I suppose it was inevitable that some smug Tory would have been the one to tell me the result of this case.
I feared this would happen, on face value the case looked damming, but I again reiterate that what I know of Miranda and her reputation within the Labour Party does not correspond with this. If it is true, and I doubt that it is, then I am very saddened indeed.
I am also painfully aware that had this happened to a Conservative or a Liberal Democrat and I did not know them, I would have been inclined to believe it because, ahem, deep down it would suit my political prejudices. Maybe I shouldn't say that, but at least I have the honesty to say so and I wonder if any of Miranda's detractors from the other parties would do the same. It has certainly taught me to be more careful about attacking others from other parties. In any case I would suggest to fellow Labour readers and bloggers that if you get into a conversation and a Conservative brings this case up, do them the courtesy to remind them that their yard isn't so clean either at the moment.
For now, it's just awful to reflect that a promising star in Labour's ranks is facing a ruined political career, which is a shame because Miranda looks like she has a lot to offer the Labour Party and it also reflects badly on political activists in general (I knew we want the public to believe that the Party we are in, Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, is morally superior to the others, but they see us as all the same when it comes to allegations of corruption). I suggest that others reflect on that before they get drunk on moral righteousness.
UPDATE: I meant to mention this last night and that's that I hope Miranda will appeal. I can understand if not because it is a hammer-blow of a verdict, but I hope she does because this seems so unfair