A REALLY UGLY LOOK
God help you if you are a man in Nicola’s man hating Scotland. Worse, you are doomed to ridicule and dismissal if you happen to be anything other than a spotty faced youth in her eyes. A day over 40 years of age and you are classified as belonging to the “old boys club” and anything you say or do can be easily dismissed as more ranting from the “old boys network”. Having greatly angered women with GRA and the HCB it is now the turn of men. Who needs their votes eh?
Folk wonder why the SNP is being split asunder by gender wars. Look no further, the leader herself is a man hater, she cannot disguise the bitterness and contempt in her voice whenever her deviousness and selective memory comes under attack.
She is an expert in diversion. She made much of the fact that the missing documents that David Davis highlighted in the House of Commons had in fact been handed over, or so she told Holyrood at FMQ’s.
If only, but they hadn’t been, she intentionally misled Holyrood, they had not been handed over as she alleged. It is a quite lengthy explanation about what actually happened BUT I posted a statement earlier from David Davis MP which dealt with the main points. It was a deliberate and intentional play designed to mislead Parliament. In itself, given the seriousness of the issue it should result in her immediate resignation now that the truth has been fully exposed.
This is further proof, if it was needed that the Scottish Government knew what they were doing was wrong, very wrong. That they recognised this and sought to conceal this from their own legal counsel repeatedly, and only reluctantly handed the papers over when warned, in the sternest terms by their own QC’s that they risked contempt charges or worst. It makes a nonsense of their claims that their actions were not malicious. No wonder Lord Pentland made the judgement he did. By once again misleading Parliament at FMQ’s the importance of this and damage done is now probably more important now than what the documents contained.
As I write this I am just hearing that the Committee has voted and ruled Nicola’s accounts of the meeting in her house with Alex Salmond misled the committee and was not accurate. This again is another potential breach of the ministerial code. What action will follow the latest fresh effort at misleading Parliament has still to be determined. She is on a slippery slope and there is much more to worry about.
One document that is a problem and is of interest was dated the 6th February 2018 and was between two senior Civil Servants who complained about serious interference from the First Minister’s Chief of Staff Liz Lloyd in the process of compiling the legislation to take action against Alex Salmond. Why is this important? It is important because the statement Liz Lloyd provided to the Inquiry stated that she only became aware of the Alex Salmond case in the April, “coincidentally” on around the same dates the First Minister stated she was first made aware. Here is evidence about Liz Lloyd that suggests she knew months before.
If she was interfering in the process, to such a point where civil servants were describing the interference as very bad, it is inconceivable she would have felt empowered to do so without the First Minister’s knowledge, likewise it is completely implausible that if Liz Lloyd knew about it at the start of the February that she did not mention it to the First Minister until months later in the April.
Now we have already been presented with the frankly ludicrous testimony of her husband Peter Murrell, who just happens to be the Party Chief Executive and who has been shown, beyond doubt, to have given evidence, under oath which has been proved patently false. He denied there were any further text messages. There were in fact dozens more that revealed that he and his fellow plotters Sue Ruddick and Ian McCann were busily engaged in a coaching and pressuring campaign. All designed to create new allegations to go along with those already organised from some of the alphabet women, allegations that were disproved in court and which were dismissed by the jury, that comprised a majority of women, in front of a female judge.
It was also largely female defence witnesses, who without the protection of anonymity, demolished the accusations of the alphabet women, armed solely by the truth and to the complete satisfaction of the jury.. Nicola’s concern for women doesn’t extend to them, does it Nicola? Spoiled the plan did they? They are the women who deserve our concern, respect and thanks. They rarely get mentioned but they did not want or need anonymity to give their evidence. You can do that when you are telling the truth!
The fact is this was all being organised by Murrell and his team long after the police investigation had commenced, an investigation that involved 22 police making 700 face to face interviews with 400 people encompassing Alex Salmond’s entire life. It was completely improper, possibly criminal in itself, as it sought to coach and influence witnesses. Between interfering with potential witnesses and offering false testimony under oath it must surely be only a matter of days before the police take action, after all they were not slow to arrest Craig Murray or Mark Hirst not so long ago.
