling

    Stuart – I wouldn’t, as a rule, believe a single word the Christian Institute say. Scaremongering, misinformation, and downright lies appears to be their modus operandi.

  13. Peter Hain……an honest, honourable and capable politician.

    Pleeeease! Don’t insult even my lowbrow intelligence! The man is is a joke even in the Labour Party.

  14. Jane

    I agree. He did the honourable thing by resigning to ensure that the investigation did not bring disrepute to the government. I was angry with him at the time for being so stupid!

    I think he should return to Cabinet. He is an able politician. Like the investigation into the Cash for Honours (never should have happened), this matter regarding Peter Hain (no intent to commit an offence and unlikely to result in a prosecution)) and Damian Green (no criminal offence) we certainly like to keep our police busy with so called offences that are ever likely to result in a successful prosecution never mind conviction. Somehow, I think we are losing professional judgement and good old fashioned common sense in our policing.

    Bring back Peter Hain, David Blunkett, Charles Clarke and my favourite of all John Reid. Of well – we can live in hope……………..

  15. Satan’s sibling – well, you would say that.

    Read the Book: your brother loses! Big time.

  16. ani

    “Tories Won’t Landslide The Next Election”

    Brown, Mandelson, Campbell and Blair are a powerful force.
    You should be considering the prospect of yet another five years of honing your whining skills.

  17. Jay

    “Brown, Mandelson, Campbell and Blair are a powerful force.” (ani)

    You mean Tony Blair? I thought that he was no longer an MP. Are you suggesting that an MP who has left office is being allowed to exert a powerful influence over Government? Oh, I get it – he’s one of those special advisers.

  18. Jane

    I have just read a very interesting article in the New Statesman by Denis MacShane regarding the Electoral Commission and the powers we have invested in this very expensive Quango. Like all Quango’s it continues to sek additional powers. I had forgotten the role of this commission and the article has left me very confused about the powers it has.

  19. Look he did take the £100 grand it is just nobody knows exactly who did the paperwork & more importantly it is last year’s story. The real killer for him is that, despite the money, he could hardly get anybody in the Labour party to vote for him.

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