The broadcast media is already asking: what does Hain's resignation say about Gordon Brown? Most people agree thatr Brown has shown a degree of weakness and misjudgement here. If he had told Hain that his position was untenable and ought to go a couple of weeks ago most commentators would have described it as 'ruthless but necessary'. Instead he stood by a colleague who was a dead man walking. If it had been out of personal loyalty and friendship I could have understood it, but the two men have never been close.
The reason Brown didn't want Hain to go was because it could have a domino effect on Wendy Alexander and Harriet Harman. Harman in particular will view this as a bitter blow to her chances of surviving any further fallout over the Abrahams affair. Which reminds me, where are we on that?