That is the controversial viewpoint espoused by Charles Moore in this interesting piece. As he writes: "Imagine how the Liberal Democrats would protest if, say, a black man were acquitted of a crime and yet still constantly accused in public of having committed it. Remember how censorious they always are if any judicial proceeding is conducted in private on grounds of national security. Yet when the case affects their party, they guard their privacy so jealously that they do not let even the accused in on it."
As Alison Smith, one of Lord Rennard’s alleged victims, put it, the result is “a bit of a fudge that doesn’t seem to please anyone”. If you'll excuse the cheap gibe, that is the Liberal Democrats in a nutshell.