The internet's long memory hasn't helped O'Mara. But these weren't distant teenage blunders—and their import isn't limited to the digital sphereby Stephanie Boland / October 25, 2017 / Leave a comment
As the Jared O’Mara saga enters its third day, led by further stories on political gossip blog Guido Fawkes, there’s one question on everyone’s lips (well, at least one question): how did it get to this point?
The truth is, political vetting is often quite successful: it is relatively usual to Google candidates and sift through their Tweets, although parties have certainly slacked in the past. Yet the resources required for proper vetting on a short turnaround are enormous. As one Canadian Liberal strategist explained after a political expose there in 2015, the issue is that parties often lack the man power to properly vet: “They expect people to voluntarily disclose problems.”
This was almost certainly the case in June. New candidates were selected not on a local level, but via Labour’s National Executive Committee and its regional boards. Some have pointed out that local activists had concerns that weren’t heard; certainly, there are women on Twitter to whom the latest allegations seem to come as no shock.