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Song For Linda Fabiani

Posted on January 21, 2021 by

Because when we wrote this we’d assumed that while the evidence wouldn’t be made public, the committee would still see it, because it would be so obviously ridiculous and crooked if they didn’t. We didn’t know the last sentence here:

Or as Chumbawamba put it:

“We make whitewash
We sell whitewash
Consume whitewash
Consumed by whitewash”

Whitewash. Don’t buy it.

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    1. Hugh Jarse says:

      Urea is often used as a fixitive.
      Wriggle room rapidly running out.
      The time has arrived for everyone to decide where they stand, and what they stand for.

    2. Laing french says:

      So we now know collectively that the justice system along with the present government is corrupt. So do we continue voting for them for independence or simply dump the snp and move to the Scottish alliance? Either way this shit has badly tainted our politics our representatives and our reputation as a transparent justice for all country.

    3. A2 says:

      Does that not just mean that they can’t reference it in the report tho? is “deliberation” the bit where they state the evidence they have used to make a decision?

      Or does it mean it can’t be used at all in order to say decide on further questions to ask?

      In either case that’s not the same as not seeing it.

    4. A2 says:

      PS I’m still waiting for Cliff Richards to be nailed up.

    5. Kenny says:

      Crooks, crooks, crooks…

      Fabiani’s double-bent,
      Sturgeon’s telling porks,
      Murrell’s lying through his teeth, inquiry’s just a joke.
      Civil Servants prangin’,
      Cuz Aberdein’s got damnin’,
      The bloody lot are going to hell and Salmond’s doing the hanging.

      Crooks, crooks, crooks..

    6. Kangaroo says:

      Looks like corruption,
      Smells like corruption,
      Walks like corruption,

      Nothing to see here then!

    7. Kangaroo says:

      @RevStu

      IMHO the Northern Ireland protocol directly breaches the Treaty of Union, rendering it void.

      Am I mistaken?

    8. G H Graham says:

      It had seriously crossed my mind about two weeks ago that this Fabiani inquiry would find a way to absolve Sturgeon of all responsibility & award her a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card.

      The logical part of my brain suggested that this would be so brazen & so obvious that it would be viewed by anyone with a pulse, as a cover up, so willful, deliberate & egregious that she wouldn’t actually attempt it.

      Looks like I was wrong. I underestimated the depth of corruption inside the Scottish Government.

    9. Rev. Stuart Campbell says:

      “In either case that’s not the same as not seeing it.”

      It means they can’t use it in any way. So it’s exactly the same as not seeing it. It’s been withdrawn.

    10. Davie Oga says:

      Hamilton has form for absolving FM’s of responsility as. He found Carwin Jones didn’t mislead the Senedd over bullying claims. Jones got Hamilton from Sturgeon.
      Hamilton is Sturgeon’s advisor. He who pays the piper……

    11. Saffron Robe says:

      Holyrood whitewash: a perfunctory inquiry set up to exonerate the guilty.

    12. Scozzie says:

      On what justification was the decision taken to not publish Aberdein’s evidence and exclude it from the committee’s deliberations?
      Questions and answers on this are needed given that his evidence would probably be the most central as to whether NS did indeed break the ministerial code (or not). Fucking farce!!!!
      If I was AS I would not attend the committee hearing – it’s been a total charade from the start with no desire to get to the truth.

    13. The Honourable Yona says:

      They’re getting away with it. Aren’t they?

    14. Breastplate says:

      I suspect that the adverse effects from suppression of Aberdein’s evidence has been judged to be less damaging than allowing it into the public sphere.

    15. clem fandango says:

      Corrupt and crooked to the core. I don’t know where we go now.

    16. Sharny Dubs says:

      AS did warn us that what he had evidence of goes all the way to the top, and we thought he was just meaning NS!!

      What have these shower of c#*ts done to our country!!

    17. Beaker says:

      Probably wrong here, but I can see damaging revelations conveniently appearing around about April or May. Timing will of course be purely coincidental.

    18. Confused says:

      The brazen nature of this stitch up is getting so that satire becomes redundant; they are not even trying to hide it, at least in the old days they would hobble an enquiry by fixing its “terms of reference”, so no loose threads got yanked too tightly. This is just …

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqomZQMZQCQ

      O/T – REV
      Gerry Hassan is a dribbler who produces a pre-chewed cringe-meat of the most predictable quality; he buzzes like a fly, fluffing the byres road sensibility and is almost too inconsequential (“national conversation”, “writers workshop”) to bother with – but his latest blog piece is a new low water mark for him; it’s like bourgeois leftist bingo – trump, boris johnson, salmond, YOU, all the wingers; pure buzzword compliance, yet hitting the needed word count.

      – something about toxic masculinity blah blah; and all from a man who looks last pick at the footy, and who faints on a half of shandy.

      – you might want to tear him a new one, in your usual style.

    19. James Barr Gardner says:

      It doesn’t matter how much they polish a turd it’s still a TURD !

    20. On what basis has the refusal to accept Mr Aberdein’s evidence been made? Surely they can’t just make an arbitrary decision like this without explanation or justification, and expect it to be meekly accepted?

      Can’t Mr Aberdein just publish what he knows and be damned? I’ve been thinking the same thing about Mr Salmond. If telling the truth and stating the facts means breaking the law, isn’t breaking the law the right thing to do?

    21. David F says:

      As I posted on the previous story, there is a perfectly obvious reason why Geoff Aberdein’s evidence is being withheld from the committee and from the public.

      And it works out very conveniently and just perfectly for that lying shitsack Sturgeon and her lying shitsack fellow conspirators, because no one who know what it is can say what it is.

    22. StuartM says:

      I lose track of who said what when to whom in this convoluted saga and I can hardly be alone in that. Remind me, did NS state to Parliament that Geoff Aberdein made an unannounced social visit to her office (“popped in for a cup of tea” I think were her words) and that this was the first time she heard of the allegations against Salmond?

      If so, GA’s sworn statement directly contradicts that and proves she lied to Parliament. Now while strictly speaking that lies within the Hamilton Inquiry’s terms of reference I think GA’s evidence is still relevant to the Parliamentary Inquiry in establishing a timeline of who knew what and when they knew it.

    23. twathater says:

      I don’t know but I find it very strange that some other countries journalists , say for example a country that liked and respected the former first minister would maybe be a tad upset that he is being stitched up and conspired against by the current government of his country and feel obligated to expose the lies and corruption of the people responsible for that abomination

      I mean it’s not as if the current leader of that country was slow to eagerly join others in blaming and denigrating another country for an alleged attack on citizens

      As the saying goes “What goes around comes around” or “Do unto others what you would have done to yourself” or “Let he/she who is without sin cast the first stone”or Karma is a bitch

    24. DaveL says:

      Michael Laing @ 2.23

      I’ve been thinking the same thing. AS could publish or broadcast on his show everything, the upshot would no doubt be his immediate arrest for telling the truth. In court state he does not recognise telling the truth as a crime and enter no plea. Let them try to prove otherwise.

      I’m well aware the above is easy said and probably very naive but alternatively contact an overseas journalist with the whole story and and let it rip. Nicky Hagar (pronounced Hagar as in lager) comes to mind, an investigative journalist based in NZ whose book Dirty Politics led to him being dragged through the mill after attacks by blogger Cameron Slater in league with government ministers, crooked police and prime minister John key, the whole gamut. Tech confiscated shit spread and cover ups.

      He won. Apologies all round and compensation paid.

      Again easy said but something has to be done, must be done.

