Now that Peter Hain has finally decided to do the honourable thing and spend his money outside of Cabinet, perhaps we should be reminded of what he said in 2003. Quote courtesy of Private Eye.
“It is of the greatest importance that the conduct of Members of the House meets, and is seen to meet, the high standards expected by the Wicks committee (on standards in public life), and also by our constituents. Lapses, however rare, are very damaging to public confidence in the House and in our parliamentary democracy. If lapses occur, and are not seen to be tackled with sufficient rigour, the effect is many times worse”
Peter Hain, the Leader of The House of Commons
26 June 2003
Yes, and then you get the boot!