From pretty-well the opposite end of the political spectrum, Mr Eugenides writes a detailed and fairly perceptive post on the whole Smeargate episode.
There's plenty of counter-argument that I don't have time to make at the moment, but two questions leap out at me:
1. Does anyone with an ounce of sense - when they're not pointscoring - really think we live in a corrupt country? Or that UK politics is fundamentally corrupt?
2. Is this a falsifiable position? One with a workable less-corrupt alternative that could be accepted by anyone who isn't a devil-takes-the-hindmost right-wing extremist?
Just asking, like.....