Rennard Conundrum 112

I have known of allegations of sexual pestering against Chris Rennard for at least five years, and I find it impossible to believe Nick Clegg has not known for longer.

But I am baffled as to what the current fuss is about. The allegations of which I know are not of criminal offences, but the sort of inappropriate workplace conduct which should lose you your job. And it was always my understanding that was why Rennard resigned as Lib Dem Chief Executive four years ago. Unless there are new allegations which are actually criminal (and I have still not heard that alleged) what is actually supposed to happen now?

Why the allegations about Rennard were not published at the time, I don’t know. All the senior political journalists knew of them. There are some things, like Prince Phillip’s love life or Jack Straw’s visits to a South London address, which are well known but our corporate media somehow decides to hold back on. One group of people who do know every detail of such matters are the Metropolitan Police’s close protection officers, one of whom allegedly committed suicide recently.

Several things are happening with the Rennard “news”. Clegg has lied. The Tory media have dug up very old, stale news especially for the Eastleigh by-election. The current hysteria about all sex-related allegations (lead news story – Rennard; next item some dodgy Archbishop; next item BBC/Savile) propels this bit of old nonsense effortlessly to the top of news programmes. Meanwhile the bankers are still getting all our money courtesy of the state, Israel is devastating Palestine, the Bahraini despots oppress their people, Saudi and the US stoke terrible war in Syria. But evidently none of that is nearly as important as Rennard’s alleged rather pathetic attempts to get laid.

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  • Mary

    Keep up. Took you all day to find that. I notice you lurk at the end of older threads making your nasty remarks about others such as Mark Golding, Doug Scorgie etc.

    I seem to have been transformed by you from biblical NT characters to a member of the reptile species. It is you that inhabits a nest of vipers. Suggest you get a mirror, stick out your tongue at yourself and check that your tongue is still forked. Mine is not.

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    Not forked but twisted (yours, I mean).

    And no transformation implied : you pose as a saint but hiss like a viper.

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    and it took me “all day” to find your comment because I have other things to do in my day than sitting in front of this blog (unlike your good self).

  • doug scorgie

    26 Feb, 2013 – 3:19 pm

    Constance Briscoe a prominent barrister and judge may have lied to the police in the Chris Hunhe affair.

    If proven then this “prominent” pillar of society has conspired with Vicky Pryce to pervert the course of justice; this offence usually attracts a jail sentence.

    Will Constance Briscoe even be charged, let alone convicted, for this. Even in the unlikely event that she is convicted will she go to jail? I doubt it.

  • doug scorgie

    resident dissident
    26 Feb, 2013 – 11:00 pm

    You quote Mary:

    “It’s truth and justice we are about here, not concepts you and yours would recognize.

    Then you say:

    “No Mary what you are about is assigning a label to those with who you disagree be it Jewish/Zionist/Tory/New Labour/visited Israel or any other of your pet hates as a basis for ignoring and rubbishing their arguments.”

    Firstly I ask you to name the “label” that you say Mary assigns the groups you have mentioned. And, more importantly retract the lie that Mary has ever mentioned the Jewish people in a derogatory way.

    Then you ask:

    “I also note that you have pointedly failed to address my point about distinguishing between Judaism and Zionism.”

    Judaism, as you know, is a religion followed mainly by Jews whereas Zionism is a racist ideology followed by some Jews, Christians and others, including Atheists and anti-Semites who want a uniquely Jewish state, run by Jews for the benefit of Jews and to the detriment of all other ethnic groups in that state.

    Anti-Semites being people that don’t want Jews in their part of the world.

  • CE

    Yes Mary,

    I too am interested in seeing these slanderous (I presume you mean libellous, as I’ve never spoken a bad word against you) accusations that you claim to have been subjected to? Plus, this ‘we 3 are all one person’ shtick is becoming really boring.

    Surely you’re not over egging the pudding?

    As Habba indicates, if anyone was going to be charged for their content on this blog, I’m pretty sure you would be one of the first to get your collar felt.

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    @ Dougie Scorgie (20h45) :

    “Firstly I ask you to name the “label”…etc…)


    “And, more importantly retract the lie that…etc…”.

    Have you any idea how pompous and laughable you sound when you set yourself up as a kind of stern Old Testament prophet, beard all a-quiver, pointing his finger in wrath and enjoining the poor sinner of the moment to do and say this , that and the other?

    If you had any self-awareness you’d crawl back into your desert cave and keep quiet for a long, long time.


    La vita è bella, life is good!

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    @ Dougie Scorgie (20h15) :

    “Will Constance Briscoe even be charged, let alone convicted for this. Even in the unlikely event that she is convicted, will she go to jail?”

