Thursday, February 13, 2014

Rennard’s Threat to Farron

Randy Rennard has just released this statement giving the LibDems – mainly Tim Farron – the following ultimatum if they don’t fancy a bloody court battle:

“There will be no court action if the party simply follows its own rules, or if there is a realistic prospect of mediation succeeding. In the meantime, Lord Rennard is still waiting to see the report of Alistair Webster’s investigation, as was promised to him. He was, however, informed by Alistair Webster personally that the report’s only decision was that there should be no further action, as there was insufficient evidence to hold a disciplinary hearing. Any lawful party action and any mediation will have to reflect this.”

Clegg says no apology, no whip. Liable party president Farron is keeping quiet this morning. Popcorn…

Monday, February 10, 2014

Rennard Serves LibDems
Tim Farron Liable for Costs if Case Goes to Court

Don’t panic Tim, when Rennard sent us a “Letter Before Action” we told the pervy sex pest to sue. Never heard from him again.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Rennard Statement Word Cloud

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“I will not offer an apology to the four women complainants.”

The numbers don’t lie: Rennard doesn’t care about his victims, only about his party. Sorry seems to be the hardest word…

+++ Rennard Suspended By LibDems +++

“Nick Clegg made clear last week, and again this morning, that it would be inappropriate for Lord Rennard to resume the Liberal Democrat whip unless he apologises. Lord Rennard has refused to do so.

The Regional Parties Committee, which oversees disciplinary procedures under the English Party membership rules, today decided to suspend Lord Rennard’s membership of the party pending a disciplinary procedure. As such, he cannot return to the Liberal Democrat group in the House of Lords.

Lord Rennard will now be investigated for bringing the party into disrepute on the grounds of his failure to apologise as recommended by Alistair Webster QC.”

The LibDems are doing a brilliant job for their campaign for Lords reform…
 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Quote of the Day

Nick Clegg’s former aide Bridget Harris quits the party over its handling of the Rennard scandal:

“You go into politics and you accept the notion of a collective agreement for the greater good. After the 15 years I worked in the Lib Dems I realised there is no greater good, just everyone doing a s**t job.”

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Impotent Clegg Repeats Broken Rennard Promise

Nick Clegg took a pasting over Rennard on LBC this morning. Judging by the ensuing silence when asked why he doesn’t just boot the pervy peer out, Clegg clearly wants to get rid but is impotent to do so. Instead all he would commit to is banning Rennard from working on the LibDems’ election campaign:

This is a promise the LibDems have made before and – shockingly – broken. Back in 2010 when Rennard resigned over expenses, though citing ill health, their official line was exactly the same: “he is not part of our campaign team”. Only for him to soon be back spinning for Clegg at the leadership debates and be seen popping in and out of the party’s Cowley Street HQ. Which is strange, because it is unlike LibDems to go back on their word.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Two Interesting Quotes From Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg used to take allegations of sexual impropriety very seriously indeed. Here he is in November 2012, making it very clear where he stands on ITV’s The Agenda:

“Serious questions need to be asked and if after we find out what’s happened, it’s clear that people have turned a blind eye or, worse still, connived with it, then of course they’re going to have to be held to account and – if that turns out to be the case – heads will need to roll of course.”

Here is is that same month, asking all the right questions on 5Live:

“I have been thinking about this a lot, because I cannot understand how this could have remained hidden for so long. There just must have been so many people who knew what was going on …and I just keep asking myself why, why did this remain buried for so long?” 

Now of course this was Clegg commenting on sex allegations against Jimmy Savile, rather than the entirely unconnected matter of Lord Rennard that blew up three months later. But interesting, nonetheless…

LibDem Women Condemn Party

Rennard says in his statement: “I now look forward to resuming my roles within the Liberal Democrats.” Without so much as an apology…

LibDems Won’t Discipline Rennard

Cathy Newman reports that the LibDems are to take no disciplinary action against Lord Rennard. Worth remembering what Clegg had to say following the Rennard Report last summer:

“It makes sobering reading. It shows that stretching over a 20-year period a series of mistakes were made which left a number of women feeling seriously let down and for that there is absolutely no excuse whatsoever.

The report also shows that the individuals who dealt with their complaints had the right motives, but there weren’t the right processes in place to support the women who’d come forward. And as leader of the Liberal Democrats I take responsibility for that.”

And yet he is doing absolutely nothing about it…

All our Rennard stories can be found hereThe old perv still hasn’t sued Guido for calling him a corrupt sex pest.

UPDATE:

Party president Tim Farron has called on Rennard to apologise. If you’re a LibDem you can harass women again and again and it’s fine so long as you say sorry.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Rennard Cover-Up ‘Niece’ Alison Suttie Made LibDem Peer

Alison Suttie, Clegg’s former deputy chief of staff who was implicated in covering up the Rennard scandal, is also given a peerage. According to the Mail Suttie referred to herself as Rennard’s “niece” and asked Jo Swinson to interview those who had made allegations against Rennard. Something she denies. Swinson is said to have told victims to address future complaints to Suttie in Clegg’s office. Clegg says they never reached him but prizes for all anyway.

UPDATE: An alleged victim of Rennard speaks:


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A confused Nick Griffin says Nigel Farage is a shill for the City, forgetting that City banks want to stay in the EU:

“Farage is a snake oil salesman, but a very good one. His supposed anti-immigration stance is all smoke and mirrors, as is his carefully cultivated image as a ‘man of the people’. The truth is that UKIP is a pro-immigration party that exists to lobby for the interests of the City of London.”



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