MacShane spent nearly seven weeks in Belmarsh, an institution housing murderers and terrorists, and Brixton, before serving the rest of his sentence with an electronic tag. While he learnt much from his experience, it’s clear the former Rotherham MP believes he should never have been there in the first place.
‘I don’t excuse myself,’ he says in the first interview since his release. ‘I’m guilty as charged. I’m the author of my own misfortune… although I’m not sure an honest reader would think I should have gone to prison.
We not only thought you should have gone we howled with laughter when you did.
For there are those of us who recall you making claims about Nigel Farage’s expenses during an election campaign…….