Originally published in the Scotsman

The Scotsman

I don’t know about Denmark, but something has been rotting in the State of Scotland, a concern  not dispelled by the Crown Office seeming to capitulate to the parliamentary committee of inquiry’s demand for evidential material.  That it should ask the committee not to make the evidence public, as though the public was not entitled to know, makes one wonder if it has learnt anything. 

That “ask” reveals that   those in charge of that Office have not abandoned their role as the Pretorian Guard of the Scottish Government/SNP officialdom, a role exercised against the public interest in seeking to frustrate a legitimate parliamentary inquiry in doing its duty to lay bare the truth of a disgraceful episode. There are two questions to be answered:   do they now admit  error in threatening Alex Salmond with prosecution if he dared reveal the evidence, and is all the material being delivered?  The committee should not take its word for the latter.   

I hope the Lord Advocate and his senior officials will now reflect upon their recent conduct, and will now desist in the vengeful prosecution of supporters of Alex Salmond, having failed to nail him on thirteen charges. Mark Hirst, a journalist, faced eight months of anxiety before coming to trial, only to see the Judge decide swiftly that he had “no case to answer.” Craig Murray is now involved in a trial. Is there now a habit of malicious prosecution embedded in our criminal justice system?

There is much for we citizens to be concerned about: a civil service politicised and compromised after ingesting doses of amnesia and obfuscation; a First Minister who declared the inquiry would be given whatever it asked for, but who quickly shunted that responsibility to the Lord Advocate, who seemed anxious to shield her when the opposite applied. 

We have seen the chief executive of the governing party, spouse of the First Minister, as is now public knowledge, seeking to have Alex Salmond prosecuted in England, not in pursuit of justice, but as a tactic to weaken his position in the Scottish system by making him “fight on two fronts.”  In sixty years in public life, I cannot recall any such egregious action by any party official anywhere in the UK.  

In his winding up speech on behalf of Salmond, Gordon Jackson QC, hobbled by a pre-trial order prohibiting use of evidence now to be revealed (?)  could only hint  to the jury, when he said something “stinks.”  The joint actions of the Scottish Government and the Crown Office have gone beyond “stinks.”  The stench of political corruption now hangs over this nation. To make the air clean again, beyond the parliamentary one, whose forensic limitations were exposed by Alastair Bonnington and Brian Wilson, we need a  judicial inquiry equipped with all the powers to command evidence from all sources.

Yours etc.

Jim Sillars

This letter was published BEFORE it became known the the Inquiry had refused to admit any written evidence from Alex at all. I can just imagine the content of Jim’s next letter. Jim and Alex had an up and down relationship over the years but Jim is completely appalled at the actions of the SNP and Scottish Government in this matter, dragging the reputation of the SNP and the Scottish Government into the gutter and betraying the legacy of honesty, fairness and justice that was the life’s work of so many past heroes of the Independence Movement. It is a huge and unforgivable betrayal.

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  1. YES Jim, I Smell the Appalling Stink of the British Secret Services, working on Behalf of 10 Downing St; (Who know that an Independent Scotland Will fare much better than Now, and that England Will Lose a Helluva Lot) All Over this!
    Unfortunately I Don’t have the Intel that MI5 have, for as a 69 year old with Double Cancer I Would tell the World!

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  2. Thanks for that contribution, Jim. I saw you speak in the Methodist Central Hall, Paisley, in 2015 and, expecting Mhairi Black to ‘naturally’, be the main attraction, I was delighted to discover otherwise.

    It’s both encouraging but despairing to see a growing list of prominent people airing their views and condemning what’s taking place – all laying-out the facts as clearly and distinguishably as the previous prominent person – that we are corrupt. I say ‘we’, as every single man, woman and child of us, by the continuing suppression of crimes, is associated, in Scotland, to them.
    Every time a prominent voice speaks out, and every time there is a subsequent and arrogant ignoring of that voice, the greater and the deepening the corruption.
    The co-orchestrated corruption is not only of the SNP hierarchy, and the COPFS, but also of the news media, their silence permitting the defiling of our country, our aspiration and certainly any perceived or actual innocence, rendering that news media compliant and party to the national scandal. It’s sickening, that it’s all being gathered-up to be presented, sensationally, to the watching world at a later date.

