A guest article from Peter Young, who runs IndyScot News from his home in Denmark. I plan to leave it up as the main post for the entire weekend. Please read and share, it deserves a wide audience.

Patriots and Traitors

“Someone lays flowers there every year,” my friend John said. “It’s just around the corner from where we live.”

He was talking about the William Wallace Memorial at West Smithfield in central London. Isn’t it remarkable that the mention of the name ‘William Wallace’ still evokes a response among our southern neighbours?

A similar floral tribute appears in Soeholm, which lies half way from here on the cycle path to the coastal town of Humlebaek. Each year, on the 23rd of April, a small bouquet of flowers appears next to a granite memorial stone. The stone lies discreetly by the roadside in the village, and is easily overlooked. Several years ago curiosity got the better of me. So I parked my bike and took a closer look. Checking the stone, it revealed an inscription about a 20-year-old man. It read:

‘Here fell Gerhard Johansen, 23 April 1945. In the fight for Denmark’s freedom, a German bullet ended his life.’

Denmark was invaded and occupied by its larger southern neighbour in April 1940. The nation’s resources, infrastructure, and media, came under the control of the occupying power. Not long after, Gerhard became involved with the Danish resistance movement.

It was dangerous work for a 16-year-old. Initially, he took part in the distribution of underground pamphlets. Later on, he joined armed resistance groups helping with weapon transports for his local area here in North Sjaelland.

In early 1945, the Gestapo became aware of Gerhard’s activities and he was forced to give up his studies at technical college and go to ground.

On that fateful April day, he had agreed to meet with a policeman, who was also in hiding. The two met clandestinely at the local co-operative dairy (‘Soeholm Mejeri’), to exchange some ‘illegal’ papers. A German patrol in the area noticed them. Johansen attempted to escape on foot, but he was cut down by machine gun fire as he fled. The stone in Soeholm marks the spot where he fell.

Gerhard’s body was buried in an anonymous grave at the local church in Fredensborg, just a few kilometres away. One month later, Denmark was liberated. With the occupation at an end, he received a proper burial in Humlebaek cemetery.

Today, a large memorial stone marks his grave. On it there’s a sculpted likeness of the face of the young man. The gravestone bears the inscription: ‘If a people will live, some must die’.

A true patriot is never forgotten, especially one who dies in the cause of his nation’s freedom. Gerhard and Wallace have more in common than a yearly floral tribute, though. Each refused to accept the authority of an occupying power. It was Wallace who is reported to have said, “To Edward, I cannot be a traitor, for I owe him no allegiance; he is not my sovereign; he never received my homage; and whilst life is in this persecuted body, he shall never receive it.”

These days the word ‘traitor’ upsets people. In fact, the use of the word offends almost more than the act of treason itself. But if you look up the definition, it simply reads: “One who betrays another’s trust or is false to an obligation or duty.”

The period immediately after liberation in 1945 was a joyous time for the Danes. This was conveyed to me by an eyewitness, Aase, who was my children’s great aunt. We were always invited to her birthday, which happened to be on liberation day. She was in her early teens back in May 1945. But she remembered vividly the sheer relief and happiness, obviously made extra special because it was her first post-occupation birthday. However, there was a darker side to the celebrations. Danes were extremely angry with those who had sided with the occupiers and who had aided the enemy oppression.

Traitors were arrested. However, there were also summary liquidations of known collaborators, and harsh prison sentences were dished out to those who had profited from the occupation. But most notably, the death sentence was re-introduced – 15 years after it had been abolished. Any one visiting Denmark today will notice that Danes are an incredibly easy-going and mild-mannered fowk. But underneath there lies a deep sense of patriotism that, once ignited, brings out the Viking gene.

In modern politics, ‘betrayal of trust’ is par for the course. It is more or less accepted as standard practice in some political circles. The Tories are masters of this particular deceit, whether it’s 40 new hospitals, ‘levelling up’ in the north of England, or promising ‘vast new powers’ and the ‘best of both worlds’ to Scots if we chose to remain bound by the Treaty of Union. Scottish voters were keenly aware of that particular betrayal. The election of the 56 in 2015 was a clear message to London-based Unionist parties, that they had deceived voters and that their deception would not be forgiven. Consequently, a great deal was expected of ‘The 56’.

Anyway, back to the word ‘traitor’. Its use has not always been frowned upon. There was never any issue with calling William Joyce, Burgess and Maclean, Kim Philby, George Blake, and many others, ‘traitors’. They had either betrayed secrets to a foreign power or used their position of trust to undermine the state. In Joyce’s case, he was hanged for treason.

Long-term Soviet spy Philby, who is widely believed to have been allowed to get away, did make a rather interesting observation, though, “To betray, you must first belong. I never belonged.” Even Tory heroine, Margaret Thatcher, had no qualms about describing the cabinet rebellion, that helped to destroy her leadership, as “treachery”.

To a foreign observer of Scottish politics like myself, the word ‘traitor’ seems to be used more frequently than the word ‘patriot’. And whether we care to admit it or not, the fact is, our political class has failed us. The ruling party in Scotland has betrayed the people’s trust. The latest manifestation of this was the FM’s indyref announcement. First of all, it was two and a half years late. It was the kind of announcement that was expected on 31 January 2020. But what was dismissed as a ‘clever wheeze’ on that day, is now presented as Nicola’s stroke of genius, 30 months later. Unfortunately, for Ms Sturgeon, most of us do not suffer from amnesia. 

