|Martin Smith AKA Comrade Delta - cleared of rape allegations|
The SWP is likened to a "socialist sharia court" - this is delicious! Schadenfreude, anyone?
The allegations came from an unnamed female party member who claimed she was assaulted over a six-month period between 2008 and 2009 but did not want to go to the police.
To be fair to the SWP, what can you do if the woman claimed to have been raped for 6 months but refuses to go to the police? Convict anyway?
Now that would be really crazy.
Sounds like she put up with the sexual attentions of Comrade Delta for 6 months then decided it wasn't worth it. This is what feminists these days call Rape in Retrospect, which goes along the lines of "If I knew he was going to be such a loser and a bastard, I never would have let him fuck me."
Should we allow men to divorce their wives when they lose their youth and figure and start to nag? After all, he could easily say "I never knew being married to to you could be so shit, or I never would have married you. Let's call the whole thing off and pretend we never had the kids or ever met each other. I'll just leave you with the house and the bills, yeah?"
Is this the way things are heading in Paedo Bastard Britain Slutland?
It seems to me that the SWP came to a fair and sensible decision. It would be crazy to convict anyone of a criminal charge without a criminal standard of proof - beyond all reasonable doubt in a trial by jury.
I must say I am rather conflicted. On the one hand I believe the SWP were sensible in exonerating Comrade Delta, but on the other, it seems that the manner in which they reached their decision was unfair or oppressive, according to Tom Walker.
I think all parties are guilty of this high-handed treatment of members by the leader and his cronies, and something should be done.
Your resignation from the SWP
Some years ago I bumped into some of your colleagues at an event to do with T3 and remembered them even then complaining about the lack of democracy in the SWP.
I have for many years been saying that the problem with this country is that the rights of those who participate in politics in their respective parties are not at all protected.
I hope this link will explain what I mean and what I propose to do about it.
While our politics are not in harmony, I trust we can work together in making the point about how crucial it is for enlightened government that free speech - especially the free speech of those who participate in politics - is protected.
PS I have been mentioned by The Guardian by Hugh Muir twice last week.
It is possible that he may wish to give this project further publicity if we can work together on this.
Some of you will be interested to know that the Conservative Party appear to be refusing to give me a reason why they have cancelled my membership. The exchanges can be seen at http://thevoiceofreason-ann.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/my-open-letter-to-conservative-party.html
Even the BNP gave me a reason when they expelled me!