I drove back to London this afternoon from the fine city of Norwich. If, in the unlikely event of me breaking the speed limit, I had been stopped by the Police and had told them that it had been "unintentional" do you think they would have said: "that's alright, sonny, just don't do it again". But that's exactly the defence being offered by Harriet Harman and Wendy Alexander. And it won't wash.
Harman's campaign treasurer, Baroness Gale says she was told by the Registrar of Members' Interests that she didn't need to register Harman's mortgage extension. She was "therefore under the impression" that she did not need to register it with the Electoral Commission either. To the outsider that may seem a reasonable assumption, but it simply is not. I didn't make it when I was registering DD's campaign contributions. If I had any doubt whatsoever, I checked, and do should Baroness Gale have done.
The reason Wendy Alexander clings to office is because if she quits, Harman will have to go too. Both have undoubtedly broken electoral law. Their end is merely delayed. Meanwhile, the electorate will enjoy the spectacle of their political careers deservedly swinging in the wind.