Three priests and one ex-priest have issued accusations of inappropriate behaviour towards them by Cardinal O'Brien. The alleged behaviour was some 20 years ago and it is admitted that the allegations are made public now with the specific aim of trying to prevent Cardinal O'Brien from going Rome to join the Conclave to elect a new Pope.
There is no stated motive from the women who last week made public their claims of inappropriate behaviour towards them by the Liberal Democrat peer, Lord Rennard, but it does seem odd that accusations about events which allegedly took place sometime between 2003 and 2008 should surface the week before the Eastleigh by-election.
If this is a plot to undermine the Liberal Democrat effort then the plotters must be very pleased with their results. The Mail in Sunday had a full front-page splash on the topic yesterday (plus possibly something inside: I didn't buy one to look) and Nick Clegg's claim that he played no part in a cover-up was the lead item on the Radio 4 news this morning.
Obviously I have no knowledge of the veracity of any of these claims but it does seem to me to weaken the the position of the accusers if the accusations are not made within a reasonable time of the alleged offences.