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.