Friday, October 28, 2011
George Laird gets taken to task by reader over justice stance, a person is innocent until proven guilty, even a Labour politician such as Ian Davidson
Dear Edna Caine
This is a human rights blog.
In the case of Ms. Whiteford and Mr. Davidson there is a principle which I uphold which is innocent until proven guilty.
That judgment must be made by an independent third party such as the Westminster authorities, if Ms. Whiteford is taking this further, or to another third party charged with dispensing justice, that would also be appropriate.
“I still think your article is unsupportive of Ms. Whiteford”.
If her allegation is true then she would have my support 100%.
However, given I have different versions either of which I cannot verify; it would go against what I believe in by rushing to judgment on such a serious issue.
She is in the same party as me but I will not disregard law and due process, it may be politically expedient if I wish to ingratiate myself with party bosses because I have put myself forward as a potential candidate for Glasgow City Council election, and jump on the bandwagon.
However, I am sure that Ms. Whiteford would have absolutely no respect for me if I declared Ian Davidson guilty without due process having taken place, just because I want to be a SNP Council Candidate.
Without due process society disintegrates to the will of mob, the very thing that I hope Ms. Whiteford fights against, at least I hope she does.
Imagine this as a scenario, you are taken to court, I am on the jury, would you expect me to find you guilty on the basis an allegation was made?
Or would you expect me to give you a fair trial?
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University