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Is Feminism Dead In The LibDems?

By Sara Scarlett
November 17th, 2015 at 8:55 pm | Comments Off on Is Feminism Dead In The LibDems? | Posted in Liberal Democrats

I really think the LibDems Lords must be missing a large portion of their collective brain cells. The fact that they not only defend Chris Rennard but thought him a suitable candidate to represent them at the FE just defies belief. Even as a mere horrified witness to the distress of women close to me, I am still livid at this whole sorry chapter in Liberal history. Lord Rennard may not belong in prison but the fact that anyone thinks he deserves power after he abused it in such a serious way is worthy of the highest scorn.

In the Liberal Democrats, the “broadly credible” voices of several women, who included trusted LibDem party officials, party staff and candidates, are worth less than the voice of one powerful man. As others have rightly pointed out, this would be more than enough for any organisation in the private sphere to sack someone. Why should any woman work in a party that offers them less protection than the private sector?

If this is a woman-friendly party then I’d hate to see what isn’t. I still need a lot of convincing that feminism isn’t dead in the LibDems.



Rennard: I Was Cyberbullied…

By Sara Scarlett
November 17th, 2015 at 2:07 pm | Comments Off on Rennard: I Was Cyberbullied… | Posted in Liberal Democrats


Sir Norman Fry: “The fact that both my hands were on both her breasts was simply an accidental happenstance…”

Sic semper tyrannis!

By Sara Scarlett
November 17th, 2015 at 11:51 am | Comments Off on Sic semper tyrannis! | Posted in Liberal Democrats


Hat Tip: Ben Mathis

Tony Greaves Apologist For Scum Part 2

By Sara Scarlett
November 15th, 2015 at 7:16 pm | Comments Off on Tony Greaves Apologist For Scum Part 2 | Posted in Liberal Democrats

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Somebody. Stop. This. Man.

I love the suggestion that the party constitution is sacrosanct. For years Lord Rennard aggregated his power and warped the constitution of the party to suit himself. Now Rock The Boat are using that same constitution to object to what they consider to be an inappropriate appointment to the FE. How come 200/50,000 members can call a conference on a whim? Because the constitution says they can. Basically. Alas, Lord Greaves exposes himself, once more, as a man who thinks a Chief Executive predating on candidates is ‘relatively minor.’

My favourite line this time is the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ line. Yes, it’s everyone else’s fault… None of this would have happened if the Lords, in their infinate wisdom, hadn’t elected someone so objectionable to the post in first place. This whole scandal is the fault of anyone except precious, fat, snowflake Chris Rennard, himself. The Rennard Conference was  inevitable, really. Let me do the math for you all, once more.

Rennard = innocent + Rennard accusers = being credible =/= a satisfactory resolution to the matter.

That was never going to cut the mustard, was it? Lord Rennard may have no case to answer to the police but he sure as hell has a case to answer to the members of the party he claims to love. I’m 100% this move will fail. The reformers in the party never win.

Tony Greaves Apologist For Scum

By Sara Scarlett
November 13th, 2015 at 11:25 am | Comments Off on Tony Greaves Apologist For Scum | Posted in Liberal Democrats

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As someone who thinks being a LibDem is a less of political party and more of a collective mental illness this comment from Tony Greaves is a gift. Any doubt that the Lords are out of touch with the members should be dispatched forthwith.

The suggestion that just because someone is competent and talented that they get a free pass for their bad behaviour and should be trusted with a position of power is spectacularly offensive. That’s only a step away from rich, successful, smart people should be able to treat the little people however they want.

It’s been less than a year that Lord Rennard was at the centre of a major scandal. I’ll admit that Lord Rennard was not found guilty to criminal burden of proof. It is worth noting, however, that being unpleasant, creepy or vile is not illegal…

Lord Rennard upset enough women (who were found to be ‘credible’ by the investigation) that they felt the need to go to Channel 4 after they had unsatisfactorily tried to deal with the matter within the party. Like so much internal party dispute this unsatisfactory handling of the matter has only led to more upset.

He should have at least had the decency to let the wound heal a little bit more before putting himself forward to a position of power. (If your behaviour is deemed so unnacceptable that a group of people start a movement to eradict it you really should get the hint…) This shows poor judgement, a lack of sentivity, a lack of self-awareness and a level of self-entitlement that defies belief.

What I love most is the last line. In Tony Greaves minds it appears that activists objecting to an unelected group of people appointing someone to an otherwise elected ruling body of an organisation is tantamount to sanctioning ‘fuhrerprincip’ – it’s the irony that you don’t get anywhere else.