February 26th, 2013

Rennard Statement in Full

Lord Rennard has come out fighting, albeit via a ‘friend':


Lord Rennard refutes these allegations. He will co-operate with any properly constituted inquiry.

He has been notified of an internal investigatory panel within the Party. The matter must now be regarded as sub judice pending its proceedings and no further statement will be issued in the interim.

He expects others to respect the sub judice principle, and he notes that under the party rules concerned it is for any case made against him to be proved by evidence to the requisite standard. He denies impropriety.

He would reiterate that in 27 years of working for the Liberal Democrats he received no complaint or allegation about his behaviour.

Nor is he aware of any personal complaints being made in the three and a half years since he stood down as chief executive until last week.

 So he’s denying Danny had a word?

Via ITV.


  1. 1
    Red Egg Millitit... National Socialist says:

    The DimDems are basket cases…………


    • 16
      Tom2023 says:

      Looking for a carpet to sweep it under till Friday.


      • 66
        Lord Rockhard says:

        It’s sub judice I tell you! Stop tittering at the back. You must not talk about this any more because I say it is sub judice now! Who’s laughing? Stop laughing now!

        look, you’re all ambassadors for this blog, and this tittering (am I allowed to use double entendres still?) must stop! It reflects very poorly on Guido’s blog! Guido has a reputation to maintain – this isn’t the LibDims you know.

        That is all – can this now all please go away?

        Lord Rockhard.


        • 68
          Got a new Crayon says:

          Doesn’t “sub judice” mean it’s being examined by a court or a judge?
          Limp Dumb investigatory panels are neither so he can stick his expectations


          • Nick Clegg deputy PM says:

            I try to tell the truth I really do, yet everyday whenever I am speaking, I just can’t help blurting out lie after lie. I hope you all understand.


          • Lord Toffingham says:

            Please remember these are the people who piloted the Human Rights Act through Parliament; they are pretty shaky on legal principles, being guided only by the view that they and their supporters must have rights that trump those of lesser beings, such as net taxpayers.


          • Quiet Bat Person says:

            ‘He expects others to respect the sub judice principle’

            Yes, it should be respected, if it ever comes to Court.

            Until then, he can stick such a cynical, lame attempt to silence his opponents up his arse.


        • 164
          Bloke says:

          No it’s not Lord Rockhard, or he wouldna ha dunnit. More like Lord Limptard.


    • 22
      CarryHole is a stupendous Hunt says:

      Is the symbol two hands trying to catch a carrot?


    • 25
    • 27
      What a load of Puffed up Bollocks says:

      Is it fuck Sub Justice.

      The Liberal Democratic party is NOT the Law.


      • 31
        Tooth fairy says:

        Unless, of course, if the matter is being investigated by Police and he has been arrested or interviewed over it.


      • 32
        Perse O'Nally says:

        Damn, you got there first. Just what I was going to say. The man’s talking bollocks.


      • 63
        Poo Finger says:

        wikipedia – In law, sub judice, Latin for “under judgment”, means that a particular case or matter is under trial or being considered by a judge or court.


      • 165
        NE Frontiersman says:

        These people think that whatever they do IS the law: in Waltham Forest the dodgy Labour Whip Afzal Akram was found by a council disciplinary inquiry to have tried to influence the outcome of planning decisions by leaning on committee members. They remitted the task of sentencing him to….the Labour Party.


      • 175
        Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

        It is common practice that any politician awaiting legal action, does not comment on anything whatsoever that is sub judice. I have not commented on anything for years for that very reason. Boaz.


    • 119
      Sally Bercow says:

      Is Lord Rennard trending on twitter? *innocent face*


    • 162
      Anonymous says:

      Does tonights news from lamb mean that Campbell knew when he was Leader?And did nothing!


  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    I thought Danny Alexander confronted him about the allegations?


  3. 3
    A Citizen says:

    “Sub judice”? Who is this pompous idiot? A political party is not a court of law. It is a cabal of power-seeking conspirators.


    • 50
      Ctesibius says:

      I don’t know who he is. But I know he is pompous. And that he is an idiot


    • 149
      Kavenagh QC says:

      As no charges have been preferred not court proceedings pending as yet then the matter is NOT sub Judice. What a load of bollox.


