Times hack Sam Coates has a reasonable and moderate piece on his blog, in which he points out that:
If the Electoral Commission’s actions [regarding Peter Hain] result in a conviction, then [they'll] instantly become the heroes of the democratic system. But if the Commission’s decision turns out to be wrong…
Check out the gibbering mentalists in the comments, who appear to equate the view that if Peter Hain is not guilty then it’ll be a bit embarassing for the Electoral Commission to have ruined his career with the view “I love Peter Hain, I’m a member of the Labour Party and I want to have his babies”.
[also, is commenter DK, who believes the blog post is puke-making Labour spin, the notorious DK? if so, then what the fuck is he playing at? Update: no, it isn't. Good.]