it can only be a matter of time if you were listening to the diatribe against Scotland’s most popular blog delivered to the most recent meeting of the NEC. So the Party Leader’s zoom address was preceded with dire warnings of unpleasant measures that would be taken in the event of anybody daring to leak anything from the meeting and in the short question session that followed her aggressive and intimidating manner was evident to all. Share a post from the dastardly Wings site and measures would be taken to discipline you. Your days would be numbered as she winked at a burly security guard who was twirling his baton behind her. This lady was not for turning…now where have I heard that before? OK there was no burly security guard but the rest is true.
This has resulted in members being thrown back to their childhood and reading books by torchlight under the covers. Being a bit older now they can get their partner to act as lookout as added security against an unexpected midnight raid by the thought police.One way or another they will bravely make contact with the blogosphere.
How has it come to this? Well it’s what happens when you get too clever by half, power goes to your head and your supporters are completely out of control, have their phasers set to malky, and have become a indisciplined group of shady self ID assassins skilled in the art of contrived accusations and smear who have exercised mind control over the Crown Office and embroiled them in their plot. Who are the ringleaders? Lesley Evans is certainly the front runner, she is most likely the front to the whole operation but I think it is certain there was also a Mrs Big looking on furtively from behind the curtain, I have watched the First Minister this last week stage opportunity after opportunity to smear Alex Salmond, including even interrupting politically neutral COVID briefings. An innocent man I would remind you, cleared of all charges by a jury mainly comprised of women who did not believe the “evidence” that was presented by those making the allegations.
For long enough I tried to keep the thought of Nicola’s involvement in the plot out my mind. But bit my bit that hope faded, initially when I learned the identity of those making the accusations. I knew some of them, not well but I knew they were supporters of the First Minister. I also knew several could be classed as friends of each other. That significantly increased the possibility of a conspiracy as it is a lot easier to organise and plot if a number of those involved are already well known to each other.
It has been a long and winding path to get to this stage in the story and we should remember this is only Part One of the debacle. This is only an Inquiry investigating the failure of Nicola’s Scottish Government in defending a judicial action for many months after their external legal advisors warned them they were likely to lose. A mistake which cost them in excess of £500,000 to cover Alex Salmond’s legal costs plus a figure, not dissimilar for their own costs. Of course it was not those responsible who had to pay the costs, but us the taxpayer.
It was again the same for the ill fated Criminal trial where those making the failed and discredited allegations got all their costs paid for by the state while the innocent “accused” had to pay all his own costs and suffer long months of his reputation being shredded because of malicious leaking as he did not qualify for the anonymity afforded to his accusers. It is a measure of the madness of today that the failed accusers are described by the Chair of the Inquiry as the “poor women” while the party found completely innocent is subject to continued cowardly smearing from those happy to throw more mud from behind their privileged anonymous identities all designed to suggest the “jury got it wrong”. They didn’t, perhaps the most telling proof of this was there was never any suggestion of any appeal. The reason? The flimsy and contrived allegations were destroyed in court by a series of female defence witnesses who destroyed the credibility of the allegations and did so bravely without any recourse to anonymity. There is no need for that when you are telling the truth.
That Scotland’s First Minister so easily joins in the continued smearing is a regular act that discredits our entire justice system is also very sad. It should not be happening and perhaps reveals a malicious streak in her that she keeps under wraps most of the time. She does not handle defeat well. It is this that convinces me she was personally involved in the plot. If she was a innocent bystander she would have no need to be so bitter about it. It is a dead giveaway.
So where does it go now? As I write this Parliament is using its powers to force the Crown Office to release the messages and other evidence that Alex Salmond states proves a conspiracy. That should be that then? Well it should but will it? It has been a constant story of block, refuse, redact so far. I believe that will be over when I see the evidence in Alex’s hands and in the public domain. I still do not believe that will happen. I fully expect another last minute obstruction to arise. Nothing about the Scottish Government’s defence to the charge has been as it seems so far. I will be very surprised if this isn’t another ruse, with another legal ruling ruling out the evidence at the last minute.
Anyway let’s hope Alex Salmond attends the Inquiry and is given a fair hearing. That is all he needs. He has maintained a dignified silence throughout, even in the face of the First Minister’s provocative and repetitive smearing. He will hopefully now be able, for the first time, to set out his evidence. Don’t miss it. Let truth and justice prevail!
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