I feel sorry for Peter Hain. I am also saddened when you consider that when he first became well known, he was an active anti-apartheid campaigner when some of the dinner table classes in Middle England weren't worrying about global warming, but felt that we were being a little too unkind to the South African government whose police seemed to have an astonishing no of bizzare suicides in police custody.
He faced down a nasty smear campaign and has since become one of the more redoubtable figures in front-line British politics. The fact remains however that at best he has shown a certain degree of embarrasing ignorance and, I hate to say it of a political opponent but Iain Dale is right, if this was the Conservative Party we would want a resignation on the table with immediate effect.
Perhaps if he is proven to be innocent he can return at some point in the future, but this story looks like it will be ongoing and I for one am not looking forward to tomorrow's papers, and if nothing else he should hand in his resignation first thing on Monday