I watched the 'Dale Confronts Heffer' or 'Heffer Confronted' latest on the Conway issue, and was far more interested in Iain Dale's position than Heffer's which was much as expected.
Dale said (I paraphrase) : I don't know if Derek Conway did anything wrong or not.
Heffer's reply (paraphrased) - which is odd because Derek Conway knows that he did, and has admitted it and apologised for having done so.
Dale: (paraphrased) If it had not been in the middle of a witch hunt about Labour sleaze, Conway would have slid through. It was unfortunate timing....the baying mob....etc etc
THE TRUTH: The public take a long time to get angry about things as basically they can't be bothered with politicians much anyway.
But when politicos act with such blatant lack of common sense as Conway and Hain, bloggers can whip up public anger, and it's a good thing that they do.
Funny how Dale the blogger doesn't like the results of his own work.
Blogs enforce common sense, and provide a forum which previously did not exist. The virtual world is starting to set the standards for the real world, just as Dale at one time said he hoped it would.
Iain Dale, you must realise that what goes around, comes around. You and Tim/Guido have created the new political environment. Your defence of Conway is as if from another era, which has now passed. You are like Oppenheimer regretting the creation of the nuclear bomb.
It's as if you're now saying 'Stop the world. I want to get off!'
It's too late, Iain. You've done it now. In the blogosphere, we are all subject to instant judgement against a yardstick of common sense. And in the UK, it came as much as anywhere from your very own Iain Dale's Diary.
It could fairly be said that it was you who hung your friend Conway.