Secondly, the First Minister has chosen two routes almost guaranteed to fail. Handing the indyref question to a recent post-Treaty-of-Union invention, the Supreme Court, looks like deliberate stalling with only one outcome. Then there’s the plebiscite election idea. She now accepts this as a legitimate route to independence, despite having had her NuSNP juvenile zealots boo and shout down the entire concept at conference just a few years ago. 

Not content with appropriating every SNP achievement under Alex Salmond as her own, and wiped his history from the SNP website, Stalinist-style, she’s now presenting a plebiscite election as our emergency exit. Problem is, she has sabotaged our escape route. By Bute House presidential decree that even the deputy FM wasn’t aware of, Ms Sturgeon has by her own diktat ruled that a majority of seats is no longer good enough. She has arbitrarily decided we need the near-impossible-to-achieve majority of electoral votes. Who gave her that right? Where in the SNP manifesto did it state that we were electing an autocrat? What happened to cabinet government, never mind party democracy?

Reality, however, is beginning to dawn on those commentators, crowd-funded bloggers, and personality cult followers, for whom belief in the infallibility of Nicola Sturgeon is as a tenent of religious faith. 

To accept that Nicola Sturgeon is a unifying indy leader, focused on getting us out of the Union, is to disbelieve the evidence of our own eyes and ears. We all saw the shifty looks and clear discomfort at being asked by Kirsty Wark about her reaction to the Salmond verdict. Her embarrassment was also clear to see when being questioned on Sunday Politics about her false indyref promises between 2017 and 2022. Her panic-stricken ‘broom cupboard’ video to the gender-crank wing of the party is still a puzzle, especially from a woman who has far bigger social issues to deal with. And who can forget the constant post-trial references to Alex Salmond, each one designed to cast doubt on the jury verdict. 

An energised, non-party Yes movement of our sovereign people is our only hope. We should be looking to the Scottish Sovereignty Research Group (upcoming conference at Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline from 29-31 July), Salvo, All Under One Banner, and NowScotlandNow, among others. These organisations are ahead of the politicians on the constitutional question.

It’s no surprise that someone like Pete Wishart doesn’t like the word traitor. He cries ‘abuse and hate’, if his indy indolence is challenged. If anyone has betrayed the trust of voters, it’s the Perth prima donna. Then there’s the egregious John Nicolson, the carpetbagger’s carpetbagger. The former BBC luvvie is an aberration even among the already tepid collection of money-grabbing careerists. That humble crofter, Ian Blackford, has not resigned on the back of the Grady affair is unforgivable. Quite incredible insensitivity, considering his outrageous betrayal of Joanna Cherry on the orders of Bute House. That same Bute House that is rumoured to have hatched a devious plot worthy of Shakespeare with added Machiavelli.

And you could use John Lydon’s refrain ‘No future, no future for you’ as background music for the next wave of junior NuSNP careerists, all busy on social media defaming 2014 stalwarts. Preaching the gospel of unity, these entryists are busy calling dedicated long-term activists ‘scum’ and ‘toxic bigots’. 

Their axis of intolerance seems centred on the self-styled Aberdeen Independence Movement, which is eagerly promoted by the neocon wing of the SNP, fronted by Alyn ‘more sinned against, than sinning’ Smith. Yes activists are urged to sign a jabberwocky pledge by the juvenile Aberdeen clique, and if we don’t, they’ve deemed, quite arbitrarily, we can’t be part of the campaign. Have you ever heard the like?

Not long after the election of the 56, I was contacted by a 2014 activist who had been smeared in a Unionist press hit-piece.He was visiting Copenhagen and he asked to meet up. He told me that in his day job he worked for the UN, often abroad. As we sat in a rainy Tivoli Gardens, enjoying Danish ‘kaffe og kage’ hygge, we discussed the state of play after the 2015 triumph. We agreed that it was a virtual mandate to end the Union, not least because of the betrayal of nearly every promise and pledge the No side had guaranteed if we rejected full independence. 

GE2015 should have been the beginning of the end for the UK, but nothing happened. Later a video emerged of Tommy Sheppard’s opening speech in the chamber. It is utterly incredulous viewing. The ‘former’ Labour man insisted that the SNP’s 56 of 59 MPs was not a mandate for independence. He promised, on the party’s behalf, that they would be good parliamentarians, that his fellow MPs would learn Westminster’s ways, and get their feet under the table. 

It was a monumental betrayal, but no more and no less than that of those other MPs who sat through humiliation after humiliation – happy to settle down, rather than settle up. Instead of accepting the colonial declarations of the Smith Commission, why on earth did the 56 not pack up and return to Scotland, at least until all #BetterTogether promises had been fulfilled – including ‘home rule near to federalism’. 

Think of the international riddy oor representatives could have inflicted on the entirely anti-democratic, Vow-reneging Unionists at Westminster. A walk-out en masse would have focused the world’s attention on our democratic deficit. A huge missed opportunity, which was to be the first of many. But perhaps Nicola, even back then, thought that standing up for Scotland at Westminster, is merely ‘gesture politics’?

Years from now, a release of government papers may reveal the extent of British state infiltration of the SNP. Of course, before that, a hacker or whistleblower may preempt them. The recent revelations by Kit Klarenberg surrounding erstwhile left-wing journo Paul Mason have been astounding. Mason faked it as a man of the left, but has been outed as a deep state puppet who has betrayed everyone who believed in him. He is a traitor to the cause he outwardly promoted, and he is, presumably, only the tip of the iceberg.

The character assassinations of both Alex Salmond and Jeremy Corbyn were not accidental, either. They were facilitated by betrayals, often personal betrayals. Both were perceived as threats to the British state. Those behind the Corbyn smears are well-known as are there connections. 