    25. Nell G says:

      Can we now assume that if the Unionist parties do not kick up stink here then Sturgeon’s SNP are one of them? We could say that for maximum effect they are giving them enough rope to hang themselves before the election before all is exposed but it seems bizarre to me that every media outlet and journalist would also adopt this approach as whoever’s blows this open will make big waves.

    26. Breeks says:

      clem fandango says:
      21 January, 2021 at 1:45 am
      Corrupt and crooked to the core. I don’t know where we go now.

      Agreed.

      As for where we go now, know what? My tinfoil hat is now reaching back to a thing which has always niggled me, and that is Alex Salmond and Angus Robertson who was SNP leader at Westminster, losing their seats in the Tory ‘Dark Money” General Election. Bad smell about that, and it’s never gone away. I think it was rigged.

      I don’t think the origins of this muck begin with Alex Salmond deciding to return to politics. I think the groundwork was being laid to have control over Alex Salmond while Alex Salmond was still centre stage.

      Proof? I have none. But all the way back in 2013 /2014 was a recurring smear that Alex Salmond was disliked by women, but there was never so much as a grain of evidence to substantiate it. So many people saying they didn’t like Alex Salmond, but never once did any one of them provide any tangible reason or origin for their dislike. Are you gonna vote YES? Naw, I don’t like that Alex Salmond. Why not? I dunno, I just don’t…

      I thought even then it was simply a smear being drip fed into the mainstream by the Unionist media, because it was exactly the thing they would do.

      To put it briefly, because it really is a tin foil hat conspiracy theory that will fry your brain, I think we need to go much further back, and forensically re-examine Alex Salmond and Angus Robertson losing their seats, and the drip fed smearing of Alex Salmond as unpopular with women. I have never believed that was all legit and above board.

      Is it too fanciful to imagine a Conspiracy firing itself up to stop Alex Salmond returning to politics, wasn’t actively playing it’s part getting Alex Salmond out of politics to begin with? Alex Salmond out, and their puppet Sturgeon in, and the mighty YES juggernaut parked up in neutral for the next six years… job done eh? Or do you think Sturgeon just woke up one day and decided to run Scottish Independence aground on the nearest sandbank?

      Scotland’s colonial subjugation and lamentable capitulation of both Constitutional Sovereignty and Brexit democracy? How is it possible for anyone to have handled that more ineptly than Sturgeon? Anyone that was batting for Scotland that is…

      And what if the “Establishment” which had Sturgeon in it’s pocket was actually fully cognisant of the dangers posed by Brexit? It wasn’t any fan of Boris Johnson and the Brexiteering lunatics, and so attempted to use its ‘asset’ Nicola Sturgeon to defuse the whole UK’s Brexit? Suddenly the SNP ‘strategy’ to change English minds about Brexit begins to make sense from absurdity.

      Somewhere back then, pre 2014, is when and where the seed was planted, which has now grown to maturity and fruition as Sturgeons rotten SNP, and Scottish Independence dead in the water under her ‘leadership’.

      It’s not just Sturgeon who I don’t trust, (and distrust with a passion), but the whole mechanism of Holyrood. Holyrood now feels like the Terminator movie, as Arnie starts taking damage. All the flesh and humanity is falling away, the appearance was just a facade, and what we are now seeing emerge is the red eye and shiny chrome of a ruthless cybernaut which has “Made in UK” stamped into every component, and an unstoppable determination to destroy Scottish Independence.

      Where do we go from here? A National Constitutional Convention to defend Scotland’s Sovereign Constitution from the colonial encroachment of both Westminster AND its Vichy Holyrood, and it’s compromised SNP which is riddled with infiltrators.

      Reset Scotland to factory settings. The People of Scotland are sovereign, and we start from there.

    27. steve davison says:

      No news flash shock report NS and corrupt party fail to use the
      “Its a fair cop guv but you cant blame a girl for trying” defence
      Instead lets double down on the corruption exclude a few witness and let it be known amongst the gang ” If i,m going down your all coming with me” and its ” move along here there,s nothing to see here we have an election to win”
      The poll in the national suggest that her way out is give a plebe election mandate to keep her and her rotten lot in power and deal with the outcome latter .How many readers of this site would say that the greater good of that is worth knowing that the country is been run by the same self serving politics and corruption but with a local accent

    28. Kate says:

      If the likes of Jackie Bailey & the other UNIONISTS on that committee do not walk away from it, then we know that the SNP are no threat to their precious Union. If the TRUTH is what Bailey & her ilk have really been seeking, then they would refuse to sit on a committee that is a FARCE as far as TRUTH & TRANSPARENCY goes. We have a Party where a Husband & Wife team run the show, & we get a committee into an inquest on the FM chaired by one of her own MSPs ..That is NOT democracy, that is the sort of jungle jury the likes of Mugabe would deploy. How anyone can vote for the SNP with the corruption that lies within it, just beats me. And I say that as a lifetime voter, as someone who trusted them with every fibre of my being. I gave my first vote to them 53 hrs ago & have been voting canvassing for them ever since..I honestly believed we were better than WM better than the WM corruption we have all witnessed for years. The “losing of child abuse files” The cover up of a fat liberal MP raping bairns.. But as FM she allowed those that have been trained well in corruption I.e. Evans, (we saw that with the North Ayrshire PFI scandal) into the heart of the SNP to do the dirty work for her.. I will never forgive her for what she did to destroy the ONLY person that tried hard to return Scotlands status in the world as an Independent country. And she did so through fear he would return to politics in HR & steal some of her thunder. We have a corrupt FM corrupt deputy FM. Corrupt CEO, corrupt COO, corrupt permanent secretary, & as many of the minions in the civil service. I ask again, where are these good people in the SNP we keep hearing about still being there? And why are none speaking out in disgust at what is being allowed to happen. Because everyone that stays quiet about what they have seen or heard or absolutely know, are as guilty & complicit as the heirachy in charge of that party.. I agree with a poster above who said that they thought Alex Salmond should NOT appear at this farce of a committee. As someone who couldn’t wait to hear what he had to say. I think he should leave them to their game of “whose the biggest LIAR” He has more dignity in his little finger than all of them put together. He should never sit among them again..

    29. Willie says:

      Sturgeon, Fabiani et al cannot stop the evidence coming out.

      Too many people know, aside of which the dark establishment know and could themselves aside of anybody else launch the exposure as and or when they see fit.

      It is therefore a timing game of options. If Sturgeon stands aside now the SNP party restructures, strengthens and gets on, and the scandal effectively dies. Or if or someone launches Sturgeon is brought down, and the party restructures, strengthens and gets on. Alternatively if Sturgeon is left in place the dark establishment decides to launch to discredit and destabilise the SNP during the election campaign.

      The timing therefore of when Sturgeon goes of her own or is brought down is therefore the issue. Go now and the SNP move on. Be forced out now by evidence and the SNP still move on. Stay on until the election time and the toxic UXB is exploded to destroy the prospects of the return of an SNP majority.

      The importance of restructuring the SNP now,mand for the launch of an Indy List party is therefore of the utmost importance. Independence is within our grasp. But Sturgeon needs to go !

    30. wee monkey says:

      Quite interesting attempts from some at deflection ie tories unionists mi5 Westminster et al.

      Wrong.

      This is all yours nationalists; every single one of you who put these bastards in place. You own it.

      Next up.

      700,000 vaccinations and only a third used. How many more to die?? Guess who the country is looking at…

    31. Robert Louis says:

      Man, this really, really, stinks to high heaven.

