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article imageOp-Ed: The Lord Rennard witch hunt is over

By Alexander Baron     Sep 26, 2013 in Politics
London - Six months ago, Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard was at the centre of sexual harassment allegations. Today the police said enough is enough.
There is a saying in showbusiness that you should never work with children or animals; that should be adapted for politics to you should never work with women or women. Unless you are one, and a heterosexual one at that.
The allegations against Lord Rennard were reported here earlier this year. This afternoon after an extensive investigation, the Metropolitan Police issued a typical discontinuation notice. There is "insufficient evidence" to prosecute Lord Rennard in relation to allegations of "sexual touching".
As is usual in cases of this nature, as soon as one allegation is made, along comes another, and another, and another. No, not like buses, like flying saucers.
If his accusers had been frightened little women - the type who never make false rape allegations - then there may have been cause for concern, but any woman who enters politics, certainly anyone who ends up in the bar at the House of Commons, surely has enough nous to deal with any politician however senior who has wandering hands or simply talks dirty.
If Edwina Currie is to be believed (having it off with former PM John Major) the traffic is far from all one way, and to lower the tone, was it Bill's idea or Monica's to unzip his fly?
If Lord Rennard had been playing away or trying it on with other party members then doubtless his wife Ann McTegart will have sorted him out, but in his statement at the time, he pointed out that these charges concerned his alleged conduct not in face to face situations but in the company of others. The moral of this story is if there is just you and one woman present, leave the room pronto; never crack a joke at the bar; and never make the first move. Especially if you are a politician, and even if you are not.
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