The Salmond plot is still shrouded in a cloak of secrecy, thanks to the anonymity that protects discredited accusers who manufactured and embellished stories with the sole purpose of destroying a champion of Scotland’s cause.

I often glance at Gerhard Johansen’s rural memorial as I cycle past. The flowers remain there, throughout the summer, quietly fading. But his memory lives on, and is honoured. There will no doubt be flowers, too, and perhaps a bit of Burns, in London’s West Smithfield on 23rd of August, the anniversary of the execution of our great Scottish patriot, William Wallace.

“A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once.”

These words by the author of the Scottish play are perhaps an apt description of the fate of patriots and traitors.

Deceitful betrayers are forever looking over their shoulder, living in fear that their duplicity will be revealed. In order to survive, they must invent more and more outlandish lies, grab more power, and create more distractions, just to stay in control. In fact, it might be necessary to appoint an army of highly-paid spin doctors to keep track of the lies and maintain plausible deniability. And if sorely pressed, an interdict or two, may also be needed in order to keep a lid on other highly embarrassing events. At some point though, the paranoia of a traitor becomes obvious to all. 

As the saying goes, it takes more effort to lie than it does to tell the truth.

“Wha will be a traitor knave?

Wha will fill a coward’s grave, 

Wha sae base as be a slave?

Let him turn an flee.”


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  1. Reading this Shiite just Totally convinces Me how happy I am to be a Staunch Supporter of Pete Wishart & Our 1st Minister, Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon!
    For this Danish living Quisling calling Pete Wishart names is the same as calling Alex Salmond innocent!
    Salmond was found ‘Not Proven’ on the Rape Charge! That means He iS Guilty but the Prosecution failed to give the Telling evidence! But make No Mistake had Salmond been Tried in England, He Would Still be in Jail!!!


    1. Absolute Bull Bill, check you facts.the “attempted rape” charge was found “not guilty” largely for the reason that it would have been impossible to have happened. The reason? The “lady” in question was not a guest at the dinner and was not even in the building when she alleged the incident happened. Your blinkered eyes do you no favours!

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      1. Woman H was not at the dinner with the Scottish actor. She was not even in the building on the night of the alleged incident. Besides which, if a special rota was put in place to stop female staff working alone with Alex Salmond then how exactly could the incident have even happened in the first place? It is just lie after lie with them.

        The problem with these clearly false allegations is that they are at total odds with observed and recorded events of the time. Genuine victims of sexual harassment would not be happily working closely with their attacker AFTER the incidents had happened. Genuine victims would not be sending texts, tweets or writing articles praising their attacker AFTER the incidents had happened. Genuine victims would not be seen laughing and joking and looking relaxed in the close company of the man who harassed them AFTER the incidents happened. It is a total nonsense.

        I remember reading a tweet from James Doleman, who it should be remembered still has the name of that Scottish actor in one of his published articles online, saying that it had not been proven either way whether she (Woman H) was there or not.

        Does that mean she was there by default then?

        It was an incredible statement from a ‘man’ who it should be remembered is a court reporter. He would have known full well that the burden of proof was solely on the prosecution. The defence did not have to prove she was not there the prosecution had to establish that she was there. They failed to do that. Therefore she was not there and no honest discussion of events can claim she was there.

        The truly disturbing thing is the Police and the Crown must have known she was not there from the very beginning and yet they still allowed it to go to court. There’s your corruption.

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      2. John. Do you know if there is an order still in force preventing publication of the name of this Scottish actor? Do you know why the judge found it necessary to give him/her anonymity in the first place?

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      3. 1. I assume so. People just need to read James ‘I made a mistake’ Doleman’s article to get the name however which renders that order somewhat pointless.

        2. I don’t know anyone who knows the answer to the second question. Maybe Big Eck allegedly squeezed his bum or flicked his hair? He might even have just looked at him funny.

        Why this actor was never subject to cross examination which could have helped establish if Woman H was there or not is another question that really needs answered as well.

        You couldn’t make this stuff up and yet some people act like there is nothing untoward about it.

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      4. Thanks John. Do you happen to know where I could find the exact wording of the anonymity order made in the Salmond case?

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      5. A quick Google search should help. I got the following from the Scotcourts site in regards to Lady Dorrian and Craig Murray from March 2021. The original court order having been made on 10 MARCH 2020 though and this is something I need to add on my blog at some point as well. › …PDF
        HIGH COURT OF JUSTICIARY [2021] HCJ 2 HCA/2020-06/XM …

        “The court, on the motion of the advocate depute, there being no objection, made an
        order at common law and in terms of Section 11 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981,
        preventing the publication of the names and identity and any information likely to
        disclose the identity of the complainers in the case of HMA v Alexander Elliot
        Anderson Salmond.”

        How that covers the Scottish actor as well is never explained. Or at least I cannot find it.

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      6. Further to my last comment, I know how much you like F.O.I. requests (ahem) so how about such a request to ascertain the date of attendance of this actor at Bute house between two dates either side of the date of the alleged allegation? There should be a written record of who was attending somewhere easily found. Over to you!

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      7. Iain. I see the difficulties under which you are operating, so care is obviously necessary .But have we really reached the stage where a FOI request specifying this actors name would be in breach of the anonymity order made by the court, which can’t extend to him as a complainer, but must have been made for some unknown ( to me anyway) reason?

        If so, the situation is even worse than I thought

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      8. I think if his name was made public he would be heavily questioned about his inability to remember whether one of the guests round the table was wearing a stookie.You would have thought this was sufficiently noticeable to be noted. The answer to that question could comprehensively expose that Miss H’s allegation was completely false.

