Saturday, February 16, 2008

We shouldn't forget Peter.

I've never been one to forget those who have made a key contribution to public life in Wales. One such is former Secretary of State, Peter Hain who resigned last month to 'clear his name'. Readers of this blog may recall that I thought he may want to kick start his political career by considering a switch to the National Assembly for Wales - so I like to keep an eye on how his little problem is working its way through the system. Dizzy is keeping his eye on things for us.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I see Mr Hain has just been praised by Harriet Harman at the Labour Party Conference - isn't she also under investigation at the moment for donations to her deputy leadership campaign? Do these people have no morals whatosever? I hope you are different Glyn (as I know you are not 'nasty'!).

Dr. Christopher Wood said...

If Peter Hain ends up on the dole
What would he be good for?
Absolutely Muffin

Say it, say it, say it again
If Peter Hain ends up on the dole
What would he be good for?
Absolutely Muffin

(Frankie goes to WAG)

Glyn Davies said...

Its always a mistake for a politician to make moral judgements of their colleagues (from all parties). We are all human and make mistakes - and you never know where the next one is coming from.

I think Harriet Harman was unwise to say much about an issue that is currently under police investigation - just as it would be unwise of me to criticise Peter Hain. I do make a bit of an effort to be 'nasty' sometimes. I've always been quite proud of my psuedo-outrage.

alanindyfed said...

I do think you're being overly-generous here. The man did what he did and there is no excuse in saying that the donations affair was merely overlooked and some kind of mistake. There's a difference between being nice and forgiving and being unequivocably transparent and straight-forward but the two are not entirely incompatible.
For an example see my latest posting.

Anonymous said...

You are the nasty party and Labour is the anti Welsh party according to Labour politicians it seems. What does all this mean the unbiased observer might ask? The answer unfortunately is it proves that we have some of the most lightweight politicians in the world at the moment. If Nye Bevan was still around today he would probably say' If they really believe that the Labour party is an anti Welsh party then they are too stupid to be representing anyone'. After all who won the seats in West Wales bu the good old Tories and not Plaid Cymru. The winner in last year's Asembly election when the elecorate effectively said a plague on all politicians were the Tories by a mile. Thye could easily have won another 2 seats with perhaps a little more luck.

Glyn Davies said...

Alan - I don't think theer's much doubt that Peter Hain failed to declare donations to his Deputy leadership campaign - but we do not know how much he was aware of it, the degree which he should have been aware of it or whether the there was a bit more to the 'think tank' as a front for disguising identity of donors issue. It s just better for all if we await the formal inquiries now going on.

anon - You are correct. Our opponents are keen to portray us as the 'nasty' party, but voters are infuenced by what they see with their own eyes. They will see that Labour in the rather more 'nasty' and they are voting accordingly.

alanindyfed said...

Let's have done with all 'nasty' parties and vote for good old Plaid.