Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Weasel words from Nick Clegg

More weasel words from Nick Clegg about the Lord Rennard scandal:  http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jan/22/lib-dems-qualified-apology-lord-rennard-nick-clegg?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

I am puzzled by the stress that is being made on Liberal Democrat internal rules that insist on "criminal burden of proof in these cases".

I am not a lawyer, but I know that Employment Law (which covers sexual harassment) trumps any "rules" devised by an organisation.  The rights conferred by employment legislation are inalienable rights and cannot be evaded, superseded or given up.  Therefore Lord Rennard needs to go through an enquiry that looks at what he did from the perspective of employment law, and if agreement cannot be reached the case should go to an Employment Tribunal for adjudication.

Update:  Cathy Newman (Channel 4 News) has written a synopsis of the scandal:  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/politics/article3982052.ece?shareToken=ce1bc6c25dc2a5346e60df1b9bc3bf42

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