Tom Walker and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty

An ex-SWP member, Tom Walker, encourages others to quit the party. His justification is based on a sex crime allegation. Of this allegation he says the following: “Before I go any further, I want to say that I will not be discussing any details of the case itself whatsoever, either here or privately. Indeed, I do not know them.”

Tom Walker now dedicates himself to turning our entire class against a significant activist group within the labour movement while accepting he doesn’t know whether someone is guilty or innocent, appearing not to care. His ignorance certainly doesn’t stop him from smearing the accused as guilty, dismissing the SWP as an organisation as every bit as guilty for not echoing his prejudices, prejudiced based entirely on ignorance.

For all I know, the accused could be guilty. I can’t give him a clean bill of health since I am every bit as ignorant of the facts as Tom Walker is. But, in complete contrast to Tom Walker, I believe in due process.

Far too many of those exploiting this allegation are being used by the enemies of our class. Only the willfully blind are oblivious to this fact. Many of these people have form. I can’t be the only one who smells a rat. More than one.

If a crime took place, then I want the victim to go to the police, to win justice for herself and for everyone else. That would be the right thing to do. In the absence of her doing that, I believe the accused remains innocent and I will act accordingly. Every socialist worthy of the name will do that.

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