    Furthermore, where are our SNP MPs and MSPs? where is the coordinated disgust of what’s taking place? Where is the sensible and just plan to topple the shameful and belligerent criminals, the move to utterly disassociate from the obvious criminality? I swear, every one of them – bar the obvious few good men and women – are craven, tainted cowards. I cannot offer any lower a respect as I have now for them – and that profound disrespect very much includes the aforementioned Mhairi Black, Gavin Newlands and George Adam. I sincerely hope all of those people read this blog, for not only will I never cast any vote in their direction, but I’ll work to inform friends and neighbours – as I’m already undertaking – to divert any votes from them. Mhairi, Gavin, George, you are all a disgrace to your constituents, your friends and family and to your country – I will tell this to your faces should I pass you in the street.

    We’re in some trouble, yes, but the very instant the weighty but sagging bag of crime bursts then at that moment we’re clean again and we start to heal.
    Steep learning curve, ugly conclusion, perfect outcome, infinitely more vigilance, we start to campaign again. Scotland is a country of independent people being momentarily held-back by the SNP. We’ll win.

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  3. Jim could come out of retirement & stand as Margo did as an INDEPENDENT say against Angus Robertson. A true INDY winning is better than an SNP wheesht for Indy winning..

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    1. Kenny I too am in Gavin Newland and George Adams seat and I agree with everything you posted , a wee link to Gavins contempt for his constituents read the comments below

      Yes Gavin thinks he’s comfy for a couple of years so feck indy but George must be feart it all blows away, I emailed them on many occasions re GRA and HCB but tumbleweed response

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      1. The bloggers are under attack as they have no answers to our highlighting what has and is going on. They seek to block and censor. Maybe one day they will ask why this is necessary in a democratic society?

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  4. I haven’t always agreed with Jim Sillars but he knocks it out of the park with this one.

    It had been a strange week for me: I’ve found myself siding with the likes of Jacob Rees-Mogg, Johanne Lamont & Jim Sillars (strange bed-fellows, all) more than I have with members of the SNP I’ve looked up to for years…

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  5. The most senior judges in Scotland, the Court of Session agree. In their submission to the Calman Commission 2008/09 they said that the Scottish Government minister the Lord Advocate should not also be the head of the prosecution system (see Calman Report). Calman said it was not his job to deal with this when his brief said that it was. The judges continued contrary to the law and the constitution. Our approach to justice was in effect made unlawful across Europe in 1953 with the binding European Convention on Human Rights, ECHR. This is unaffected by Brexit. The devolution act, the Scotland Act 1998 ,made its one compulsory, legal requirement and that the Parliament including its ministers comply with ECHR..

    Unlike the rest of the UK, and most of the world, here it is the government that controls the justice system. It is run by two government ministers, (Lord Advocate and Solicitor General) a ministerial-led government department- the Crown Office, staffed by government officers. The government unlawfully directs police investigations. The government controls both the judicial processes and the content, (evidence). Rather than the legally-required independent judiciary ours is fundamentally and extensively dependent on the government of the day, whoever that is.

    This is not a lawful justice system. The patient safety group ASAP-NHS has had to refer the matter to the UK Supreme Court as there is no independent judiciary here to deal with it. Our justice system was created by the Scottish law officers who drafted the Scotland Act 1998 that was fundamentally unlawful and unconstitutional.. With the political imperative to secure devolution, the Bill was rushed through Westminster without the proportionate scrutiny required when creating a parliament.

    The Alex Salmond case is the most visible demonstration of what is a justice system in the process of collapsing. There are a number of current issues to show that this now happening. The justice system could vanish at any time and in any number of ways. Today ASAP-NHS provided a report on this to both Holyrood and Westminster.

    Solutions are available going forwards but not so for the legacy of twenty-one years of an unlawful justice system.

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    1. Now that I understand how separate parliament and government are – I realise I always thought the police were under control of parliament, like it is in England – or assumed, rather, that parliament and government were near enough the same. The things now being exposed are horrific.

      You say solutions are available – are any solutions being proposed on a public forum do you know? I know you are unlikely to look back at this comment now – but just in case!

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      1. This really is no fun, Iain. I find the implications of the above deeply troubling – more so than anything else so far, but I’m not sure why. That NS’s corruption has speeded up an inevitable process – one that could have been resolved by independence, but may mark the end of devolution while still in the union? I’m probably being melodramatic, and I need to think on it.


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