MacBeth was right: If it were done when ‘tis done, then ’twere well. It were done quickly and Darren Hughes has followed his advice by resigning from parliament before the mess surrounding police inquiries gets worse.
This is not an admission of guilt and he says:
Although people are commonly thought to be innocent until proven guilty, it has become clear to me that this doesn’t apply in the political arena,” he said.
“I have done nothing wrong, and I remain confident that the legal process will have the right outcome.
“My immediate focus is on clearing my name. I will continue to co-operate fully with the Police inquiry, which will unfortunately need to continue in the glare of publicity.”
One motivation for his resignation is to take the heat off the Labour Party but there are enough question over Phil Goff’s handling of this issue to make that unlikely, especially if the rumours of the New York Branch of the party is helping MPs do the numbers to roll Goff.
MacBeth was mulling over an assassination when he spoke about acting quickly. It is probable that at least some Labour MPs are contemplating the political equivalent.