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      9. Thanks for responding. I am still struggling to understand why that would entitle the actor to an anonymity order but there are so many mysteries surrounding the trial that I despair at the state of (lack of) open justice in Scotland.

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      10. I’ve posted an FOI request asking if a Court Order exists against the naming of the actor and if so for a link to it so at least we can see what it says.

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    2. If your going to lie at least make it plausible. He was found not proven on the ‘ sleepy cuddle’, Ms F, I believe.
      The attempted rape lie was MsH who was not in the building.
      Proven in court by the testimony of the woman who was there.

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    3. In civilised jurisdictions you are not allowed to presume the guilt of an accused, you have to actually PROVE guilt, and until that happens innocence is very deliberately presumed. The job of the jury is to decide whether the prosecution team’s case is good enough to accept as having demonstrated that proof.

      Thus ‘not proven’ and ‘not guilty’ mean exactly the same thing; that in the eyes of the jury the prosecution have failed to prove their case against the accused. Not Proven and Not Guilty verdicts both mean that the jury still have sufficient doubts that the events asserted by the prosecution happened. They are directed by the judge to be certain ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ before returning a Guilty verdict. This is also the case in England, where the ‘not proven’ verdict doesn’t exist, so your ” But make No Mistake had Salmond been Tried in England, He Would Still be in Jail!!!” is just as ignorant in that situation as it is here.

      In the Salmond case it was clear to the jury there was NO ‘telling evidence’, and I suspect that an English jury would have come to the same conclusion as ours did. The prosecution would have loved to present that telling evidence, but it simply didn’t exist, and that was why there was a huge effort made by the police/COPFS et al to dig up as much dirt as possible in an attempt to shore up their exceptionally flimsy case with a set of even flimsier charges, hoping that at least one might stick, and under Scottish law, the sheer number of charges could imply a ‘pattern of behaviour’ that could by itself indicate a level of guilt. But even in that scenario all the extra charges would need to be proved so that they could be counted up.

      The Salmond case was obviously politically motivated and supported by elements of the Scottish establishment, and I hope that soon that all of the real criminals involved will be brought properly to book.

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    4. “For this Danish living Quisling calling Pete Wishart names is the same as calling Alex Salmond innocent!”

      Oh dear. What is there in the article that got you so worked up that you felt you had to rush to set the mood btl to ensure comments went through a particular direction? What part of the article you are trying to distract us from?

      Is it the quote: “To betray, you must first belong. I never belonged.”

      Is it Is it the paragraph of the Perth prima donna? or the part referring to Sheppard’s betrayal?

      Could be the section showing Sturgeon’s telling body language and total lack of professionality?

      Or the part about the seats and how she and her infiltrated SNP have been trying since 2015 to close that route to independence that Mr Salmond opened for us in 2014?

      Or could be the fact the author seems to know the identity of the perjurers and that to cover their tracks they seemingly have to keep piling on the lies?

      Or is the paragraph at the end that starts “Deceitful betrayers are forever looking over their shoulder…”

      Whatever it is, this article seems to have unsettled you. Enough reason for me to read it all over again and try to discover what it is you are trying to distract us from.

      By the way, calling Pete Wishart a prima donna is not incompatible with Mr Salmond being innocent. There was nothing in that court case that suggested he was otherwise. What many would like to know is until what extent the anonymity was given to the alphabets not to protect victims, but rather to protect perjurers from prosecution and to protect a deeply corrupt government and civil service by facilitating the suppression of incriminating information to stop the public finding out the real extent of the conspiracy and how our public money and resources had been misused by the culprits and those moving the strings of the culprits.

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    5. Bill Tosh
      That means he is guilty but the prosecution failed to give the Telling evidence!

      Oh they were just holding back that telling evidence for another time eh Bill?

      Kind of like Ms A bringing up her already resolved complaint from years before but this time adding new sexual elements to it that were never in her original complaint. Kind of like that eh Bill?

      She was just saving all the juicy bits for a rainy day in the hope that a brand new procedure would come about where she could mention them at last. How thick would you have to be to swallow this drivel? It should be an insult to anyone’s intelligence.

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    6. Make no mistake the people who have committed crimes against the Scottish people and Scotland wont be tried in england when Scotland gains her INDEPENDENCE they will will be tried under true Scottish justice. These people already know who they are and for the avoidance of any doubt they wont be able to avoid it no matter where they be, at present they should keep looking over thier shoulders but the day will come as each day passes it becomes closer. i am glad you mention Alex Salmond the more he is mentioned the less we forget what was carried out against him by these people (TRAITORS).


  2. Brilliant piece, I live for the day Sturgeon and her duplicity & treachery are exposed for all to see, I don’t understand why we all don’t see it now, it’s not like she hides it well,
    Sturgeon has dragged Scotland into a swamp of treachery & corruption the like of which I have never seen in all my 62 summers,
    With a few notable exceptions I have never had a high opinion of politicians but never has it been as low as it is today and I know many won’t agree with this but as far as I’m concerned there are no good people left in the SNP, if they were good people they wouldn’t be there anymore, and each and every one of them should be put on notice now that we the sovergien people of Scotland will be taking our country back and when we do you will be tried for treason just like the Danes did

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  3. Well I suppose we can thank Bill Tosh for his contribution which so vividly illustrates the tide of effluent that has replaced debate in politics in both England and Scotland in recent years. Thanks be to Salvo who may indeed have found a solution, in that it may be possible to bypass the cult of personality that politics has become. I thank the Danish Quisling for this outstanding piece of journalism, and hope that his prediction for downfall of the alleged perjurer becomes fact.

