Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ms Harman was legal officer for the National Council of Civil Liberties at the time

And still the controversy rages - this article by Guardian writer Zoe Williams is all over the place:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/25/harriet-harman-daily-mail?CMP=twt_gu

The PIE organisation in the 1970s was mired in controversy, including legal action.  Ms Harman was legal officer for the National Council of Civil Liberties at the time.  In seems inconceivable that her advice was not sought about the legal implications of the affiliation of PIE with NCCL.

It is not an unreasonable question to ask whether her legal advice was sought, and what advice she gave.

To say it was a long time ago is beside the point (in any case the 1970s was not all that long ago).

To say all these issues were up for debate at the time is again beside the point.

To say that an anti-Labour newspaper is smearing a Labour politician is not relevant to the discussion (smears are part and parcel of politics and Labour hold the record in this area - do you not remember the *innocent face* smear?).

Harriet Harman is the Shadow Deputy Prime Minister.  We have a right to know what her views are on important social issues, including the age of consent, and whether those views have changed over the years.  Let's have some openness and transparency please.

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