I’ve just three things to say about Assange and Galloway…

by Stephen Tall on August 21, 2012

1. I’m very glad Craig Murray is no longer a member of the Liberal Democrats
The former British ambassador to Uzbekistan has done many admirable things in his professional life, but his nasty attempt to smear an alleged rape victim of Julian Assange on BBC Newsnight yesterday was shameful.

2. I’m very glad David Allen Green is a member of the Lib Dems — and more importantly, a liberal
While he can be a cussedly rude individual, the journalist-lawyer’s impeccably staunch defence of due process — a principle Assange’s supporters appear happy to flush down the nearest Ecaudorian loo — in this article for the New Statesman blog has helped demolish some of the wilder claims that folk like Craig Murray peddle.

3. And though Salma Yaqoob isn’t a Lib Dem or a liberal… ’nuff respect for condemning George Galloway
Here’s the Respect leader talking about her party’s MP for Bradford West:

“Let me be clear, as a politician and as a woman. Rape occurs when a woman has not consented to sex. George Galloway’s comments on what constitutes rape are deeply disappointing and wrong. “There are many political issues entwined in the case of Julian Assange. These issues cannot be used to diminish in any way the seriousness of any allegations against him.

“Any individual accused of a crime, sexual or otherwise, is innocent until proven guilty. By the same token, any individual who believes themselves to be a victim has a right to have their grievances heard in a fair manner and not have their allegations belittled or dismissed.

“This is the cornerstone of justice.”