MacShane, who is due to be sentenced on Monday, after admitting making bogus expenses claims worth almost £13,000, wheeled out a string of senior politicians to provide character witnesses when he appeared at the Old Bailey.
Among those who spoke up in defence of the former Europe Minister was Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman who described him as “well liked and admired by leaders in politics throughout Europe”.
She added: “I have never known him to be duplicitous, financially greedy, or deceptive.”
My interactions with him have been limited, this is true, concentrating around his accusations that Nigel Farage was living it up on MEP expenses at the last euros.
But duplicitous is exactly the word I would use to describe him.