It’s dirty politics – and using the phrase to land blows on a political opponent will end up hurting women

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The idea that women should be believed simply because of their gender is a misguided notion that goes against the fundamental rules of justice. Full and impartial consideration of the evidence is the only way to reach an honest verdict. Under these conditions Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epsteain were both shown to be serial sexual abusers who operated with impunity for decades with the aid of many wealthy high profile figures who put their own self-interest first. Christine Blasey Ford and Elizabeth Warren made allegations that are simply not supported by any available evidence and actually appear to be preposterous.


The presumption of innocence is a cornerstone of western judicial practice and it has always placed the burden of proof on the accuser and granted the benefit of the doubt to the accused, regardless of their respective genders.

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