      • 157
        Pundit Too. says:

        So he is saying that Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander are liars.
        Interesting – I am sure that one day soon they will combine to get their lies in order.


  4. 4
    Grollace says:

    ‘Sub judice’ refers to the Law of the land, not some backroom committee.


    • 10
      Red Egg Millitit... National Socialist says:

      Just a juvenile attempt to try to get people to stop talking about these heinous incidents of a sexual nature :)


  5. 5
    hmmm says:

    Completely contradicts Nick Cleggs Statement that Danny Alex confronted him about some allegations.


  6. 6
    SP4BS says:

    “proved by evidence to the requisite standard”

    There you go. “not proven”.


  7. 7
    Centre Parting says:

    How can it be ‘sub judice’ when it is only going to be a bunch of Libdums mumbling to each other, not a real legal thing?


  8. 8
    One of his jurors says:

    If it is sub judice can we still find him guilty because he is clinically obese, and obviously looks a wrong un?


  9. 9
    anon says:

    ” not aware of any complaints” yet he was supposed to have been “spoken to ” i just don,t get it


    • 20
      SP4BS says:

      I rekon its possible to spin a thread of bullshit, where “quiet words about rumours and concerns” are not the same as “no complaint or allegation”


      • 99
        WoRaft ChiHUAHua says:

        Beaker: Hi, Chris, just a word. Apparently some popsie misunderstood you last week and you know how they are…only we need all the potato peelers we can get…so could you tone down your charisma?
        Chris: Oh, I can’t help it – they get one whiff of the old catnip and they are all over me.
        Beaker: Yes, I know exactly what you mean. I’m a gay icon, so think yourself lucky. I expect it’s our pheremones.
        Chris: Pheremones, yep, we should bottle ourselves for the less fortunate.


  10. 11
    Casual Observer says:

    This is worth looking at, O/T for this thread…


    Nice photo’s.


  11. 13
    Gastric Clogg says:

    I have never heard of Lord Ranitidine


  12. 15
    Naked Rambler says:

    I say to this man. If thou art a real Lib Dem then show my thy beard


  13. 17
    Anon says:

    ‘He expects others to respect the sub judice principle.’

    No, I don’t think so. Rennard is not going to bully people into silence.


  14. 17
    The Right Honourable George Osborne Mp says:

    I think we’ve got a very clear message, a loud and clear message that Britain cannot let up in dealing with its debts, dealing with its problems, cannot let up in making sure that Britain can pay its way in the world.


    • 24
      Red Egg Millitit... National Socialist says:

      Talking down the Pound again……. these stupid Hunts do not have a clue !



      • 48
        Casual Observer says:

        They are goosing the market all over.

        Moodys downgrade, negative rate idea, and this.

        Pound is going to go down anyway. Bo.E needs to be buying gold, which incidentally is back above $1600 / oz now.

        The one to keep an eye on is Gilts. The current talking down the pound one suspects is to keep the current bond prices in line. Ditto with the negative rates.

        The bond market is likely to disintegrate after April, and that will trigger inflation. The UK cannot tax its way out the hole.


  15. 21
    Anonymous says:

    These buffoons really are the limit. How can anything be sub-judice when by definition it can only be sub-judice when it is a matter which is pending in a court of law.
    You probably find that it is not even being pompous it is just simple plain ignorant stupidity.
    What an outfit!


  16. 23
    Pc plod says:

    Has anybody seen Jo Swinson ?


  17. 29
    Webwrights says:

    The wretched man hasn’t refuted anything, as refutation requires proof. He has denied. He has rejected. He has questioned. He has blustered.

    We all await, with diminishing confidence that it will ever appear, his refutation.


    • 41
      English speaker. says:



    • 77
      Rob says:

      It is a common misuse of the word these days by the political class. I’m not sure if they are too thick to know the true meaning of the word or they have slyly ‘redefined’ it in a similar way to how they have redefined words like ‘justice’, ‘poverty’ and ‘equality’.