      Corrupt FM, corrupt legal system, corrupt SNP. And meanwhile, the English colonial government are getting settled in in Edinburgh.

      The way this has played out, is it too far-fetched to assume NS is working on behalf of Westminster now??? Wholly and utterly compromised.

      And here’s the thing, the press are not really bigging this up right now, but oh, boy, just wait until the election. Just like Labour before them, in the presence of weak leadership, the SNP have been destroyed from within.

      Nicola Sturgeon and her husband Peter Murrell need booted out of the SNP. Just like Trump, they are in denial, clinging on to some kind of vague hope they will get away with this, and we’ll all forget.

    32. Astonished says:

      Corruption corrupts.
      .
      .
      The truth will out. But will it be too late ?
      .
      To every MSP -go along with this and you will be tainted for ever. And reap a future whirlwind.

    33. Is Jackie Bailie, Cole-Hamilton, Fraser, Mitchel just going to accept this?

    34. Lulu Bells says:

      For the first time in a while I feel there is no hope. If powers are able to so publically cover this up and stop the truth being revealed then they are fearless with no respect for us at all. My God, it’s actually scary. What the hell is going on!
      What Breeks says at 4:55 doesn’t sound like a tin foil theory at all.

    35. Margaret Lindsay says:

      Breeks 1.45am. I think you just came up with a very, very plausible explanation for this whole fiasco, and I’m not wearing a tin foil hat.
      If one gives your theory thought,it makes a hell of a lot of sense.
      Not that we’re likely to gain independence in my lifetime with Sturgeon at the helm ( or any of her sycophants),
      I’ve sadly now come to the conclusion I don’t want independence if she has her grubby mitts anywhere near it.
      I’ve gone from being a devoted independence supporter of almost 50 years now, and a once slavish supporter/campaigner, to what I would describe as indifferent. Between this “in your face” corruption ( I can think of no better word for it), to the hated ( except for the woke bros), GRA reform, self id, porn in the classroom, redefining womanhood and Yousaf’s hate crime bill, at present I think “North Korea” when I think of an independent Scotland under this administration’s stewardship.
      How different things could have been if we had won the vote in 2014, or even if Mr Salmond had not thrown in the leadership the following day.
      Desperately sad.
      Linda Fabiani, if you read this, you’re a fucking whitewashing joke.

    36. Robert Louis says:

      Breeks at 0455am,

      You make some intersting points re when this all really started. It does/would bear all the hallmarks of just how the ‘british’ state acts to destroy its opponents. A long play, yet growing in strength, until the point, where we now have a corrupt SNP leader and party, and a shiny (frankly massive) new ‘Enbglish colonial government building, just around the corner from Holyrood.

      Sometimes I think it is not too fanciful for us to be mere weeks from England trying to completely take over Scotland from their new colonial HQ in Edinburgh.

    37. Robert Louis says:

      Their is a lesson for those who are saying nothing and doing nothing among the SNP MSP’s and MP’s.

      I fully expect that within a few weeks, or sooner, republicans supposedly loyal to trump even now, will quite unceremeoniously dump him. Already some in US politics are saying ‘Trump who?’

      A week, as they say, is a long time in politics.

      Why are they dumping him? Simple, he is now not an asset, but a liability to the republican party. It is simple self preservation, but those who enabled his nonsense will not be forgotten.

      The SNP need to get rid of NS, as a matter of priority, if they wish to see devolution survive, or see independence within their lifetime. She simply is NOT going to push for independence. She ahs shwon time and time again, that she will simply NOT stand up to English colonial rule. The evidence is abundantly clear for all to see. Corrupt, corrupt, corrupt. She needs to go. The sooner, the better.

    38. Robert Louis says:

      Kangaroo at 100 am,

      Yes it absolutely does. The treaty has been sidelined by the current English government in London. Do not expect our corrupt First Minister to do anything about it though – she’d need to get London’s permission first.

    39. Jim Tadgercock says:

      This blog must be a right royal pain in the arse for the so called Scottish elite. My question is how will the hate crime bill relate to internet content from outwith Scotland mixed in with comments from within Scotland? Anyhoo joined the ISP yesterday and the SNP can go throw snow at themselves as they are four votes down from this household.

    40. Robert Hughes says:

      Breeks @ 4.55 – In these Post-Truth , Nothing-Is-As-It-Appears times one has to always consider the dark , the improbable , the borderline demented .

      If I may temporarily borrow your metallic headwear ….

      From a certain POV the Salmond Trial verdict was absolutely perfect , for the Brit Nat State .

      Had he been found guilty he would have simply been consigned to history as a ” monster ” who got the punishment he deserved . Case closed , move on .

      Look where we are now . A bitterly divided movement , torn between My Nicola Right or Wrongists v Get Her Tae Fuckists , possible criminal charges , at the very least inevitable electoral damage , a climate of suspicion , distrust and angry finger-pointing

      It couldn’t have worked out better for our opponents

    41. Kevin Cargill says:

      All this shite from people saying they’re now “indifferent” to Independence or no longer care about it if it means having to vote SNP are Yoon stirrers. The corruption in any one political party does not and never will have a bearing on my or any other true believer’s passion for Independence. Get over yourselves. The SNP may need a guid scoor oot wi a wire brush or we may indeed need a new party for Independence who will offer a plebiscite but never give up just because Sturgeon tried to jail Salmond. This might or might not bring down the SNP but for fuck’s sake there are plenty talented, honest and passionate people out there ready to take up the reins and lead us. Independence will happen. It’s inevitable.

    42. Nally Anders says:

      Surely the key to this is if Aberdein gives evidence then Liz Lloyd inevitably gets dragged in. We’re already aware that Swinney has effectively blocked her appearance.
      Why would that be? Why protect her in particular.
      All she has to do is lie like the rest of them.

    43. Tony Hay says:

      Its as if we have taken a knife to a gun fight. This is as low as I’ve felt since Sept 2014,and that was really low.

      They will let us have indy when our resources have been exhausted and they have no further need for us.

      I’m 60 and alas will never see my country free.

    44. James Horace says:

      Stu, this is obviously corrupt, and will stop the truth coming out by any conventional means.

      So is the committee doomed?

      Will Nicola Sturgeon now be safe?

      What are the next steps?

    45. Robert Hughes says:

      Kevin Cargill – Agreed . We can understand people’s disenchantment ( well the St Nicola trope was always a fairy tale will-o-the`-wisp enchantment ) and deep disappointment regarding the lack of progress , but to give-up now ? to allow this particular mob of incompetent , hopelessly compromised fanatics to torpedo our aspirations ? Fuck Off . NAW !

      Sooner or later , one way or another these pretenders will be ousted .

      Never give up , Never give in

    46. Willie says:

      Robert Hughes @ 7.23

      I certainly don’t think that the independence battle has been lost. Far from it.But together we need to get all the right things into place in what is a moving chess board.

      We are talking a national movement here, a national desire, and whilst it might seem daunting, the goal is often just round the corner. Devolution itself is under threat. The continued existence of the Scottish Parliament cannot be guaranteed.

      Are the current members prepared to accept this.

      So Robert, yes you may be disappointed, we all are at times, but do not loose heart. Our opponents have not won. Far from it.

      And getting into the detail a state NHS cannot be guaranteed, A society where the police and the military are not restricted to break the law with immunity is not guaranteed. The removal of social, economic, consumer and environmental protections are guaranteed now that we are out of Europe.

      Are the punters prepared to accept that. Well I don’t think they are.

