Thursday, 17 April 2008

Raking over the bones of blame and Peter Hain's career

The former Work and Pensions, and Welsh Secretary Peter Hain has spoken of his “surreal nightmare”.

It seems that extraordinary evidence has emerged of a dirty tricks campaign to discredit his failed Labour deputy leadership campaign further. Mr Hain resigned from Gordon Brown’s Cabinet in January, when police were called in to investigate his failure to declare donations totalling more than £100,000 to his campaign. But in recent weeks, the text of damaging e-mails purporting to have been sent by members of Mr Hain’s campaign team have been circulated.

Some have been sent to the Western Mail while others have gone to the political blogger Guido Fawkes, who was credited with claiming the first blogging scalp.

It now appears that many of the e-mails have been faked. Mr Hain told the Western Mail yesterday: "Something extremely sinister has been going on here. All sorts of things happened during the campaign which I can’t explain." The RSPCA has this week investigated the content of some of the e-mails which falsely suggests that one of its employees in Wales was using its premises to campaign for Mr Hain.

You can read the full story here. Miss Wagstaff is wondering when our nightmare will end and how long do we have to put up with raking over the old bones of Peter's political career before the facts are fully disclosed.


Anonymous 17 April 2008 at 10:59  

Obviously something sinister is going on. But lets not forget that Peter is not the victim here. He is being investigated for not disclosing a sum upwards of £100,000. Things like that just dont get forgotten about. He is under police investigation yet the media seem to be swollowing the poor peter jibs. I am not saying he has not been stitched up with these emails, but lets not forget his own role in the reason why he lost his cabinet position.

Miss Wagstaff 17 April 2008 at 11:17  

My point exactly. Hear hear.

Che Grav-ara 17 April 2008 at 13:57  

Peter Black has also posted on this. Hain is doing well to paint himself as the victim in this. it could very well be the case to a certain degree but he can not claim the reason he lost his job as a Cabinet minsister was anything other than his failure to disclose a vast sum of money.

Anonymous 17 April 2008 at 16:00  

of course the welsh press are soft on Peter Hain, we have to remember that it was the Guardian who broke the story originally about his missing donations. Our press don't have the guts to go after stories like this and it say a lot about them.

Anonymous 18 April 2008 at 10:26  

This has got absolutely nothing to do with somebody trying to stitch up Peter Hain. It is about somebody trying to stitch up the RSPCA in order to get themselves of a painful hook.

The forged emails purport to show that Hain4Labour meetings took place at the RSPCA's Cardiff offices.

By an astonishing coincidence, a certain Cardiff-based lobbying firm is being investigated by the lobbying industry's professional body following an allegation by a former member of staff that Hain4Labour meetings took place at THEIR offices, in contravention of the lobbying industry's code of conduct.

The lobbying company in question denies the allegation fiercely - and no wonder, because if they are found guilty they are likely to be ostracised by the rest of the industry and to lose a lot of clients. They claim that the meetings took place at some different office in Cardiff, not theirs.

And hey presto! An email exchange suddenly emerges purporting to confirm their defence. But sadly, it turns out to have been forged. Who on earth would have a motive to forge something like that??

As I said, Peter Hain only has a cameo role in this one.

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