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  4. As usual from Peter Young a well written and thought provoking piece. I am incredulous that Bill Tosh can have a mind so closed that he cannot even begin to suspect what has been obvious for some years. My once beloved party has been well and truly ‘got at’ infiltrated by deep state. That’s what they do. If our First Minister isn’t a long term plant then they’ve got something dire on her. Years ago when my son first suggested that I made excuses and didn’t believe (or didn’t want to believe) but no longer. The only way out of this is for a very apolitical Yes movement to gather together all who want self determination. Not all supporters of independence continually vote SNP. There are waverers in all parties. It’s up to us to welcome them. Although I’ve never voted Tory, on Yes marches I abhorred the anti Tory chants. Of ‘Tory, Tory, Tory, Out, out, out”. We should be wooing all don’t knows rather than alienating them with GRA etc.

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  5. Superb, passionate and lyrical work by Peter.
    Our independence very much remains a reality when we have so many gifted, intelligent and determined individuals continuing to hold the british and their servants to account. Yes, good observation, that we’ve been disparaged by crying them by their true name – traitors – whenever the shoe fits.

    Thanks, Peter.

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  6. I’d cast aside any notion that our First Minister was recruited as a sleeper agent in her teens by the British Security Services. It’s too baroque, the stuff of pulp spy novels. I wouldn’t dismiss the possibility of blackmail in the specific case of Sturgeon, but considering Sturgeon’s inner circle, the Security Services maintain more tools at their disposal.
    There’s plenty of promising raw material out there for the Security Services to work on. The inexplicable (to me) proliferation of “Politics” courses in Universities has produced a sizeable pool of young, middle class graduates with precarious career prospects. These individuals inhabit the fickle netherworld of SPADS, researchers and QUANGOistas. Imagine their gratitude when a well groomed “official” with “connections” offers access to a “network” that will lead to a secure tenure as a MP (£84k) or MSP (£64k). Furthermore the “recruiter” will be looking for a particular type of persona. Forget anyone of prodigious talent. We’re looking for the mediocre, the quiet wallflower who’ll be forever grateful for the official’s kind assistance. For reasons that surprise me in this day and age, homosexuality remains a preferred trait for recruitment (this is an empirical fact, perhaps what was known to work once lingers in their playbook, no one said we are considering geniuses).
    Compare this thumbnail sketch to Sturgeon’s inner circle. It would describe any number of individuals who were plucked from felicitous obscurity and for seemingly unfathomable reasons raised up through the ranks.
    Once these individuals are in position, there’s no need for a grand conspiracy. No secret meetings where detailed instructions are briefed by the MI5 “case handler” to a room of recruited “agents”. The “recruits” will naturally coalesce to form a Praetorian guard. They won’t even necessarily need to be introduced to their fellow “conspirators”, they’ll know them like looking in a mirror. Similarly there’s no need for the case handlers to micro-manage the conspiracy. As far as the recruits are concerned, there is no “conspiracy”. They’re just doing the “pragmatic” thing. “It’s the way of the world. That’s how things get done.”
    Remaining ever true to their comfortable, suburban, middle class upbringing they’re engaged in the “practical, day-to-day administration of Government”. Independence will be delivered in evermore infinitesimally small steps. “Don’t listen to those radical hotheads, we’re the responsible ones here. Just stay the course, we know what we’re doing”.

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  7. I cannot think of any parallel, any place, any time, any people or cause, in truth or even in literary fiction, nowhere, do I see a worthy precedent for the “Bill Toshes” we have in Scotland. In clinical psychology, they surely warrant their own separate classification.

    They are like Frankenstein Yessers, created to walk amongst us and pass themselves off as Independentists, but pre-programmed to swallow and digest every last scrap of Unionist smear and propaganda, but then detest with a ruthless hatred, their fellow Independentists who see through the garbage, and recognise the process of disinformation.

    The closest I can come, (which is apt given Peter Young’s fine article), is 13th Century Scotland, when Scottish “Lord”, Sir John Menteith betrayed William Wallace, a hero of Scotland, because the King of England had declared him an outlaw. The same Menteith was later invited by Edward to stand with him against King Robert the Bruce, but chose to side with Bruce.

    From betraying Wallace to the English in 1305, to siding with Bruce against the English by 1307, and even signing the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, we can but hope that Fause Menteith was a man both haunted and reformed by his murderous treachery, but we’ll never know how or if he found peace to live with himself.

    “Had Salmond been tried in England?….” Good Lord Bill Tosh, have a lie down in a darkened room and just have a listen to yourself, because no Scottish Independence supporter would think such a thing, nevermind say it.

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    1. “I cannot think of any parallel, any place, any time, any people or cause, in truth or even in literary fiction, nowhere, do I see a worthy precedent for the “Bill Toshes” we have in Scotland. In clinical psychology, they surely warrant their own separate classification.”

      Colonial history is unfortunately full of “Bill Toshes” for colonial oppression depends on them. “Colonial fascism”, according to Albert Memmi is like a “cancer wants only to spread”. Fanon is also very interesting on “playing the game of collaboration” in the colonial environment. Decolonizations led to many native collaborators hurriedly seeking refuge in “the mother country”, which goes some way to explain the populations of Britain and France etc today.

      Excellent article Peter.

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  8. Scotland ‘s curse! The traitors that live and breathe amongst us. I firmly believe that had Judas been born a Scot he would have “sold out” for far less than 30 pieces of Silver.
    Still some of our forebearers were wise and canny and we have the claim of right. Let’s recall the Convention of the Estate and get moving – 29th to 31st July.

