Never had anything against Peter Hain. Even respected his anti-aparthied stand. But he blew any claim he made on respect with his utterly reprehensible clause in the Government of Wales Act, which bars candidates from standing both for a constituency and on the Party List in May's Assembly Election. This was a disgracefully partisan clause in the Act -and he knew it. No wonder I so enjoyed my fellow blogger, Guido Fawkes embarrassing Peter by publishing a secret list of Labour Welsh 'names' who cannot bring themselves to back him. What we find is that the two Welsh MPs who know him best, David Hanson and Alun Michael, are out to stop Peter becoming Deputy Prime Minister. Guido's revelations were reported on by Tomos Livingstone in today's Western Mail. I really hope this scuppers Peter's chances for good. It's what he deserves. In my opinion, his behaviour over the Government of Wales Act makes him 'unfit for purpose'.
I have just discovered the breathtaking scale of Peter Hain's double standards - something I'm sure he hoped no-one in Wales would notice. Well, hard luck Peter. Last year the Scottish Parliament (a Lab - Lib Dem coalition) commissioned the Arbuthnot Report. Recommendation 9 stated;
"Candidates for election to the Scottish Parliament should not be prohibited from standing in a constituency and on the regional list in the same election"
The Westminster Labour Government, of which Peter Hain is a leading member has just given its official considered response to the Arbuthnot Report. It responded thus;
"The Government notes the Commission's recomendation strongly in favour of allowing a candidate to stand in a constituency and be on the regional list, and following this has no plans to introduce any change in this area for election to the Scottish Parliament"
The exact opposite of what they did in Wales! Peter Hain and Rhodri Morgan (together with their totally unprincipled colleagues at Westminster and in Cardiff Bay) are exposed as willing to fiddle the election system for Labour's advantage with total contempt for constitutional consistancy or decency. They think they can get away with it because voters will not be able to understand what they are up to. The reputations of Peter Hain and Rhodri Morgan will remain polluted for ever. I just hope the media give them the 'kicking' they deserve.