By popular demand… Hain Pt 3

In today’s exert from the interview that keeps on giving, Peter Hain ponders on his own status as an international man of mystery, and expresses some John Reid style views on Muslims…

More importantly, I wonder if a Brown/Hain double act will appeal to the electorate. ‘Neither of you are English,’ I say. ‘In the light of a public mood favouring an independent England, do you think voters will put up with two foreigners running the country?’

Hain answers meditatively: ‘I have asked myself this question long and hard, because whoever takes the deputy leadership has to help win the election. So I consulted Labour MPs in marginal seats.

‘I concluded that most people think of me as international and classless. I have integrated. When I see Muslims not making the effort, I worry — it’s dangerous.’

Suggesting Muslims are “dangerous” cannot be the most sensible thing that a politician can do.  Mind you, it doesn’t seem to have done Jack Straw a huge amount of harm.

More from the Hain Petsy Wyatt face-off same time tomorrow.

19 Responses to By popular demand… Hain Pt 3

  1. HenryG says:

    Dear me. Sanctimonius, pompous and careless. Clearly at this point his SPAD should have hit the fire alarms and adjourned the interview until after the deputy leadership election.

    O/T Can international development enthusiasts tell me what’s the significance of this report about Hilary Benn’s stand off – is it good and a decent result for playing hard ball with the World Bank, or is it an embarrassing climbdown after trying a swerve to the left he couldn’t sustain.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,5-2488885.html

  2. I agree, he’s completely classless.

  3. Nick says:

    Can it get any worse than this?! Whoever set this interview up, let alone allowed it to continue, must surely be due for a P45…

    And IIRC he actually criticised Straw for his remarks at the time.

  4. Andrea says:

    Does anyone know the full list of the 25 Hain supporters “available for quotes” ?

  5. I think Shaun Woodward’s one of them.

  6. Nick says:

    I believe they are on his website http://www.peterhain.org – under Deputy Leadership. He’s deleted Roger Berry and Sir Peter Soulsby now. But Shaun Woodward is still backing him.

  7. Andrea says:

    Thanks Nick!
    I confess that I’ve visited his website to try to find them and I even failed to see he has a “deputy leadership” section until you mentioned it!

  8. Adele says:

    Cannot believe he said that. Was he pissed at the time, perhaps?

  9. Good to see another public outing for David Chaytor, one of the fantastical four who thought that Michael Meacher was the man for the real leadership. Perhaps he’s just got a really good sense of humour?

    Also good to see Michael Clapham representing the Campaign Group – I imagine he’s attempting to follow the classic early Blair era trade union rule that it’s always best to vote for what you don’t want and get it, at least then you’ve won.

    I think even this dastardly attempt at self-defeatism will be foiled this time, though.

    Good to see the Hain campaign continuing, though. It makes up for the terminal decline of Have I Got News For You.

  10. Andrea says:

    I suppose John Cummins is John Cummings spelled in the wrong way

  11. Adele says:

    What has Chaytor come out for Hain??

  12. Andrea says:

    Adele, he’s listed among Hain supporters:
    http://www.peterhain.org/main.asp?pageid=62

  13. Thomas says:

    To be fair to Adele and others, the list of 26 declared Hain backers has already shrunk by 2, and is expected to drop further. Just because an MP is on a list of declared Hain backers, does not necessarily mean they are backing Hain.

  14. HenryG says:

    Thomas, do you mean that some could defect?!! Why on earth would they put themselves on his backers list if they were not backing him? Can an MP back/nominate more that one candidate?

  15. “Why on earth would they put themselves on his backers list if they were not backing him?”

    Have you never been drunk?

  16. HenryG says:

    Maybe Hain just stuffed joints into their mouths.

  17. Nick says:

    …and they did inhale?

  18. Yes, let’s hope they weren’t being held down by SPADs on civil service contracts.

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