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    1. I get what you’re saying, Humble crofter, but surely it is a defence that Lady Dorrian is guilty of jigsaw identification. It is only because of her order in the Spectator case that led me to identifying one of the alphabetties.

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      1. You’re a braver person than me if you try that as a defence! Especially in view of the person before whom you would be brought to decide your fate. No prizes for guessing.

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  9. Scotland is a nation and a shell hollowed out by England as the British state through its agency here in Scotland. I feel strongly that between 2004 and 2014 we were gaining some leverage against this corruption. There was a sense that things were changing and that the Scottish people themselves were growing in the belief that we could overcome the bastards. We were discussing our national and civil rights. Independence was achievable, a necessity. Since then we have returned to being a place where patriots are traitors, fitted up and ruined and traitors are given money, celebrity and immunity from prosecution for their crimes.

    There is more going on here than a sociopath and her clique taking power and then selling us out for an easy life, a photoshoot in Vogue and a big bank balance. It has got to be true that it t is easier and more lucrative to side with power than to oppose it but there is a lot of information that is still being withheld from us. I am of the opinion that we need to know the details, the facts, the truth of what is going on before we can move forward.

    We need to be fully informed. We will continue to self harm when making our political choices without the facts. I believe the Scottish people will react to that information in the same way many of us rallied to aid the cause during the referendum responding directly to loyalist control over the traditional media in Scotland .

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  10. If you enjoyed this excellent and informative article and comments you are going to love this non-promotional anecdote about real spies and authors from the espionage genre whether you’re a le Carré connoisseur, a Deighton disciple, a Fleming fanatic, a Herron hireling or a Macintyre marauder. If you don’t love all such things you might learn something so read on! It’s a must read for espionage cognoscenti.

    As Kim Philby (codename Stanley) and KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky (codename Sunbeam) would have told you in their heyday, there is one category of secret agent that is often overlooked … namely those who don’t know they have been recruited. For more on that topic we suggest you read Beyond Enkription (explained below) and a recent article on that topic by the ex-spook Bill Fairclough. The article can be found at TheBurlingtonFiles website in the News Section. The article (dated July 21, 2021) is about “Russian Interference”; it’s been read well over 20,000 times.

    Now talking of Gordievsky, John le Carré described Ben Macintyre’s fact based novel, The Spy and The Traitor, as “the best true spy story I have ever read”. It was of course about Kim Philby’s Russian counterpart, a KGB Colonel named Oleg Gordievsky, codename Sunbeam. In 1974 Gordievsky became a double agent working for MI6 in Copenhagen which was when Bill Fairclough aka Edward Burlington unwittingly launched his career as a secret agent for MI6. Fairclough and le Carré knew of each other: le Carré had even rejected Fairclough’s suggestion in 2014 that they collaborate on a book. As le Carré said at the time, “Why should I? I’ve got by so far without collaboration so why bother now?” A realistic response from a famous expert in fiction in his eighties.

    Philby and Gordievsky never met Fairclough, but they did know Fairclough’s handler, Colonel Alan McKenzie aka Colonel Alan Pemberton CVO MBE. It is little wonder therefore that in Beyond Enkription, the first fact based novel in The Burlington Files espionage series, genuine double agents, disinformation and deception weave wondrously within the relentless twists and turns of evolving events. Beyond Enkription is set in 1974 in London, Nassau and Port au Prince. Edward Burlington, a far from boring accountant, unwittingly started working for Alan McKenzie in MI6 and later worked eyes wide open for the CIA.

    What happens is so exhilarating and bone chilling it makes one wonder why bother reading espionage fiction when facts are so much more breathtaking. The fact based novel begs the question, were his covert activities in Haiti a prelude to the abortion of a CIA sponsored Haitian equivalent to the Cuban Bay of Pigs? Why was his father Dr Richard Fairclough, ex MI1, involved? Richard was of course a confidant of British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, who became chief adviser to JFK during the Cuban missile crisis. So how did Greville Wynne and Oleg Penkovsky fit in? You may well ask!

    Len Deighton and Mick Herron could be forgiven for thinking they co-wrote the raw noir anti-Bond narrative, Beyond Enkription. Atmospherically it’s reminiscent of Ted Lewis’ Get Carter of Michael Caine fame. If anyone ever makes a film based on Beyond Enkription they’ll only have themselves to blame if it doesn’t go down in history as a classic espionage thriller.

    By the way, the maverick Bill Fairclough had quite a lot in common with Greville Wynne (famous for his part in helping to reveal Russian missile deployment in Cuba in 1962) and has also even been called “a posh Harry Palmer”. As already noted, Bill Fairclough and John le Carré (aka David Cornwell) knew of each other but only long after Cornwell’s MI6 career ended thanks to Kim Philby shopping all Cornwell’s supposedly secret agents in Europe. Coincidentally, the novelist Graham Greene used to work in MI6 reporting to Philby and Bill Fairclough actually stayed in Hôtel Oloffson during a covert op in Haiti (explained in Beyond Enkription) which was at the heart of Graham Greene’s spy novel The Comedians. Funny it’s such a small world!

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  11. Compared to the amorous philanderings that are the norm in some countries, the British are fiddling and fumbling amateurs. In those countries Mr Salmond would not have been pursued in such a puritanical, priggish, holier than thou manner. Even his political enemies found the vendetta unsavoury and unwarranted.
    We have, however, reached the stage where even a compliment may be construed as hurtful.
    Ciao bella!..never on my watch utters the Commissar for Public Safety.
    Is Mr Tosh an agent provocateur?