      • 120
        Rambling Sid Rumpole says:

        It slips off their tongues, they think if they keep repeating those 3 words folks will believe them, say it once give them the benefit of doubt, say it twice have have big doubts, 3 or more times tell them they are compete liars, so they then have to make up other words to placate us …….. they all have done that several times over, no belief left and we ignore them.


      • 135
        Bert says:

        “Redacted” (i.e. censored) is one of their current faves. Just like “liberal” (i.e. narrow-minded and spiteful).


  18. 35
    Go get the lying Coniving Bastards says:

    So the LibDems are trying to re-write UK law on the hoof.

    Sub Justice my arse. These twats deserve everything they get now.


  19. 37
    Steve Miliband says:

    Shambles. And this lot dictate policy to Cabinet? What a joke.


  20. 38
    Perse O'Nally says:

    Refuting something is NOT the same as denying it.


  21. 42
    Did Latin at school says:

    Sub judice my arse. Who is the judge (judex)?


  22. 43
    David Bouvier says:

    So much wiggle room. Not “aware” of any after resigning. But before resigning he only “did not receive” them. So may have been aware of complaints, and any number of them may have been relayed to him or discussed with him over 27 years.

    Clintoneque hair-splitting.


    • 114
      Cicero says:

      No. No wriggle room. This is simply bombastic bollocks. Nothing is wriggling here. Just a steamy turd of politician’s shit.


  23. 44
    Moby Dick says:


  24. 45
    Lardwatch UK says:

    He means repudiate. Refute = prove by argument, which he hasn’t done.

    And as for “sub judice”, words fail me.


  25. 46
    Anonymous says:

    A Limp Dim telling Lies ?

    Surely not Guido !!

    Trying to cover up ?

    Behave Guido !1

    Blaming others ?

    Guido ! Too much bang out of Order, go Flagellate yourself this instant


    • 123
      Rambling Sid Rumpole says:

      “Guido ! Too much bang out of Order, go Flagellate yourself this instant” how do you know Geedo don’t do that already


  26. 49
    Alan Rusbridger, disappointing pianist says:

    Today I have been mostly playing Fox On The Run by Sweet.


  27. 52
    Enemy of the State says:

    Can you not put these men to the political sword Guido?


  28. 58
    Sam Johnson says:

    After we came out of the church, we stood talking for some time together of Bishop Berkeley’s ingenious sophistry to prove the non-existence of matter, and that every thing in the universe is merely ideal. I observed, that though we are satisfied his doctrine is not true, it is impossible to refute it. I never shall forget the alacrity with which Johnson answered, striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it, ‘I refute it thus.’


  29. 61
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

    The whole affair has descended into farce . But I do feel sorry for the hapless cleggie who seems to have constructed a mountain out of a molehill!


  30. 65
    Clegg is a dead man walking says:

    Take your sub judice and stick it up your fat, hairy, stinking arse, you vile man. You’re a fucking pervert and you’ve been exposed.


  31. 69
    Up da workerz says:

    Thousands of BBC journalists and technical staff are to be balloted for strike action over increased workloads, stress, and job losses.

    Broadcasting union Bectu and the National Union of Journalists will ballot members in the coming weeks.

    Earlier this month, many BBC journalists completed a 24-hour strike in a dispute over redundancies.

    The corporation is cutting about 2,000 jobs over five years as part of its Delivering Quality First programme.

    Most redundancies are expected to come as a result of natural wastage and a freeze on recruitment, but the NUJ said 30 compulsory redundancies were being disputed.

    NUJ members went on strike on 18 February after failing to reach an agreement with management over the redeployment of those 30 staff members.


    • 78
      CarryHole is a stupendous Hunt says:

      Time to ditch the TV Tax.


    • 82
      Lenin says:

      The idea of journalists being on salaries has always been odd to me


    • 84
      Big Cyril and Jeremy the dog slayer says:

      Show the test card and ratings at the beeb might improve.


      • 98
        Purnell washes whiter says:

        I shall photoshop myself on the picket line.

        That way I can keep my 300’000 grand non-job and yet be seen to support those who have lost their jobs because of mine.

        Neat, huh?


