A simple slip of the tongue
Speaking on the BBC's Today programme, Mr Hain was attempting to clarify the difference between the new legislation and existing measures covering the early release of prisoners.
He said, "It is different from the political prisoners.
"The political prisoners were already in prison. They were already serving a sentence, they had been convicted before April 1998."
Of course it is a simple slip of the tongue - whilst he used to be a supporter of Irish unity he is now one of Her Majesty's Loyal Ministers.
Of course there is also the small matter of his Criminal record he also tends to forget: "A 1972 private prosecution brought by Francis Bennion in regard to his leadership of the illegal direct action interference with the South African Cricket tours resulted in a ten day Old Bailey Trial with the jury failing to agree on three charges and hence acquittals on those charges, but Peter Hain was found guilty of Criminal Conspiracy and fined £200. He appealed against the conviction in 1973. The Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal with costs. As reported in the Daily Telegraph of October 23 1973, the court said his conviction was ‘fully justified’. Lord Justice Roskill said Mr Hain had not elected to give evidence, adding ‘He gave no explanation of his part over the incidents with which he was charged’.
In 1976 he was tried for, and acquitted of, a 1974 bank robbery, allegedly having been framed by South African intelligence agents."
Gosh, guilty of organising violent intimidation for political purposes, "innocent" of a Bank Robbery, far left activist, etc. no wonder he gets on so well with Gerry Adams.
Of course now he realises how easy it is make a slip of the tongue and call terrorist scum "political prisoners" he will also understand how it is a mere slip of the tongue that I refer to him not as The Right Honourable Peter Gerald Hain MP for Neath in Wales and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Secretary of State for Wales but simply as The Oleaginous Cunt.