Norman Geras reflects briefly on the Meacher affair:

“(I) wonder if these successive episodes in which well-known politicians of (generically) the left discredit themselves – the egregious Galloway speaking fawningly before the mass murderer Saddam, Tony Benn and his simpering interview with same eminent personage, now Michael Meacher in this article – are not symptoms of something much wider: the deep moral disorientation of so much left and liberal opinion in the present global context.

I think the Professor is spot on, although I’d perhaps replace ‘disorientation’ with ‘disintegration’.