Jaspar Gerard on the Lord Rennard affair
Jaspar Gerard, who was once a rising star on the Sunday Times with excellent contacts among the Liberal Democrats, wrote an entire book about how Nick Clegg captured the party leadership, and thought he had scored a success when the Daily Mail paid a handsome price of the serialisation rights. What he did not foresee was that Mail scribes would comb the book for everything bad they could find about Clegg or his party, leaving out the rest. He was shocked. He feared that his relationship with the party would be ruptured.
Bridges have since been mended. Gerard is now a prospective Lib Dem parliamentary candidate, and he went on the World at One today to belittle the Lord Rennard affair as a big fuss about very little. “It was only touching a woman’s knee, it’s hardly Jimmy Savile,” he complained.
That echoed similar remarks by the Lib Dem peer, Tony Greaves. “It is hardly an offence for one adult person to make fairly mild sexual advances to another,” he said.
No wonder that the women involved felt they would never get the Lib Dem establishment to take their complaints seriously.
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