The story in The Daily Mail that Ms Harman and her MP husband Jack Dromey while officials at the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) in the 1970s. may have approved the body granting 'affiliate' status to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), who were to have lobbing for loosening of laws aimed at protecting underage children is not new and been brought up a number of times
Former health secretary Patricia Hewitt, who was also involved in the NCCL, has also faced similar accusations,
There are questions all thre and anyone involved in lettinf such a corganisation succh as PIE affiliate to Liberty need to ask .
But it was a long time ago and it has more than a whiff of an attempt to smear Harman in particular with somethinf that happened 40 years ago.
BUt in In all this no one seems to have queried how Harman and Hewitt can explain their support for Liberty and then be members of the Blair Government which did so much to threaten our Liberties and Dromey also was a Trade Union Official who in his attempt to get a safe Labour seat adopted a Blarite position.
Patricia Hewitt did however, notably once broke ranks whilst live on the BBC's Question Time, expressing her concern about government plans to introduce ID cards but for the most part a loyal Blarite.
Its not surprising really. For many a Labour Politician their Parliamentary career starts with Student Politics then working for a cause or charity which they then abandon often after taking the oath of allegiance..
Remember the Labour member when in opposition instructing people at a CND rally that it will be Labour that removes nuclear weapons from these islands and who then remained silent when in power and quietly removed their CND badge and then when on to back Blair's Illegal war.
I will give these three the benefit of the doubt over allowing a Paedophile lobby group affiliating to Liberty.
But perhaps they can answer this question.
Was their support for Liberty a genuine belief in Civil liberties for Harman,Dromey and Hewitt or was it simply a means of climbing the greasy pole of a parliamentary career?