        • 106
          rebekah aka nellnewman says:

          Well the biased beeb needs to define quality. Does that mean they are going to be more even handed in dealing with politics and finance and the eu and climate change etc?

          No! I thought not!


    • 126
      Reggie Bosanquet says:

      Will anyone really notice if they do strike? I think, not that many.


      • 171
        Curly says:

        Cutting 2000 jobs? Great – that should mean a reduction in the tellytax as there will be no salaries, no NI contributions, no expenses claims, no use of electricity and heating in empty offices etc etc to pay for.

        Three cheers for the BBC!

        {Oh, did I really type that last line?}


  32. 70
    The PrangWizard of England says:

    Arrogant and threatening. These LibDems are the most odious and medacious political thugs imaginable. I hope they all end up in jail. Did Clegg also lie for Huhne in wonder? Check into that too.


    • 115
      Where are Tony Blair's expenses says:

      Clegg lied about Tuition fees, boundary changes and Kennedy’s drinking. He ignored the fact that two of his ministers are liars, Huhne and Laws.

      While we are at it lets have a good look at Rennard’s expenses

      Cable seems to ge getting away scott free at the moment considering what he said on Sunday morning.


      • 129
        When I get home I'll give mt bf a smackeroo kiss on his cheekls oooh, cheeky says:

        Laws a liar? Oh come now, he’s a fine upstanding member of the Cabinet, welcomed back with open arms by all and sundry.

        Indeed, Laws is a fucking liar and thief.


    • 163
      Anonymous says:

      Yes LibDems are odious and spiteful. The most weird,odious and spiteful amongst them is Simon Hughes. He makes my flesh creep. Would be excellent as Uriah Heep.


  33. 74
    Anonymous says:

    Just watched a video on the BBC site. It’s the second video, Clegg suggests that he approached the police about this matter. That’s not strictly true is it?



    • 83
      Anonymous says:

      Different day.
      Different story.
      Do the Lib Dems think people won’t notice?


      • 117
        Nick Clegg deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom says:

        OK I admit it, I lie, it’s my thing, our thing. In fact I lie so much I have to watch videos of myself to remember which lies I have told and to who.

        I’m still fit for my job though, aren’t I?


    • 132
      Judge Judy says:

      If you stick to telling the truth you don’t need to have to try and remember what you have said previously.


      • 173
        Catty Comment (Ms) says:

        As Sir Walter Scott once observed: Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive..


  34. 75
    Lord Stansted says:

    Quite. Investigatory panels with a party do not constitute a court of law. Rennard is one arrogant bastard.


  35. 79
    bergen says:

    These people were much happier in the wilderness of third party opposition. Let’s face it. None of them ever expected to in government and have the press inspecting their behaviour to see whether they practised what they preached. Half of them would never have joined if they had known that they would have to behave like responsible adults both in public and private.


    • 118
      Where are Tony Blair's expenses says:

      Were Swinson, Teather and Featherbrain shagged by Rennard to get their winnable seats.

      Come on who would ever employ a light weight like Teather

      Swinson has tweeted every day for the last 6 months up until last Thursday – funny that

      She must be somewhere, lets get her to ask answer some questions


      • 136
        sub judice = bud juices says:

        ‘Were Swinson, Teather and Featherbrain shagged by Rennard to get their winnable seats.’

        Has Rennard substantial problems with his eyesight?


  36. 88
    Ivor Biggun says:

    Refute? Not yet, he hasn’t. I wish apparently educated people would grasp the difference between refute and deny. Or just STFU, of course — that might be even better.


  37. 91
    Tomorrow's headline says:



  38. 93
    Rennard=Denial says:

    Rennard’s in denial to protect Clegg.


  39. 95
    Beppe Grillo says:

    The lottery gives you a 1 in 200 million chance you won’t go to work tomorrow.

    Alcohol gives you 1 in 5.


  40. 100
    Aydodge E. Scheisster QC says:

    “Sub judice” is being used here as a convenient figleaf for the truth of the matter, which is that all participants are, or at any rate should be, taking legal advice. Any half-fast brief can tell you, don’t sink any potential case by making statements which will come back to haunt you. And once the lawyers are consulted, and there’s a chance this could reach an actual court of law and not just some twopenny-ha’penny internal tribunal, it all turns into a paraphrase of a famous film Mexican bandit, I ain’t got to give you no stinkin’ answers.