      But what we have just now is an SNP leadership that became compromised, became Indy lite, that let us get dragged out of the EU, has bone nothing to resist the rightwards shift of the Westminster Government. And it is a government that at its heart is criminal, a givernmentbthat would pervert the course of justice.

      But the government is not the SNP, it is not the SNP members, and much as it would like it no5 to be so but it is only a Government by the choice of the people.

      Sturgeon and her clique need to go. And if they don’t then they will be forced to go. The SNP can change too, become what it should be. Bu5 if it doesn’t we will destroy it and reform. Every MSP, every MP should not forget that, because that which we created, we can destroy and recreate again.

      But let us not be negative. The SNP can reform, life can be breathed into a list party, the yes movement can get back together. We have as someone said once not gone away. Far from it and we may be much nearer than we think.

    47. John Main says:

      I always read the ads on bus shelters. I can’t be alone in that – there would be no ads if they were not a cost effective way of getting a message over to people who don’t spend their lives on social media.

      How much does an ad campaign cost? No fancy artwork, just a textual summary of information already in the public domain, and therefore not actionable in law.

      Perhaps such an ad campaign could be crowd funded? Just wondering.

    48. David says:

      Need to start #No2ndvoteSnp. As a protest

    49. Contrary says:

      Fuck’s sake.

      Well, there are swathes of other evidence they haven’t published – there are so many ‘bits missing’ that trying to keep any kind of flow in the narrative is near impossible.

      What is the point in committees, and parliament for that matter, when they can’t even weed out corruption in their ranks – I for one don’t need just another layer of Westminster type oversight that results in me getting shat on in my life. The only excuse for any kind of whitewash here is because the “legal reasons” are that criminal prosecution has already begun, and the chances of that being the case with the Lord Advocate in charge is about zero to -10. Without Holyrood maybe we could start making a concentrated effort at weeding out corruption in councils – Holyrood obviously has no plans to sort things out – getting our own guys in place and changing the ways they are run, and quietly making them all pro-Indy with ‘independent’ councillors.

      I’m getting ahead of myself there, we still have political pressure to bring to bear – first keep pushing for a plebiscite in May, then also can I make an appeal for everyone to keep giving generously to the s.30 crowdfunder?

      https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/pas30/

      Martin Keatings took the risk of going ahead with the action without reaching the funding target – and there is no compensation in this sort of case (haha, if only, Westminster should be made to pay for 300 years of mismanagement) – and he shouldn’t have to take the financial burden by himself. I’ve stretched to as much as I comfortably donate (and uncomfortably in the original hearing) and am very limited in doing more before the end of the month.

      If anyone has NOT given – a small contribution will also up the number of people that are supporting this, and looks good from a popularity/political viewpoint.

      The case starts today, and lasts two days – the outcome should be with us in a few weeks. If you contribute to the crowdfunder you will get instructions on how to dial in.

      Belt and braces approach here – any kind of political pressure that can be brought forward is good – anything and everything.

      We also NEED to know the answer – if the Scotland Act 1998 does not allow us a choice and our devolution in itself is just a whitewash – we should be ignoring Holyrood and looking at a big push on getting the covenant signed and ready,,, or at least start thinking on other strategies. There are plenty of options, it’s just finding the most feasible ones and keeping things running concurrently so they are all moving targets.

    50. Lothianlad says:

      What is utterly vile us not just that they are covering up corruption, but, they sell the lies that this is an open and transparent democracy!.

      I could understand this happening in a unionist administration, not that that makes it right, but, this is an SNP government!

      A few years ago I had a tour of the Scottish parliament building. All the doors are glass and see through as a symbol that the people see everything the politicians are doing and that all is transparent.

      How ironic that this symbol is simply that.

      There are also spit, gender neutral figures on the walls of the debating chamber to symbolise that the people are watching.

      Perhaps this symbolism was designed to be to be misleading all along!

      Corruption hiding in plain sight masquerading as democracy and justice.

      Keep posting stu, it’s the only way the truth is getting out just now

    51. Contrary says:

      @RevStu

      Can I appeal to you to listen in to the s.30 case and report back to us on it?

    52. Robert Hughes says:

      Cheers Willie – My comment above was intended as an absolute affirmation of belief in the rightness and necessity of Independence and an attempt to encourage people not to give way to despondency .

      The fight is very much NOT over , in fact ….it’s only just begun

    53. Steve davison says:

      A lot of emotions on display over the last few days a lot of people feeling both let down and vindicated depending how they thought the SNP effort was going .At present this last news tends to make you think that the pendulum has swung towards NS and the gang not been brought to account and hoping to cling on to the gravy train .The truth is the pendulum has a lot more swings in it before this story ends and the frustration is how to influence it for the good.A good place to start would be to focus on the facts and make sure people around you are aware of them as the media cannot be relied on to do that When the cards eventually fall then it will have to be dealt with .The nose in trough self serving must not be allowed to forget that they have caused this situation and must pay the piper

    54. Stuart MacKay says:

      So what’s in it for Fabiani? She’s stepping down in May so why go along with the conspiracy?

      @Breeks that’s pretty hard-core tin-foil! Awesome stuff though and it does explain a lot. Would make a great plot for a book or film if you ever want to try your hand at something else.

      Having said that it’s important not to give your adversaries power that does not exist. If this is all the work of MI5 then it’s more important to see where you’re being pushed rather than where you’ve been and how you got there. So rather than lament at how Holyrood now seems to be working against the country’s interests we should be thinking of taking an unexpected turn that invalidates everything that’s happened up to now.

      Thanks to Nicola, there will be plenty of time for retroactive prosecutions once we’re free.

    55. Tartanpigsy says:

      ” David F says:
      21 January, 2021 at 2:31 am

      As I posted on the previous story, there is a perfectly obvious reason why Geoff Aberdein’s evidence is being withheld from the committee and from the public.

      And it works out very conveniently and just perfectly for that lying shitsack Sturgeon and her lying shitsack fellow conspirators, because no one who know what it is can say what it is.”

      And not just that, it makes the level of collusion and corruption so blindingly obvious everyone would see it, as well as seeing the other thing, what thing, eh, I dunno, carry on, as you were.

    56. Mist001 says:

      I’ve been trying to tell people here for weeks that Sturgeon is bulletproof and is going nowhere and here we are, at last some people are waking up to this fact.

      YOU have been given a choice now.

      Do YOU continue to vote SNP and become complicit in this corruption like all the MSPs? If YOU vote SNP, YOU are condoning this behaviour and become as much a part of it as they are.

      What’s more important? Independence, which you’re never going to get with this lot in charge of administering Scotland or cleaning out this cesspit of corruption which means taking the pain of a Tory/coalition led Scottish parliament who BTW, are just as corrupt as the SNP.

      Scotland needs a revolution, a rebellion but unfortunately, Scots don’t have in them to take direct action, so the future for Scotland is simply sucking up more of the same.

      Absolutely shameful and I feel embarrassed to be Scottish. Luckily outside the UK, Scotland is seen as a small parochial part of the UK, if it’s even thought about at all, so I won’t take any flak but that doesn’t make me feel any better.

    57. Nally Anders says:

      Tartanpigsy
      Agree wholeheartedly.
      When you see it, what a perfectly corrupt set up.

    58. X_Sticks says:

      One question Stuart, who is it that decides what evidence can be seen? Is it Fabiani ot the LA?

      Like many others I’m about scunnered with it all. The feeling of betrayal cuts deep.

