The electoral fraud carried out within the Labour party funding structure has been scrutinised with some intensity by newspapers and their blogs. There is another post on the alignment of the mainstream media with the blogosphere, but that is another story. What is clear, from the Mendelsohn episode, is that the handling has been clumsy and has left Brown open to criticism.
Cameron was unable to land many blows during Prime Ministers Questions yesterday, as his forensic questioning was constrained by the necessity of avoiding party political issues. Clegg scored a better line, yet the knockabout atmosphere let Brown off the hook.
For Labour, blows in Parliament are secondary to the systemic corruption that is creeping out. Whilst Brown's rhetoric tried to extend this to the issue of 'party political funding', it is Labour that have attracted public attention and opprobrium. They have endured the police investigation in cash for honours. They have set up an internal inquiry that, percieved with a pro-party bias from the start, reports to one of the politicians implicated in the scandal. Brown now states that another police investigation can only take best at the behest of the Electoral Commission. Really?
Four days in and the government appears to wriggle. More facts are coming out that contradict earlier statements. Not much is clearer, except the attempt of the Labour Party to plead that it is being honest, whilst trying to avoid hard questions.