Morally, of course, he has a point. Labour couldn't win a dead sardine without lying, so why the fuss about minor, personal lies about an opponent when the whoppers about everything else are perfectly OK? The confusion of Woolas and fellow MPs on this point is understandable. The law is based on a concept known to very few of them, the expectation that MPs will act honourably. The virtue is one completely alien to the modern MP of Woolas' ilk, but is one of our strange quirky old customs I'd personally like to retain.