      I’ve spent thousands of hours, thousands of £, traveled thousands of miles and marched 100s of miles with my Saltire in a vain hope we might get to an independent country free from corrupt westminster rule.

      We trusted the bus driver, sure he would eventually get us home safe, but when we return to the bus we find he’s pissed on the electrics, shat on the seats and slashed the tyres.

      Hope of a better country is rapidly disappearing into the far distance. A horizon that I’m becoming certain I’ll never see now.

      I’m hanging in until May, but if, as I believe, the election will be rigged or delayed to prevent any large independence supporting majority, we’re fucked. And Johnson and co will have all the legal levers they require to lock Scotland up just like Madrid has done with Catalonia. (And don’t bother with the “but we’re not Catalonia” nonsense, yes, I know that but they’re going to do it anyway. It’s a large part of what brexit has been about). Scotland’s only recourse will then be the UN which will not help us as it will be seen as causing problems for one of their permenant security council members. European Court will be out of the picture thanks to brexit. The Supreme Court of England? Give me a break.

      Some will suggest that the new POTUS will support us. Anyone who thinks that doesn’t understand global politics. He might be of Irish descent and he may well help Ireland along, but you can forget any help for us coming from that direction. Why? UN Security Council and Trident.

      Reality is we’re fucked every which way.

      So, as I say, May.

      Unless something changes radically by then I will be out. Completely out.

    59. Tannadice Boy says:

      A disappointing development. The Inquiry team perhaps will split along partisan lines with four of them refusing to sign off the findings. Another example to note for future reform of the committee system. The Parliament themselves have to grasp the initiative. Cole-Hamilton’s third vote?. VONC? This is transforming into more than political play to win an election but a malicious effort to cover up corruption. So the SNP could have a one line manifesto. Keeping people out of jail.

    60. Captain Yossarian says:

      Is there not at least a prospect of the Secretary of State for Scotland intervening?

      He’s in charge of the devolution settlement and it strikes me that at this point it falls to him to intervene and ensure proper governance and the application of legal principles are applied in Scotland.

    61. David Caledonia says:

      We must get the message out to the general public and the snp voters in particular about what these crooks are doing.
      We must have a scottish government and a justice system that is impartial and is seen to be impartial.
      As they say in america we have to drain the swamp and get rid of all these liars and crooks if scotland is to progress into a country that we can all be proud of.
      Its time for some real action, if the crooks are still running the show come may, we have a duty to convince our people not to vote for them, the snp is finished as a credible option now for our independence

    62. robertknight says:

      All the individuals, the High Officers of State, and the institutions that we’re supposed to hold in high esteem and who we are told exist for our benefit…

      The First Minister
      The Deputy First Minister
      The Lord Advocate
      The Scottish Government
      The Scottish Parliament
      The Scottish Justiciary
      The Civil Service
      Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition
      The Press

      All these “pillars of our society”.

      I’m at a loss to say anything other than a string of profanity, which achieves nothing.

      Suffice to say, We-See-You.

    63. holymacmoses says:

      I wonder if Mr Aberdein’s current role as Global Head of Public Affairs of Opportunity North East which he got in 2017 and the appointment of Sir Ian Wood (Chair of Opportunity North East) to the board of a new UK Government Business recovery plan named ‘Build Back Better Council’ (announced Monday 18th January 2021) might be interconnected in any way?

    64. Captain Yossarian says:

      Compare this with the Grenfell Inquiry which is led by a judge, not a parliamentarian, and you will see how a real inquiry works.

    65. holymacmoses says:

      Wings

      “There’s no limit to what a man can do, or where he can go, if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”

      I might add the corollary:

      “There’s no limit to how long a First Minister might remain in post, as long as they don’t care how many lies are told and reputations destroyed to facilitate the process”

    66. Socrates MacSporran says:

      It now seems clear, Sturgeon will not: “Do the right thing” and resign. She will go down with her ship under the tsunami of shite which the Yoons and their media puppets will throw at them come the Holyrood Election.

      Even if the majority of the electorate hold their noses and vote back in an SNP government, then Baw Jaws will probably invoke Plan B and find a way: “In these unique times and in the cause of national unity,” to shut-down Holyrood and put us back under English control.

      I just wonder, what’s in it for the likes of Fabiani? Were she a Tory or a Labour politician, in the final months of her active political life, she could be controlled by the promise of a nice ermine cloak and a sinecure for life in that “Other Place.”

      But, the SNP does not play that London game – so, what’s in it for her? Is she simply a big ferartie who has been bought lock, stock and barrel by the Murrells.

      How typically Scottish the whole clusterfuck has become.

    67. TJenny says:

      X_Sticks – Ach man, you cannae gie up. WE are all that Scotland has to gain her Independence. If not us, then who? Please don’t lose heart.

      Breeks – and for Angus’s involevement in both his and AS’s lost seats, he has now been rewarded by being parachuted into Edinburgh Central as the king -in – waiting to be annointed by NS as successor when she steps down to pastures new after an SNP win in May. Plus a nominaton on the list for a seat far away from Ed Central, for his horrendous, harridan of a wife .

    68. holymacmoses says:

      I think she’ll wait until it suits WM for her to leave and then do a more subtle Ruth Davidson

    69. Ottomanboi says:

      The National getting off on UK wide Covid Fascism.
      The only cure for that is popular revolution.
      Bring it all down!

      The National really ought to be called The Mole.

    70. ScottieDog says:

      “ But, the SNP does not play that London game –”

      Not so sure any more. Ask benny Higgins and Charlotte street partners.

    71. Effijy says:

      When you see clips of the news from North Korea
      and the translator tells you the farcical statements
      that the nation’s dictator wants read out with passion
      and conviction, you feel so sorry for everyone in the
      country except Kim Jung Un.

      Thank God we don’t have lies and make believe leading the
      headlines here.

      I’m afraid we now have it.
      Perhaps by taking out the crackpot in charge their country could
      find real democracy and have a cross section of leaders answerable
      directly to the people?

      Here we have 2 parliament rotten to the core.
      One we held dearer as we had found sight of the others long term lies and
      corruption that has suppressed us for hundreds of years.
      We built our David up to taken Goliath as others had done successfully in the past.

      Now we are devastated to find our closest allies refuse point blank to let us see how they operate,
      They try to wrongfully slander, ruin and imprison those who seek transparency and justice.

      This will be the thin edge of the wedge if these people are allowed to continue.
      They will have a free hand to commit crime after crime confident of being able to cover it all up.

      Never, never can we allow this to perpetuate or we will live our lives in yet another banana republic
      where those in power can decide by how many votes they want to win, what friends get the big contracts, what opposition should be crushed into oblivion.

      It must stop here!

      Now how do we respond in numbers to say this will not prevail.

    72. holymacmoses says:

      There’s nothing much to lose by getting the whole sorry business published abroad very quickly

    73. Mac says:

      The SNP have been overrun. Everything Nicola has done since becoming leader has been to poison the well and crucially, demoralize the independence movement.

      It has been so methodical and systematic that anyone who still thinks it is just a coincidence is IMHO delusional at this point.

      We are definitely in a boiling frogs situation now. People have almost got used to it.

      The transformation of the SNP into this corrupt cowering collection of forelock tugging shitbags over the last six years under Nicola is astounding.

      We as the voters do have a solution here. Clean them out. All it would take is one election cycle in Holyrood and Westminster.

      The SNP are not the independence movement. We all are. We need to remind them of that.

      None of these Sturgeonite crapbags are going to do anything anyway. They are filling the shoes of people who should be there instead of them.

