Right before we go any further this rant is not about him, nor am I making any comment about him. So if you are thinking of suing me for libel you can forget it.
What am I talking about is my understanding of events this week. A case of sexual harrassment against him is dismissed due to lack of evidence. Now. Another thing to get straight here. This does not mean he is innocent and the women who made the claims are liars. I am not saying that at all. Four women made claims against him so I am not saying the harrassment didn’t happen. I am making no comment on that for fear of being sued. Only the parties involved know the truth. What I am talking about is the fact that the in the absence of evidence and a guilty verdict he is, well, not guilty. Whether we agree with that outcome or not right now it is a fact.
And after the decision was made he issued a statement saying that he would not be able to issue an apology to the women involved, on the advice of his legal team. An apology is an admission of guilt. We all know this advice, we get it from our car insurance companies. Whatever you do, don’t get out after rear ending somebody and say “oh my God I am so sorry” . That makes it your fault and can be used against you.
So Lord Rennard was given the same advice by his legal team, don’t issue an apology or there could be a civil suit brought against you.
Seems pretty clear cut to me.
Except The Liberal Democrat Party have now suspended him, saying he has brought the party in to disrepute because he won’t apologise. But he has been advised not to apologise. He is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.
The party to whom he has sworn his allegiance has turned its back on him pretty much. All but chucked him out in the cold over a technicality, not over a fact.
And I think that is wrong. Suspend somebody for being a slime ball. For being guilty of groping women. For fiddling expenses. Whatever somebody might be found guilty of. But not for heeding legal advice to protect him.
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