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  12. Clearly the Security Services have an obligation to protect the British state. This includes protecting the integrity of the Union against lawful, peaceful, political actions of Irish, Scottish and Welsh nationalists. “Ah put away your tinfoil hat Viv.”.
    Seriously? MI5’s budget (2017 -2018) was £3 billion, wtf do you think they’re doing!

    Regards Scotland, I’d be looking at a number of institutions.

    BBC Shortbread of course. How they survived the Question Time / Menthorn Media / Billy Mitchell scandal unscathed is beyond me. Actually it isn’t. Sturgeon had their back. Apparently showing “sisterly solidarity” with Donalda MacKinnon trumped furthering the independence cause (and that’s the most charitable explanation I can offer for Sturgeon).

    The School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews. That august body offered a refuge (with indecent haste) to Stephen Gethins after he carelessly lost his Westminster seat in the snap GE of 2019. Gethins had his majority reduced to two in the snap GE of 2017. He should have been attending to constituency business rather that the constant Russia baiting he preoccupied himself with. Prior to leaching a wage from the SNP, Gethins was an employee (by circuitous means) of the US State Department. The SoIR was BBC Shortbread’s go-too source for “Russia bad” commentary before they discovered swivel eyed Prof. Anthony Glees at the Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, University of Buckingham.
    The SoIR is curiously adjacent to the auld haunted barn that housed the Integrity Initiative.

    The sinister, John Smith Centre for Public Service. Why “sinister”? Because the sources of its funding remain a mystery.
    The last published report on the site of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator dates to year end 31/03/2018. These accounts state that, “The Charity has remained dormant during the year.”
    The accounts for year end 31/03/2019 (four months before the charity was demonstrably active) have been in “Documents being processed” mode since 10/02/2020. This is highly unusual. Plenty other charities have their accounts bang up to date on the OSCR website. Accounts are not available at Companies House. Companies House merely redirects to the OSCR website.
    So who’s funding Kezia Dugdale and her soon to be staff of five? Wages, accommodation, expenses and sundries must be in the region of £500 k.

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    1. Is it just a coincidence that David Harvie, ex-MI5, is head of the Crown Office in Scotland? Or that Angus Robertson was a member of the Intelligence & Security Committee overseeing MI5, MI6 & GCHQ?? Hmmm… to be honest, I don’t believe in coincidence.

      I HAVE heard that no one EVER ‘retires’ from MI5 etc…

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      1. For reasons I lack the time to explain, I believe a large portion of the funds originate with the US State Department.

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  13. How you think besmirching NS helps the Referendum campaign defeats me unless your aim is to work to prevent the referendum or the plebiscite GE taking place.

    It’s rather easy for people who have chosen to live in another country to name call people as traitors. Many in the Independence movement have healthy debates over policy and frequently disagree with the SG. We keep engaging and debating rather than using gratuitous insults. Such insults are a bit like the effects of Putin’s indiscriminate bombs. They miss the target but cause considerable hurt to the wider movement.


    1. The SNP members won both the debate on a currency and on a national energy company at conference. Why did this not become policy? There are issues that have never been debated at conference but have become SNP policy. There are practices that have been deployed by the Scottish government that have never been debated anywhere. Importing KPMG into the civil service to organise the ScotWind auction for example.

      The argument that public debate amongst the wider movement means anything at all to the clique running the SNP does not add up. it’s empty rhetoric.

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      1. The 2019 SNP Conference also debated and passed the proposal for a Scottish National Maritime Policy, which could have sorted most of the ferry fiasco out, properly started ferry shipbuilding based on proven designs, dealt with the offshore equity fund monopolies masquerading as port authorities, and commenced direct ferry services to the continent to minimise the worst effects of Brexit on trade. None of that has been implemented by the SNP elite either.

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    2. “How you think besmirching NS helps the Referendum campaign”

      And which referendum campaign do you have in mind?

      The one that should have started in 2016 but did not, the one that should have started in 2017 but did not, the one that should have started in 2018 but did not, the one that should have started in 2019 but did not, the one that should have started in 2020 but did not, the one that should have started in 2021 but did not, the one that should have started in 2022 but did not, the one that should start in 2023 but will not or the one that for as long as Sturgeon remains in power will never happen unless the referendum is already rigged in a way that yes will not win?

      Personally I don’t give a darn about Sturgeon’s referendum. I don’t longer believe a word she says. As far as I am concerned Scotland should have repealed the ratification of the treaty of union in May 2015. I blame her for stopping it. I blame her for forcing Scotland to remain in this union and to hand over its assets and powers to England MPs. I blame her for forcing brexit on Scotland. I blame her for allowing the re-writing of our laws to stop us going back to the EU. Terminating the union and not preserving it is what 56 SNP MPs and over 50% of the vote for anti-union parties should have done.

      Cajoling people into a flawed devolution route as she has been doing, when you have had for SEVEN YEARS the right route open to you, courtesy of the hard work and clever strategy of your predecesor, is disgustingly dishonest, As dishonest as it is to cheat pro independence supporters during a GE campaign by giving them false hope requesting from them a mandate to give Scotland a choice for its future while you are simultaneously writing letters to unionist labour supporters ensuring them a vote for the SNP is not a vote for independence, but rather a vote to keep the tories out.