      Collapse the vote for one cycle, it will precipitate the exit of Sturgeon and Murrell and the horrendous wokerati infestation that came with it.

      Destroying the abomination that is the current SNP regime will be cathartic, cleansing for the independence movement.

      It is not surprising that the leadership was infiltrated. But that takes time to do and we can reset it very quickly by cleaning them out and replacing them with new people at the next cycle.

      They are not going to find and get a new Nicola so easily. It took them a long time to get her ‘in place’. Which is why they are so reluctant to let her fall. She is an ‘asset’.

      But we have the power to just keep wiping the slate clean if we even get the faintest hint of infiltration. (We are so far past the point of a whiff here it is beyond belief. Nicola is honking of it. Reeking.)

      I don’t even think wiping them out for one cycle is putting us back 4 years. I think it is the shortest route by far at this point.

    74. Mia says:

      Is that why they put Fabiani as convener?

      Because she is about to retire so she cannot lose her seat no matter how much shit she throws on the table and how much of a fool of herself, the committee and the public she makes?

      This is disgusting and a brazen insult to the taxpayers who are paying for that mess and the salaries of all those people. Smoke and mirrors, a pretence of justice and democracy that ends up being another stitch up of justice and democracy. It seems very clear that Fabiani never had any intention to throw this liar standing as FM out, only to cover her corrupt arse.

      What gets at me is how weak, gullible and how little integrity all those who are willing to go along with this, starting by Fabiani, the committee, those civil servants, the lord advocate and all the rest have. A parcel of rogues, the lot of them.

      Now I finally understand all those who say Holyrood is nothing but a pretend parliament. It indeed is, this proves it. It is just another sewer full of unscrupulous useful idiots doing the dirty work for the English establishment, and oh boy the work is dirty.

      Shame on you Fabiani. You are telling with your reprehensible actions you are just prepared to chair a farce so justice and democracy can be bypassed. And for the sake of whom?

      May your name go down in the history books as the woman who transformed the integrity and ethics of Scotland’s government and Scotland’s ministerial code into wet toilet paper.

      Don’t expect us to thank you for that.

    75. David Caledonia says:

      I put on morning tv today thursday 21/01/2021 something i never do as its a load of dross anyway.
      A buffoon called Piers Morgan stated that trump was responsible for an insurrection in america, and then this absolute cretin went on to say that the media has to see both sides and hold President Binden to the same scrutiny as they did trump.
      If he was an honest journalist he could not have said that trump was responsible for the trouble in washington a few days ago, because we all heard and saw what trump said and he never said what the democrats are accusing him of.
      Piers Morgan was in charge of the mirror when they where part of the phone hacking, he new all about it, but tried to wriggle out of the responsibility for it, he was got rid of anyway.
      But how this cretin is employed by any tv company is beyond me, he even went on holiday to sunny climes while telling everyone else that if you did not obey the covid rules you have blood on your hands.
      This is the union we are part of, and people like him are the problem and indicate why its corrupt to the core

    76. Breeks says:

      Willie says:
      21 January, 2021 at 7:50 am
      Robert Hughes @ 7.23

      I certainly don’t think that the independence battle has been lost. Far from it.But together we need to get all the right things into place in what is a moving chess board.

      Neither do I, and I apologise I gave that impression.

      The question before Scotland is how we best confound and frustrate the corruption, and defeat it in it’s objectives.

      I fear however that Holyrood is surrounded by a passive conspiracy of its own… Scotland’s devolved “Parliament ” suffers from the same affliction as Scotland’s devolved “Government”… It is dressing up to be one thing, but when look up close, you see it’s wearing a costume instead of a uniform. It is all artificial. But most of all, if it bows to Westminster, then it isn’t our Government, it’s theirs.

      Scotland MUST ask itself the question whether a Constitutionally Sovereign people can ever be properly represented by a “devolved” legislature masquerading as our bold and resolute “Government” whenever there’s an Election on the horizon, but shrivelling up to the meek status of a County Council in between times. Scotland won’t be Brexited against it’s will!… Oh, OK then.

      There is whole raft of “sloppy” omissions in this “Government”. For example, people point out the conflict of Interest with the The Lord Advocate’s independence when he sits in Cabinet advising the “Government”. So where is the protocol which expressly forbids it? How is that prohibition enforced? How does that work in reality? Does it put Scotland’s famously independent Legal System at the beck and call of a devolved Committee? Questions, questions, questions…

      There is a similar issue with the SNP being run by a married couple, but that’s the SNP’s business.

      There is an absence of Impeachment protocol to hold a rogue Scottish Government to account. There are no prohibitions on statute, and no enforcement mechanisms to back them up if there were. We currently have a criminal conspiracy being prosecuted by Parliamentary Committee without the police being involved and witnesses being excluded. Lucky it wasn’t anything serious like a murder eh?

      And there is no codification of Scotland’s Constitutional Sovereignty anywhere, apart from tangential reference to the Claim of Right. This simply isn’t good enough, and surely invites our exploitation.

      I think we must change tack as a movement, and reinforce the narrative that the United Kingdom is a loveless marriage with Scotland chained to an abusive partner. It was a contract between two people, which didn’t magically create one ‘person’ stripped of individuality forevermore, it remained, throughout, a contract between two equal partners. Scottish Independence is quite literally our divorce. It’s a process of disentanglement, not disembowelment.

      Do not over complicate the simplicity of the single treaty which binds us, and do not succumb to the belief that Scotland would exit this unholy marriage robbed of all its wealth and dignity and somehow ‘incomplete’. Do not give in to despair that there is no way out. Speak to a UN lawyer and have him inform us of your constitutional rights which we ‘appear’ to have forgotten.

    77. MaggieC says:

      I have two questions regarding Geoff Aberdein’s evidence ,

      1. Who is stopping the Committee from seeing his evidence ?

      2. Has James Hamilton asked for Geoff Aberdein’s evidence regarding his inquiry into whether Nicola Sturgeon broke the ministerial code ?

      Someone needs to be held accountable to answer these questions .

      This is total corruption within the Scottish Government and Parliament and we need answers . I sincerely hope that Alex Salmond brings the whole lot of them down but that is proving to be more difficult with the restrictions placed on him giving evidence to the Committee .

    78. TruthForDummies says:

      No one should vote SNP in May if you do you are condoning this behaviour. You are part of the coverup. Everyone that knows just how corrupt the SNP is is also corrupt if they vote for them.

      We come up with words to write in the constituency ballot to spoil it ‘Can’t vote SNP because they are corrupt’
      What you say is read out by the returning officer to candidates and agents at the count.
      1000’s of spoilt first votes would have an impact
      Then vote for a pro-indy party on the List.

      There are two ballot papers so spoiling your first doesn’t effect your second.

      The likely outcome would probably be a small pro-indy majority. As long as the pro-indy list vote was strong enough. But the SNP entirely reliant on the list party to be in power.

      But of course it risks the unionists but honestly I don’t see that it makes any difference SNP majority or unionist

    79. Achnababan says:

      What is preventing the publication of the submission to the Enquiry from Mr Aberdein?

      Why cant he simply ask a friend to send it to the Rev on Wings (suitably redacted of any details that might stray into contempt of court territory)?

    80. Black Joan says:

      There is still the matter of the large amount of missing “ring-fenced” money, solicited from and donated by SNP members and non-members for specific purposes.

      So, to borrow a favourite Inner Party expression, the more fronts they have to firefight on, the better.