    Could this be the same Dougie Scorgie who lambasted me a little while ago for putting forward opinions in the form of questions in order to provide an easy let-out if proved wrong?

    It certainly could!

    Well, you are wrong (again). zzzzzzz

  • Mary

    Doug Scorgie Ignoring the chaff or düppel, no I do not think Judge Briscoe will be charged. The LDs are mired in scandal after scandal but Cameron will keep a lid on things in case his ghastly Koalition krumbles! I don’t think Eastleigh would be having a by-election had it not been for the woman scorned. She said today that she was suicidal when Huhne left her.

    The present government is like the one portrayed in that drama A House of Cards.

  • CE

    Talk about stating the bleeding obvious, of course Eastleigh wouldn’t be having a by-election if Huhne hadn’t left his wife.

    Could someone also explain Mary’s K in Koalition for me? I presume it is an awkward attempt at humour, but can’t figure it out? Thanks.

  • Villager


    “Could someone also explain Mary’s K in Koalition for me? I presume it is an awkward attempt at humour, but can’t figure it out? Thanks.”

    Why don’t you jump in the freezer with the rest of the Kubes?

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    @ CE (23h45 yesterday) :

    I think I can help. When mentioning things or people on her hate list (the UK govt. coalition, America, etc…), Mary uses a K instead of a C to give a slight Germanic flavour to the word and thus, presumably, to evoke the Nazi period.

    It’s rather childish of her, but that’s Merry (Not) for you!


    La vita è bella, life is good!

  • CE

    Thanks Habba.

    Exactly as I feared. There seems to be no bounds to her tastelessness and sick sense of ‘humour’.

    Can’t quite decide what is worse, the inference that all Germans are Nazis, or the lack of historical perspective involved in attempting to compare our government to Nazis. Warped doesn’t quite do it justice.

    The mind boggles, it really does.

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    Standard gambit there : oh, I didn’t really mean it, I was just joking!

  • CE

    Yes, it is perplexing how if you attempt to question Mary on her intolerant alter-ego, you are somehow falling for her ‘trap’? 🙄

    So how does this trap work? You pretend to be offensive in order to garner a response on a message board. I do believe there is a name for such behaviour….

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    “a name for such behaviour”? Surely you don’t mean “t….” – no, I can’t bring myself to say it.

  • resident dissident

    Douglas Scorgie

    Mary makes repeated references to people being Jewish in her posts attacking various targets – if you want an example look at here snide attack on Jemima Khan, where as far I can see her former religion or that of her father were of total irrelvance to the matter in hand. It is pretty clear that when she calls some one New Liebour, Jewish, a Friend of Israel that is not being given as a label of approval.

    I am glad that you understand the difference between being Jewish and being a Zionist (although I suspect you probably believe that anyone who believes in the right of both Israel and Palestine to exist, and is critical of the human rights abuses on both sides would probably be assigned the Zionist mark of disapproval) – Mary clearly doesn’t if you bother to look at the posting to which I originally objected and linked. I am still due a proper explanation as to why it is acceptable to use a Jewish religous festival as the basis for an attack on the (unacceptable) behaviour of some Zionists. Mary can huff and puff all she wants but she hasn’t had the courage to address the point I raised.


    Go back and look at that Robert Frost poem – why do you think he was sighing? Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance as they say.

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    “Mary….hasn’t had the courage …” : yes, Resident Dissident in fact highlights one of Mary’s characteristics which I have been somewhat slow to recognise (and I thank him for pointing it out): her cowardice. She always attacks – with monotonous regularity – the easy targets, safe in the knowledge that she will gain the approval of this blog’s Eminences. And, when corrected or pulled to account, she ignores contrary points of view, choosing to simply ignore them rather than to defend the position she’s advanced. At best, she will dismiss anyway who disagrees with her as a troll – again, safe in the knowledge that the other Useful Idiots will cheer her on. A sad case.

  • resident dissident

    Habba, to be fair I’d contain my comments to Mary’s postings here. I suspect many people are totally different in real life from the persona they present here otherwise they would have very sore noses most of the time. And to be fair to Mary her posting a while back about her personal life shows that she demonstrated a lot of courage in other circumstances.

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    Fair comment, Resident Dissident. Although Mary’s posts are all so much of a muchnesss that I find it a little hard to believe that the real Mary and her blog persona are that different.

    But I – and I suspect you’d agree with me – am not really interested in knowing what the real Mary is like. She chooses to post anonymously on this blog and our appraisals are accordingly of her posts and the opinions as revealed therein.

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