We need answers
Events happen so frequently these days many of them could be the subject of an article all on their own.
Unionist attempts to get the May election postponed, the Covid Crisis, the latest revelations in the Holyrood Inquiry into the plot against Alex Salmond or first sight of Alex Salmond’s legal submission to the second inquiry into whether the First Minister broke the Ministerial Code are all worthy issues. So choices have to be made.
I also think there is a serious need for a grouping in the SNP to have a realistic look at themselves. That is the group I often describe as the MY Party, Right or Wrong Brigade ( MPROW) who spend their lives verbally attacking anyone who suggests the SNP are less than perfect. To be part of this Group these days involves abandoning any sense of justice or honesty, the ability to change your narrative in mid sentence and be willing to keep you head in the sand, in a loyal manner, a lot of the time. A complete absence of any sense that you are condoning and supporting the same corrupt and destructive positions so common at Westminster and permitting them to become established policy at Holyrood is lost on them. So they are my choice for my article today.
Take what has happened since Alex Salmond’s submission to the James Hamilton Inquiry was published on the public record. Let’s deal with some of the barbs thrown at Alex by the MPROW brigade.
Alex has betrayed the Party by attacking Nicola
Alex had been ordered by the Inquiry to lay out his submission of events. He had no choice in the matter. He did not set up the Inquiry. He had no say in its timing. He was the victim not the author of the plot.
But the timing is awful
Alex Salmond had no say in the timing that was in Holyrood and the Scottish Government’s hands. It has not been helped by the SG’s rearguard actions trying to slowdown and obstruct the release of documentation. Many believed this whole issue should have been dealt with immediately after the jury threw out the malicious allegations involved in the evil plot. The matter would have been finished by now, Nicola’s and Peter’s involvement might never have been exposed. There would have no need for Nicola to become embroiled in the cover up, or the many months of questioning. The MPROW brigade might like to reflect on the fact it was them who were desperate to stop this happening at the time, despite warnings that they were falling into the timing trap of the SNP’s opponents that has now become apparent. I have lost count of the warning articles I wrote at the time about delaying dealing with exposing those responsible quickly and long before any election.
It’s fake news, unionist papers are making it all up, it’s a distraction
There was a plot, a very evil plot. It came from a combination of senior civil servants and senior members of the SNP. They got caught because they plotted against the wrong man. They perhaps never expected that so many people would rally round, dig into their pockets to crowdfund his defence, be prepared to publicly defend him, taking to Facebook and Twitter, facing heaps of abuse and denigration for doing so but little by little getting the message out there that there was more going on with this prosecution than met the eye. The jury verdict was a turning point more eyes were opened. The hardest period was behind us and confidence that the plot had existed soared and more and more people demanded justice. The division with the MPROW brigade widened. This is no distraction this is a demand for justice and an insistence that the corrupt and evil practices of Westminster win no foothold in Holyrood. Before or after Independence!
Important rules that MPROW insist on
The charges were valid. All fourteen of them, some absolutely so trivial and contrived it beggared belief. Some that were proven never to have happened in the course of the trial. Some that were proven to have been impossible to have occurred. They insist the jury got in wrong when every single allegation was either withdrawn or failed to achieve a guilty verdict. Fourteen times that happened. Yet the MPROW insist no plotting was involved. The alphabet women are the innocent victims and entirely justified in continuing to attack Alex Salmond in press releases and repeating their smears even after he had been cleared of all charges. Using a Government funded agency to promote these anonymous press releases suggests they are not the sharpest tools in the box.
How the MPROW story has changed in recent times.
Only a few weeks ago they were still in complete denial any plot had existed. As the evidence mounted and their argument became completely unsustainable it has morphed into an acceptance that a plot “may” have happened but it is far too late to do anything about it now. Alex Salmond is a traitor for demanding justice. This of course conveniently forgets everything they have been saying for a long time and their complete opposition to dealing with this earlier at the end of the criminal trial.
So in the interests of fairness here are some questions I would like answers to
Who maliciously leaked the story about the charges to the Daily Record and how do they explain Mr Salmond’s allegation and evidence that it came from the First Minister’s office where both the FM and her Special Advisors had access to the document that was subsequently leaked?
Why despite being told in the October that the Government case to the Judicial Review had no prospect of success and that they should withdraw did they persist with the case only withdrawing the following January after both sets of their legal advisors relayed that they could no longer be involved and would resign if the SG continued to insist in continuing this grossly flawed and hugely biased case? That cost the taxpayer £500,000 to cover Alex’s costs and a undisclosed amount of at least the same again for their own costs. That was the cost of a determination to embarrass Alex publicly for months even though they knew the case was doomed to failure all along.
Did Leslie Evans famous text “we have lost the battle but we will win the war” indicate that she had knowledge and was already involved with the alphabet women and was engaged in creating the plot alongside them out of spite following her own attempts to get Alex Salmond having failed?
Why have the Scottish Government been so desperate to curtail the terms of reference for both inquiries? If there was no plot inside Government then surely the most thorough and wide inquiry would only reinforce that. Instead the SG have been intent in putting a straight jacket round the areas of investigation and blocking who can be called as witnesses while also blocking the free release of very relevant documentation. This is not the actions of those with nothing to hide!
How do they explain Peter Murrell knowing about allegations made against Alex Salmond in London to the Met long before this was made public knowledge unless he was in touch with those who made the allegations.?
Is it acceptable that the Crown Office have renewed threats if Alex Salmond reveals the truth about what happened? Is this the “Justice” system Scotland deserves?
I have another new question as well. Why did Angus Robertson not reveal much earlier that the “incident involving a woman at Edinburgh Airport” which various newspapers frequently alluded to alongside the charges Alex faced, referred to a verbal quip he made jokingly after a woman had problems getting through security because of the heels on her shoes? It seems strange to me that when Angus knew this incident was so trivial yet was being used extensively by the unionist media in a vague manner to suggest Alex had “form”, other than the charges he faced. Why didn’t he make public exactly what had happened and just how trivial and irrelevant it was? What possible reason could he have had for not killing that slur stone dead? He was advised by Sky News exactly what had happened. What was his motivation to keep quiet for years and let the slur be repeated time after time?
My final comment on this is my observation that the First Minister’s response to Alex Salmond was not to even attempt to refute any of his submission but to try and continue to smear the man whose trial is over. I suspect Ms Sturgeon’s trial is just beginning. Things are going to get specific very soon.
That will do for now. Now I will explain what will happen next. The MPROW brigade will now recommence calling me names, throwing smears and insults, but completely ignoring any answers to any points I have made or answering any of the questions I have posed for them.
This is of necessity, they have no ammunition to fire back, they cannot create a credible alternative narrative to the events that are known to have occurred. Their “leaders” keep their heads down and leave it to the careerist recruits to respond. They are trying to build their careers, build a reputation as belonging to the ultra loyal brigade. Blind to events and with no knowledge of what went before, they are the expendable army who will be despondent and exposed when the truth comes out. The “leaders” at that point will claim they had no involvement and will hope to continue as before. It is so “Labour”.
I have seen it all before. Just not in the SNP.
I am, as always
Yours for Scotland
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