      If this money has disappeared,and/or if some of it has been used to compensate the Brexit Party for the Daddy Bear’s ill-judged utterances, the SNP (CEO and Leader) have presided over something that looks like it could be fraud. At the least, money solicited for an indy ref 2 campaign and a document to be delivered to every household, would have been diverted for Party reasons and therefore could be said to have been obtained under false pretences or used for inappropriate purposes.

      We know how the least suspicion of wrongdoing or even wrong thinking sees non Inner Party favourites ostracised instantly, but there is still no suggestion of anyone being made to explain the fate of the money supposedly “woven through” the accounts. A CEO and Leader who fail to react to that with instant horror and resignations must be regarded as complicit, given their readiness to ditch other people for mere suspicion of lesser deviations from the straight and narrow.

      I did not contribute to these appeals for cash, but could those that did, kick up more of a fuss, please, (before the latest Task Force is held up as justification for spending) and demand answers and resignations? I know the Rev is seeking answers from the new Treasurer. Quite possibly the old Treasurer will be made an example of, eventually, if anything murky comes to light, (and this topic, too, could likely be weaponised by unionists near to the election) but why no instant suspensions from the Party that demands purity of word, thought and deed (with certain obvious exceptions)?

    81. 100%Yes says:

      Let defend the undependable and once you do that your no better than the person your defending.

    82. Muscleguy says:

      The one person both willing and able to relate what transpired in that meeting will not be asked to do so. You couldn’t make it up.

      Closed eyes and ears to the manifest truth.

      Just like Sturgeon closed hers to the harms GRA will cause to women and girls.

      We have an utterly corrupt politics in Scotland folks.

    83. Breeks says:

      TJenny says:
      21 January, 2021 at 9:21 am

      Breeks – and for Angus’s involevement in both his and AS’s lost seats, he has now been rewarded by being parachuted into Edinburgh Central as the king -in – waiting to be annointed by NS..

      Yes, I’m not a fan, but in 2017, I think the dark hand of Unionism wanted to crow about a Tory resurrection under Davidson, and a decapitated SNP. I think Angus Robertson was merely expendable collateral, and perhaps hadn’t even succumbed to the dark side. I kinda thought Angus was one of the good guys, but maybe the radar wasn’t fine tuned back then.

      Or, as you say, he is now being rewarded for his pains.

    84. Bob Mack says:

      Lets face it folks. Its all a bit of a mess. It looks very much like justice will be denied to Alex ,to us, and to the Independence movement as a whole.

      Where do we go from here?

      Personally I have given up on the SNP and not just because of the corruption. I primarily believe their route to Independence is nothing more than a cul de sac .

      At least I have taken action when I joined the ISP. I know what they prioritise at least.

      My good lady and I were talking about this very subject last night. I suppose its time for soul searching.

      The choices before us are difficult. Do we try to reclaim the SNP from the frightened leadership and representatives, or do we cast them adrift and move on to something else?

      Either way takes time, and its time we really don’t have to spare.We all know that now.

      I feel a deep sense of betrayal. Its crazy ,but its like my wife telling me she’s leaving me for somebody else without telling me why. Thats how it feels right now.

      Political party’s come and go, as do we voters. Something that remains constant however is the desire to be free. Its as old as civilisation.I have instilled it in my sons, my daughters and grandchildren. Will the SNP hell me create a reality of that vision?

      In words yes. In actions no. I move on to another route, having lost faith in those words.

      We are not helpless. We stand together and we act together.

      None of us here have,and will not break our promise to talk,walk and vote for freedom. Those who lead us have.

      We rebuild what is damaged. We move on.

    85. Breeks says:

      … or being groomed as a useful replacement for future requirements.

    86. Mia says:

      “No one should vote SNP in May if you do you are condoning this behaviour”

      The correct instruction would be: “no one should vote in May, if you do you are condoning this behaviour”.

      It is true that Sturgeon, Swinney and Fabiani are SNP, but the rest of the committee includes people from other political parties, the parliament itself that is allowing this farce to continue is integrated by several different parties and all those civil servants involved on this are UK civil servants responding to bosses down south.

      I do not hear any of them standing up to Fabiani, Swinney and Sturgeon and demanding that evidence to be released. I do not see any from the committee standing up to Fabiani and demanding that either she resigns or she allows the evidence necessary for them to do their work to reach them, otherwise they will stand down.

      There is an obvious collusion of interest here among all those actors. This is an assault on our democratic rights because they are deliberately stopping the information that would allow us to make an informed decision on who to vote for in the next election, reaching us. They expect us to vote blind, so all those corrupt parties and actors stand a chance. This is not democracy, this is colonialism in its most raw form.

      The message we are receiving from Scotland’s parliament, Fabiani, the COPFS and Sturgeon’s government is that corruption will only be erased in Scotland with even more corruption and that our government, parliament, codes of conduct, ministerial codes etc, are not worth the paper they are written on. Welcome to the European Somalia.

      This is not just the SNP’s doing. They would have never succeeded on this, they would have never managed to place somebody as evidently biased as Fabiani in control of the committee or would ever succeed in denying so much evidence to the committee and even to the judicial review and criminal case if they were not supported by the other parties and the establishment at large.

      I think we have just discovered that Scotland’s democracy, government and parliament does not exist. What we have is ghost buildings standing on no foundations so the English establishment can demolish them any point of its liking whenever it feels its interests threatened, just like this time.

    87. Mac says:

      Somebody definitely needs to leak it all. It so obviously in the public interest now.

      If Alex did it and they jailed him I would consider him a political prisoner on a par with folk like Vaclav Havel (another thoroughly decent man and leader). It would backfire on them badly…

      These people are bullies. They are just trying to intimidate us into silence. Fuck them.

      That said, we simply can’t afford to lose this site. It is one of the last lights in the darkness. It can’t be snuffed out so give them no excuse.

    88. Daisy Walker says:

      Be good if the Irish Times published the whole sordid, corrupt scandal.

      So, just to recap a bit, in the lead up to the aSnp November conference, a flurry of polls (odd in and of itself, since there had been almost none in the year leading up) showed support for Indy at high 50% mark – but just shy of the 60% line in the SNP’s sand that would enable them to start the Indy process.

      The not so fab, Fabiano enquiry was on a go slow, and no damaging details came out before conference.

      And so, at conference, any chance a VONC in st Nicola, was drowned out by shouts of ‘look at the polls’.

      Now, post brexit and deep brexshit, with the Jan SNP conference about on us, and calls for a plebiscite Indy election now fully within the yes community, we have the Fabiani enquiry getting rigged, and a recent poll showing a significant drop in support for Indy back to 50/50 levels….. when the most high profile thing in the news is all the bad publicity of brexshit, oh and more COVID lockdown, to add to the doom and gloom.

      How very, very convenient, for st Nicola.

      There is a great deal of professional experience btl, from all walks of life. I’m sure many of you will be aware of standard workplace complaints procedures.

      When Linda Evans gave evidence last week, Hamilton-Cole asked very pertinent questions about the complaints process.

      LE prevaricated, but did answer. when notified about the complaints of harassment in the workplace, AS was not provided with an exact copy of the nature of the complaints – he was given the Scot Gov’s interpretation of same!

      And the complainer’s anonymity was being preserved, from AS!!! even at that stage of civil/employment proceedings!

      I’m not at all sure how one could Harrass someone in the workplace anonymously, or make a complaint of being harassed in the workplace by a work colleague, and have your anonymity preserved in an official enquiry. You sure as hell couldn’t conduct a proper defence under these circumstances.

