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Betsan Powys | 14:30 UK time, Thursday, 10 January 2008

I feel a bit like Carol Vorderman (and yes, all right, I know I don't look much like her) counting down to the all- important, match-settling Hain Countdown Conundrum.

Like any number of colleagues I'm waiting to decipher the Secretary of State's submission to the Electoral Commission when it comes. If he really is about to throw anything like an extra £100,000 into the open, then you get the feeling that "three big figures, two little ones and oh, one more nought" might be about right.

But who from? And will the boss accept that the blame lies with the campaign team, even if the buck stops with the deputy leadership candidate himself?

Mr Hain may be surprised to learn that, so far, one old enemy has "until now given Mr Hain and his team the benefit of the doubt." Plaid's Elfyn Llwyd MP isn't prepared to carry on though. Despite falling foul of parliamentary rules on campaigning himself just a few months ago, he's calling on the police to investigate "an under-declaration of this magnitude".

Keep counting down.

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  • 1.
  • At 04:36 PM on 10 Jan 2008,
  • Cyn Llafuriwr Seneddol '83 wrote:

Have we in Wales ever had such an untrustworthy, slimy, spin-ridden Secretary of State? It's time this Putney dinner-party socialist was despatched from Wales. Dewch yn ol John Redwood!

  • 2.
  • At 05:52 PM on 10 Jan 2008,
  • Foucault wrote:

Betsan- just hard difficult can this process be? It smacks of 'dodgey dealings' and yet I am almost certain its an administration problem rather than an ethical one. He's not the only one..

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