This has become the most defensive, and most meaningless phrase in the English language recently. Corbyn’s response to vicious antisemitism in the Labour party – “racism will not be tolerated in any form”. Lord Chancellor Truss on prison violence – will not be tolerated. Likewise Councils on fly tipping; domestic abuse – dishonesty in divorce cases – exam cheating – plagiarism by students – post referendum racist abuse – long waits in A&E – drug dealing – resale of Adele concert tickets – dog fouling on public footpaths – the list is endless. What these protestations have in common is that they are unlikely to be followed by action. The Guardian reported today that sexual harassment in universities had reached “epidemic levels”. But measures were put in place by univerities to tackle this decades ago. Staff were warned that their careers would be ended or blighted in case of offence. Universities may be among the worst offenders in this rash of protestations of innocence – we are still waiting for Oxford University to announce action taken against the perpetrators of nasty antisemitic incidents connected with the student Labour Club more than a year ago, or at least an investigation. Perhaps the modern practice of public relations is at fault. Make an announcement, hit the headlines, and then sit back.