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.

12 thoughts on “Srsly?”

  1. Were iI the judge, i’d be more impressed by testimonials from his constituents than with back-slapping from other ogres.

  2. What use is a character witness at sentencing in a case like this? It’s the existence of a conviction that will ruin (hopefully) the rest of his life plans, how big his fine or long his stretch in Ford Open isn’t really relevant.

    I can see the point when an otherwise productive member of society carelessly does something naughty (this isn’t normal behaviour by the defendant m’lud, something must have come over him). Systematic fraud against 60 million people over a long period of time is however an adequate exposition of ones’ character, no?

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Harriet Harman who described him as “well liked and admired by leaders in politics throughout Europe”.

    Well she would wouldn’t she? Frankly I am not much impressed by one leperous c**t defending another leperous c**t. That is why he is well liked by leaders in politics throughout Europe – they are all leperous c**ts. And they stick together.

    The truth is that they are such leperous c**ts they think the good will of other leperous c**ts impresses anyone who isn’t a complete c**t himself. I hope the judge falls on the right side of that divide.

  4. Well liked and admired by leaders in politics eh, well that would in my book lead to a significantly heavier sentence, preferably in one of Britain’s more high security units. Do him good, and one can only dream of Harriet Harman joining him there one day for an even longer stretch.

  5. “It’s the existence of a conviction that will ruin (hopefully) the rest of his life plans, ”
    Oh fuck off James. Him & the ex-Mrs Huhne will be hosting a BBC breakfast TV show this time next year. It won’t make the slightest difference. These scum are unsinkable.

  6. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving bloke though, could it? Stupid, smug bastard. There a many members of our elite I’d like to see in this position, but few I’d more like to see in this position.

    Come to think of it, Harperson is one of them.

  7. She’s never known him to be…financially greedy or decptive.

    So is provides a character witness completely oblivious to the crimes he has just admitted. What a fuching cretin she must be.

  8. Witchsmeller Pursuivant

    Perhaps Employment Judge Snelson could be called as a character witness. After all, his judgement in the Fraser v UCU case seemed to hit the nail on the head as far as MacShane’s character is concerned:

    “We did not derive assistance from the two Members of Parliament who appeared before us. Both gave glib evidence, appearing supremely confident of the rightness of their positions. For Dr MacShane, it seemed that all answers lay in the MacPherson Report (the effect of which he appeared to misunderstand)… Both parliamentarians clearly enjoyed making speeches. Neither seemed at ease with the idea of being required to answer a question not to his liking.”

    I read the subtext as ‘Macshane is an arrogant, ignorant, grandstanding twat’, but I suppose Snelson had to mind his language.

  9. Dear Mr Worstall

    “well liked and admired by leaders in politics throughout Europe”

    So he must have done even worse things than filch a measley few quid.


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