      “Such insults are a bit like the effects of Putin’s indiscriminate bombs”
      Right. As if we haven’t had enough after 8 years of Sturgeon’s bullshit virtue signalling and faux morality, along you come to give us an unsolicited extra helping served with a generous dose of psychological blackmailing for a nice kick. What will be next? Force it down our throats if we refuse to swallow Sturgeon’s PR team’s faux morality crap anymore?

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      1. Well said Mia.

        And it is blame too, not a collective responsibility, but Sturgeon screwing up directly.

        Even with the sudden volte-face when she abandoned her own “only one legal way” to hold a referendum, to entertain a Plan B Plebiscite Election which many people had been roundly vilified for trying to promote, Sturgeon’s immediate input is to bumble in, screw it up and assign a 30 seat first-past-the-post mandate to act, with a 50%+ share of the vote! She’ll put her jinx on anything the moment she opens her mouth.

        I’m sorry if you see “loyal” people being hurt by this Graeme, I really am, we are all Yessers and we should be brothers in arms, but that loyalty is sorely misplaced. Actually, make that dangerously misplaced. Some people were latched on to Sturgeon’s dismal frailty as a Leader eight years ago, and it’s been a long and bruising path to get the SNP grassroots to wake up and smell just how ersatz the coffee is.

        We’ve seen ALBA vilified as traitors and losers when it was good ALBA people driven to despair by Sturgeon’s fecklessness and gerrymandering of the office bearers which drove them out, but it’s been ALBA people pointing the way ahead all along.

        We don’t need to besmirch Sturgeon. Just look what she’s done to the SNP and the YES movement, tally up the litany of open goals she’s missed, and explain how the fk alienating women and girls over self ID insanity squares with winning Scottish Independence? How does besmirching her help? I’d be dancing for joy and doing cartwheels in the street if the besmirching actually got rid of her, but it won’t. She’s too much of an incurable narcissist.

        She is Constitutionally illiterate, indolent, she doesn’t know what she’s doing, she doesn’t have a plan, she can’t / won’t make a plan, she won’t be told when she’s royally screwing up, and she treats some our very best and learned people like lepers, while basking in the adulation of feral adolescent gobshites who learned their morals from the Lord of the Flies.

        What you don’t understand Graeme McCormick is nobody wants to hurt anybody. But right now, it is ultra white hot critical for Scotland to be making the right moves, engaging with the International community, and mobilising the Scottish people behind a determined Constitutional initiative which will trap Westminster, lock it down, and allow us to end this 315 year curse of damnation upon Scotland.

        But by a galloping country mile, the biggest threat to us achieving that noble objective is Nicola Sturgeon’s hubris and her unfathomable, sociopathic conceit.

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  14. @ Graeme McCormick

    You know Graeme I used to get angry when I read posts like that, now I just laugh, seriously are you really that stupid or are you just having some fun ?

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  15. The above seems like an excessively disproportionate volume of commentary to expend on someone who failed completely to say anything new and that we haven’t all heard countless times before. Jist sayin.

    Another excellent piece, Pete!

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    1. True for many of us but I thought it was well argued anyway and it is all down there for the many Independence supports who may be unsure and looking for info.

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  16. Breeks: This is the awful truth of it. Well said.

    “She’s too much of an incurable narcissist.

    “She is Constitutionally illiterate, indolent, she doesn’t know what she’s doing, she doesn’t have a plan, she can’t / won’t make a plan, she won’t be told when she’s royally screwing up, and she treats some our very best and learned people like lepers, while basking in the adulation of feral adolescent gobshites who learned their morals from the Lord of the Flies.”

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    1. She’s also a dangerous, violent liar. And not just in a physical sense. Thoroughly bad as an individual and treacherously bad for Scotland and Scots. It’s all in plain sight and has been so for years.

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  17. Maybe not as binary as ‘Patriots and Traitors’ but there were those who booed the proposal of a Plan B by Chris McEleny and Angus MacNeil at SNP Conference. That was surely a basic dichotomy. That it was not roundly condemned is/was perhaps the first indication of a bad odour in the party

    It might be useful for those of us non-joiners in the dark if someone could call out any of the (smelly) participants.

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  18. Iain. Is there a way of getting some information to you which is best not to include in a post?


  19. I really think we should get over the apparent need to give Nicola Sturgeon and her cohort any benefit of the doubt now. It is so obvious that she never, ever intended to bring in independence after the defeat of 2014. The NuSNP are all about show and virtue signalling and harming those who do actually care about Scotland and the Scots. I believe they are incapable of the imagination, nous and intellect required to lead our country out of this morass. Any party that would discount half the population for a handful of female impersonators really has lost its moral compass. Peter is probably able to “see oorselves as ithers see us” – from the distance of Denmark, and is able to reflect back to us that moral abyss. I can speak only for me, but I cannot for the life of me understand how anyone could betray their own country and its people for a handful of Westminster gold. I wish, as Peters says, that these people have some kind of conscience, but I fear they have none. They are, indeed, cowardly and treacherous, and, as for those Aberdeen and Stirling adolescents, they will get their just desserts very soon. All young people tend to despise their elders just a little until they grow up, but the lengths to which some of the NuSNP youth have gone to smear and besmirch the efforts of people who built up the party they have infiltrated rather than inherited, is beyond belief. They are not fit to clean the boots of the people they besmirch, and the Daddy Bears and Kirsty Blackmans of this world, the self-appointed Svengalis, need their a***s kicked before being given the Order of the Boot proper. The rest of the sheep-like ‘trans’ warriors and ‘wokerati’, not to mention the various foot-draggers, also need to grow up and wise up because they will never be forgiven for what they have done to the party itself and to people’s hopes and dreams and wishes. Their days are numbered.

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