The fact that this huge police operation, carried out at considerable public expense failed to result in a single additional charge of any type is further evidence, particularly after considering what happened to the spurious charges that did make it to court, only to be completely rejected, to make all the smears against Alex Salmond’s character even more ridiculous. Since before the referendum in 2014 until now he is probably the most investigated person not just in Scotland but in the rest of the UK and yet he is in the two different court’s judgement a completely Innocent man. Nothing was found to stain his reputation yet the smearing from the Nikkla loyal continues. It is disgusting.
Of course “Honest Pete” insists he never ever discussed any of this with his wife or any other matter relating to the case against Alex Salmond. “What did you get up to today?” Was never a conversation ever mentioned in the Murrell/Sturgeon household! Believe that if you will!
The big cost of this vendetta against Alex Salmond is increasingly “ Nasty Nicola” becoming more visible. She can barely contain her venom when his name is mentioned. Whereas he studiously avoided making personal criticism of the First Minister, she in contrast spent the week in advance of her appearance in front of the committee smearing him at every turn, even interrupting a public Covid briefing to spend time having a personal nine minute rant against him. As her team swopped to smearing and decrying the committee after they voted she had misled them I was struck by how quickly Nicola had moved from “relishing” giving them her testimony to abusing them the minute they made a decision against her. How quickly and aggressively the mood changes?
In front of the Inquiry Alex Salmond answered every question comprehensively and had his required documents available, the First Minister in contrast had trouble recalling a host of matters, could not be sure what involvement she had in certain processes, had to promise to look into a lot of matters and see if she could find the required information. All this despite the SNP stooges on the committee playing defence for her, in sharp contrast to their aggressive questioning of Alex Salmond previously. When it ended Scotland was subjected to the orchestrated “I am with Nicola campaign” and later the fantastical membership surge propaganda campaign all designed to try and protect the now damaged goods that she now represents. As I said it has failed because more and more are realising her Government is failing the cause of Independence and she is increasingly seen as dishonest and corrupt, The more so as the supposed Inquiry refuses to get the additional evidence from Mr Salmond’s lawyers that he offered. What sort of honest Inquiry turns down the opportunity to look at evidence when it is offered? It is of course the “safe” option if you don’t examine the evidence, it can’t be included in the report. That has been the tactic from the beginning, block, redact, withhold is in full operation.
On Tuesday at 8am the Inquiry must publish its final report, gallons of whitewash are on order as the Scottish Government and Crown Office have successfully, through working in close collusion, managed to successfully block and redact most of the evidence, and sure of holding the majority on the committee are confident of nothing too damaging emerging. That of course might not be so certain now given that the Committee recently,for the first time, flexed its muscles. Blowing a million pounds of taxpayers money is small beer to the establishment if it lets them carry on as before. Hopefully the second Inquiry carried out by Sir James Hamilton QC will be of some value. To hope for a result from him is also very unlikely. Nicola got to appoint him. He reports to Nicola. How independent is he?
I fear all we will get from the Parliamentary Inquiry is conclusive proof that the current Scottish Parliament, as presently constituted is incapable of holding the Scottish Government and Crown Office to account when they are working unchecked and in collusion with each other to completely frustrate the process. I hope I am wrong about that and this latest indication that they believe Nicola misled them gives hope that they are finally going to act as they should.
All in all it is an ugly look for the First Minister, the Scottish Government, the Crown Office and the Scottish Parliament. I hope I am wrong about this but I believe the Inquiry, frustrated at every turn will produce a pretty meaningless whitewash. The money will have been wasted. Nobody will specifically be at fault, nobody will be sacked and the whole pathetic game will continue as before. Scotland will be the poorer for it, our politicians will have failed us….again. Or maybe even at this late stage some honour and justice can win through?
I hope for justice, if not then I will continue to look for other options. I will not give up. Intentional and deliberate evil must never prevail.I console myself it rarely does long term. Given her latest outrage it may yet come sooner than anyone expected. I conclude with Nicola’s own words when she introduced the Ministerial Code “I will lead by example in following the letter and spirit of this Code, and I expect the Ministers and civil servants will likewise.” Some example!
I am, as always
Yours for Scotland
BEAT THE CENSORS (frustrate the Thought Police)
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