  41. 103
    Handycock says:

    Rennard is disgusting.

    Now, where was I, princess?


  42. 105
    EU Watch says:

    Solution for Senate would be PD-PDL coalition, however that would be highly unstable.

    Many have said they would vote for 5-Star again if government cannot be formed and election is re-run.

    Current President of !taly ends term this May.

    MIB closed down 4.9% today, !talian 10Y note up to 4.86% (spread to BOBL widened), EUR / GBP both losing a bit now in US trading, and Gold over $1610.

    Spa!n has not yet reacted, but very early days. It is still possible that the people there may force Raj0y out on the back of austerity / corruption.


  43. 108
    Sir Mary Flappes says:

    Couldn’t help noticing. The fellow has a face for the trough.


  44. 109




  45. 111
    Mandy Rice-Davies says:

    Well he would say that, wouldn’t he?


  46. 113
    Dream Ticket says:

    Sally B should get together with his Lordship. Neither seem to be getting much at home and they could help each other out.


    • 131
      Lard Renault says:

      I may be an ugly, troll like, sweaty, grasping, sleazey, lecherous, flabby, groping sex pest…but I do have limits!


    • 138
      John says:

      Can I watch?


    • 141
      Kerry an Jade waz ere says:

      Why hasn’t Max Clifford surfaced in this affair yet? He’s usually one who delights in the shit and stench that this matter is generating.
      Come on Max, we need your input.


  47. 127
    Universal Hiss says:

    This matter will not be regarded as sub judice you stupid man.

    You may have been able to to silence people in your own vile party but you are now in the big grown up world here.

    Silence me? Fuck off.


  48. 134
    Sir Dando Tweakshafte says:

    It would be sub judice if M’Lard Rennett had initiated libel proceedings. He’s had almost a week. Have I missed something?


  49. 140
    keredybretsa says:

    Impropriety, perhaps this Lord Geez is catholic?


  50. 142
    Bluebottle says:

    This smells very fishy to me .

    Does he live in Grimsby?


  51. 143
    Helpful says:

    Maybe Rennard was just after someone to take his speeding points and it was a misunderstanding.


  52. 148
    Loopy Lou LLB (Hons) says:

    “no further statement will be issued in the interim ”

    The claims made below this sentence by his Lordship look suspiciously like statements to me.


  53. 153
    Calamity Clegg says:

    Oh dear, oh dear. What can I do?


  54. 154
    Ziggy says:

    lib dems ? TWATS!


  55. 158
    Pedant says:

    “The matter must now be regarded as sub judice”

    Why? Has he been arrested or charged?

    “in 27 years of working for the Liberal Democrats he received no complaint or allegation about his behaviour”

    But lots of others seemingly did


  56. 161
    UKIP - the way forward says:

    Paddy Pantsdown has now admitted “he knew of rumours” about #gropegate!


  57. 166
    Axe Grinder says:

    Strange that this surfaces AGAIN just a week before a by election.

    Methinks instigated by a political party with an axe to grind.

    Perhaps the Millbonkers spend all /destroy all/deny/its a load of balls to me anyway band wagon.
    Maybe payback time from the tories for the limp dens destroying the prospect of another 20 seats in the boundaries question.
    I know where my money is on.


    • 174
      Catty Comment (Ms) says:

      Possibly, but there were suggestions on here earlier this wek that a soon-to- be jailbird was behind it.

      PollyTicks is a very murky business.


  58. 167
    Anonymous says:

    Despite the increasingly Porcine images of Rennard being dug out of archives, it is quite clear that it is Clegg who is covered in shit. Again.

    He, and all the Limp Dem “leadership” for that matter, are self interested third raters not fit to run a whelk stall


  59. 176
    Godfather of Salsa says:

    I disagree,
    they are fit to run a whelk stall,
    they will make a far better job,
    and far more eminently qualified for it
    than their present position-
    ….and as soon as possible please


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