This Lib Dem stuff all does have a ring to it, doesn’t it?
More allegations of inappropriate conduct were levelled at Lord Rennard, the former party chief executive, including claims that female candidates who wanted access to funding had to put up with harassment.
One woman claimed that she was molested at a party for Nick Clegg’s victory as Lib Dem leader, and there were also claims that MPs knew that women were the targets of harassment.
A former party worker claimed that it was “common knowledge” that Lord Rennard had tried to talk a young activist into bed, which was known in Lib Dem circles as the “Peterborough incident”.
“If you’d just like to take your knickers off and sit over on that couch there then we’ll get on with the casting session dear” doesn’t immediately strike me as being all that different from “so you’d like to be a candiadate, would you?”.
One wonders rather what the going tariff was. In the movies it has been said that a well timed blow job could upgrade an extra into a speaking role. Would this be true of, say, moving from the Parish Council elections to the County ones?
One other parallel suggests itself as well: the apocryphal actress who exclaimed “Who do I have to fuck to get off this movie?”. As both Mark Oaten and Jeremy Thorpe showed, it’s not that simple in the Lib Dems. You’ve got to be found out too.
And of course, there’s a decent dose of paranoia about it all:
In the febrile atmosphere there were even rumours that the emergence of a number of women alleging misconduct was due to a dirty-tricks campaign launched by Mr Huhne or his friends to disrupt the Lib Dem campaign in Eastleigh.
Purely a personal opinion of course but I wouldn’t pout it past him.