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Friday, January 11, 2008

Hain Feels The Heat

Peter Hain, the part-time Secretary of State for Wales and sometime Work and Pensions Secretary is feeling the heat, after a failed deputy leadership bid ended in financial chaos for him. The political temperature is rising today again in Downing Street. Gordon Brown will have to determine whether to keep Hain on or to dump him. Given the Prime Minister's previous indecisions, the choice may be an agonising one. However, Hain is certainly embroiled in some form of dodgy dealing.

It beggars belief that a senior politician could not ask a simple question like "Are all the donations to my campaign kosher?" Not complicated, is it? But it was probably a case of "if we don't tell him he can always say he didn't know". Well that kind of slapdash politics doesn't work anymore.

Today a complaint has been filed with the Parliamentary Standards Officer. As Elfyn Llwyd, Plaid Cymru's parliamentary leader, put it, Hain's position is "untenable". And not just because of this. Remember, he's part-time all round. He job shares with an Welsh Assembly Member!!


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