Throughout the current rumpus about the illegal donations to the Labour Party, its been assumed that, in reality, it was just a few backroom boys getting carried away. A bit of short term damage and then normality resumed. That was definitely the tone of a discussion on the Radio Cymru programme Taro Post that I took part in this afternoon. Paul Flynn, MP was on for Labour. I couldn't believe what he got away with. I was stuck on the end of a mobile, with a dodgy signal - and Radio Cymru still turn to Plaid Cymru, Labour's coalition partners as the 'opposition'. They still haven't cottoned on. Frankly, I was outraged by the tone of the discussion.
What we have is a Prime Minister admitting that his party has broken the law!! Paul was trying to compare the crime with what Plaids 3 MPs did with their Communications Allowance. Absolutely bloody outrageous. And even in this situation Labour is spinning and obfuscating for all its worth. I was surprised that Paul didn't bring Lloyd George into the discussion! Well, in my opinion, we are in new territory and we don't know where its going to end up. The Police are now investigating what is alleged to be a crime (just being careful). This could finish up anywhere.
We use the term 'donorgate' too casually. I remember Watergate. It started like this. The more we learn, the more we realise that there are things we don't know. Gordon Brown's escape route was a 100% 'clear the decks' admission. He didn't take it. Even worse, he tried to fix things by setting up a 'tame' inquiry. Its beginning to look as if he missed his chance. There was only going to be one, and it looks as if he blew it. At least the public are not fooled. Tomorrow's YouGov opinion poll in the Telegraph has the Conservatives on 43%, Labour on 32% and the Lib Dems on 14%. I've never seen anything like it. I know everyone thinks that things will calm down and the pendulum will swing back - but I really am beginning to think that it won't. What an absolute pillock Quentin Davies, MP looks now. I would really enjoy it if he was on Question Time tonight.