I was collecting for the City Mission at the supermarket on Saturday afternoon –and every second person had something to say around the credit card issue. Normally, if I’m out collecting for various charities I’ll get one in every five or six people who’d want to stand and chat about a particular political issue…So the fact that people have engaged so much with this, its terribly, terribly sad. I’ve kept saying to people – it was wrong. Spending outside the rules was wrong. But there’also more to it than that. It was the fact it was public money. People really, really feel that it was their money, and it was misused…and extravagantly spent by people. We’ve got to do better, so people can feel it is worthwhile to engage with politicians.
There still seems to be a sentiment amongst some Labour MPs and their supporters that they were entitled to misuse public money and that journalists who took umbrage at the abuse and wrote stories about it should be punished or fired – so it’s incredibly encouraging to see that Robertson gets why it was such a catastrophe for the party.