Nick Clegg was last night warned by allies of Lord Rennard he faces a legal ‘bloodbath’ that will rip his party apart.Ah the joys of expediency over common decency. You'd have thought that given the seriousness of the charges against Rennard that at least he'd be suspended pending an enquiry, though this is politics we're talking about here and usually not even an arrest is enough to stir the power brokers. Nor despite the claims that it was just a bit of leg touching does it seem to be so trivial, but until all the facts come out we don't know, but I rather suspect that the guy is a bit of a serial groper and has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar despite his high standing in the Lib Dem hierarchy and this has come back to haunt them big time due to their rank hypocrisy when it comes to politics, they are not the genial lentil eating sandal wearers of media myth, they are as cynical and duplicitous at grass roots level as they come, changing official policy on the hoof from door to door depending on the views of those they speak too.
The peer has instructed a senior QC and plans to seek an injunction unless Mr Clegg halts an inquiry into the charge that he has brought the Lib Dems into disrepute by refusing to apologise over sex pest claims.
Lord Steel last night raised the stakes by saying the threat of expulsion should be withdrawn from Lord Rennard.
With a bit of luck this scandal will be the final nail in their collective coffin, although their propensity to survive has taken them past the scandals of Thorpe, Oaten, Pantsdown, Huhne, Smith and into power with the Coagulation.
Still, we can hope...