In the first flush of pleasure at the scalping of Peter Hain, I had quite forgotten his rôle in the drawing up of the EU Constitution, during which he allowed a particularly large whopper to pass his lips, one of positively Goebbels-like ‘Big Lie’ proportions, to the effect that said constitution was no more than a ‘tidying-up exercise’.

Thus the termination of his political career sees the demise of one of those Quisling ministers who have done so much to destroy the position of the United Kingdom as an independent sovereign state as well as the removal of Hain the Pain, who first came to our attention when he tried to ruin some perfectly good games of rugby in the 1970s. A classic case of ‘what goes around comes around’, methinks or a simple case of a bounder getting his just desserts.

On The PM programme I heard Paul Murphy, his replacement at the Welsh Office, opine that this was all got up out of proportion by Hain’s political enemies and that there was not an ounce of sleaze in him.

I rather think, as to the first proposition, that Hain did this one all by himself. As to the latter, the existence of the Progressive Policies Forum and how it was apparently used for making donations to Hain from politically unattractive sources; and his habit of endorsing businesses that later made donations to him; and the saving of Remploy jobs contemporaneously with donations by the union involved with Remploy provide more a more than adequate basis for suggesting that Hain is a sleazebag. If you needed more, his serial failure to declare donations to the Electoral Commission timeously, which were, on the face of it, criminal offences add considerable lustre to his reputation for sleaze.

Another plus in all this might be thought to be the placing of yet another nail in the Labour Coffin. The more of these we can produce as quickly as possible the better chance we have of bringing this corrupt administration to a premature end. One prize thus to be gained is to improve our chances of securing a government which will allow a referendum on his ‘tidying-up exercise’ so that we can see if the British people agree with him or not.