      When workplace rules and regulations are unfair, the first group of people to suffer by them are women. The first group of people to avoid them, when they are unfair, are the people who need them most.

      Nicola Sturgeon – a qualified Lawyer, signed off on these procedures, which are blatantly, blindingly, unfair and STUPID, in order to take down a fellow Indy supporter.

    89. X_Sticks says:

      @TJenny

      Hi TJ, I hear you!

      I’m just so scunnered with all politics and politicians right now. When those you set trust in seem to be stabbing you in the back and preventing the truth coming out it really is the last straw. I used to think ‘our’ lot were better than this, but they’re working very hard to prove me wrong.

      As others have suggested I do think the british state is behind much of what we see happening, my own suspicion is that Evans and Murrell are the main motivators who have encouraged everything we don’t like about the current leadership, GRA, HCB and the whole wokerati crew. All are being used against us.

      I will never stop supporting Scottish independence, but my enthusiasm is at an all time low because I don’t see anything much changing in the foreseeable future and I’m not going to waste whatever is left of my life chasing fantasy rainbows. I have other rainbows I can chase and can influence for the good.

    90. Captain Yossarian says:

      @Mia – For me, a perfect summation of events at Holyrood. The legal profession and civil-service are now an organ of Holyrood. The public are expendable trash.

    91. Daisy Walker says:

      Re the last, I should have clarified, ‘I’m not at all sure how you can SEXUALLY harass someone in the workplace anonymously.’

    92. I see Biden has basciacally allowed any man who so wishes access to engage in womans sports womans safe spaces womans changing rooms,

      `Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.`

      as i said about a month ago `be careful what you wish for`,

      thon vice president has the pronoun pish on her twitter bio.

      Misogynists have won the day.

    93. Republicofscotland says:

      So it looks like justice won’t be served, lets pull it all down then, let us not vote for the SNP Tower of Babel come May’s elections or whenever they decide it will be held. As Robin McAlpine said, and it was too controversial for some, Sturgeon will hide behind Covid for the next five years, and independence will once again be kicked into the long grass.

      Its painful and difficult to comprehend but we need a fresh start a new beginning in the form of a real independence minded party made up of ordinary folk who have independence front and centre of their policies. The SNP is riddled with self serving egotistical folk who couldn’t give a damn about Scottish independence all they care about is slithering up the greasy political pole of advancement.

      There are some really decent folk in the SNP who’d be better served switching to a real indy party, and I’m sure they would jump at the chance if a party can be formed and maintained. There was a time when the SNP was the main driver of Scottish independence, I’m afraid that those days are long gone.

    94. kapelmeister says:

      The party that gave us the Hate Crime Bill doesn’t hate, but actually condones, crime.

    95. Hugh Jarse says:

      Song for Fabiani.
      The Fab 4, (money) Can’t buy me love.

      Unless she, and many others are planning on a foreign retirement, they should think hard on what the future holds for them.

      Cnuts like RC Davidson are what they are.

      Massey Ferguson’s however, are in a different league.
      Way beneath contempt.

      Hue & Cry, ‘looking for Linda ‘ also springs to mind.

    96. Alf Baird says:

      holymacmoses @ 9.09

      Well spotted, and as they say, ‘follow the money’.

      ONE looks like a massive talking shop of the usual great & good, i.e. KTs, OBEs and other assorted unionists.

      I somehow don’t think Salmond can depend on Aberdein.

    97. Mac says:

      When you find yourself in situations like we are in now, where things look overwhelming, bleak and dark there is one very good piece of advice to heed.

      ‘Don’t fight the darkness, just be the light.’

      The truth of it all is the ‘light’ here.

      Let’s get it out there… and let the chips fall where they may.

    98. stonefree says:

      @ Black Joan at 9:46 am

      The money was supposed to be “ring fenced” so it should be there Whether it is or isn’t , is not the question
      What people who donated NEED to do is demand their money back.
      From the SNP,
      Send a letter and give them 14 days to return it ,
      If they don’t sue, their arses off via the court.
      You don’t need a solicitor, It’s simple
      There are enough reasons to legitimately have the right to be entitled to a refund and costs
      And as for members of the SNP, You want to tell Sturgeon she had NO right to give Smith money.
      You can do it, The penaltycharges was people fighting back and PPI was the same ordinary people(they were taken over by businesses who saw the amount involved)

    99. Rev. Stuart Campbell says:

      “What is preventing the publication of the submission to the Enquiry from Mr Aberdein?

      Why cant he simply ask a friend to send it to the Rev on Wings (suitably redacted of any details that might stray into contempt of court territory)?”

      Because Geoff Aberdein doesn’t want any of this to be happening. He doesn’t want his name to be in the papers. He wishes it would all just go away.

    100. Effijy says:

      Too many people making bullets for others.

      If Alex just reveals all, he incredibly lands in prison for telling the truth.
      No shortage of examples of imprisonment for that same selfless act.

      What happens if someone used that same old chestnut to Daily Hail uses daily?
      One of our posters in a far off land such as Australia is posted copies of the real
      transcripts and the names of the Alphabet Liars.

      He says a trusted source close to-
      Says- here is both barrels.

      What could happen to that poster in Australia using a fake name?
      Nothing I presume?

      The fight needs dirty to fight the dirty.
      Moral high ground is a good place to be until lies, injustice and corruption
      are beating you to death!

    101. Alf Baird says:

      Effijy @ 9:29 am

      “Here we have 2 parliament rotten to the core.”

      Yep, and two layers of colonial oppression.

      As Fanon’s postcolonial literature tells us, the single dominant National Party and its pampered bourgeois elite aye “seeks an accommodation with colonialism”, which is never independence, and which involves smears and attacks on what they claim to be the more ‘radical’ elements seeking national liberation.

      The only solution to which is the creation of new bona fide National Parties, which is what we now see happening.

    102. Stuart MacKay says:

      Scot Finlayson

      I noticed that on the news. Biden mumbled some vague nonsense about under-represented groups. Then in the commentary afterwards it was presented as combating racism. Whether this was lazy journalism, collusion or a last stab in Trump’s direction I could not tell.

      Ah well, better them than us – for now.

    103. clem fandango says:

      It’s more important than ever for a third-party outwith Scotland to post the identities of the women. This is giving @NicolaSturgeon and others, a wall to hide behind, using this as a reason to hide their testimonies. Only then will the pyramid of lies, crumble.

    104. Hugh Jarse says:

      Which implies that some pressure might have been put on GA Stu. ?

      I still think that getting the SG legal advice re. Ecks civil case into public view, would be the tipping point.

    105. Achnababan says:

      X sticks – I share your sadness at these events (and its good to see you posting here again!).

      The SNP are not only throwing Independence under a bus they are also throwing the Scottish Parliament itself under the bus.

      For people who believed that the Parliament in Edinburgh would change politics for the better then their dream is dying too! The AS enquiry is a white wash.

      The SNP, even under AS, are a gradualist party and the closer they get to Independence the more gradual they become. This is clear now. They are the Stealthy National Party.

      I have voted for the SNP in every election since 1979 but not this one. I will vote for any party such as the ISP who are unequivocal on independence. Why – because I want Scotland to be different and to show the world good government works for the people. The current SNP is corrupt to its core at the senior level – they are not worth my vote.

      The ISP need a recognisable leader and some financial backing to have any chance of taking a meaningful number of seats come May …. look what Farage has achieved with his dark money and his ‘charismatic leadership (and shameful plugging by the BBC).

    106. Daisy Walker says:

      O/t,

      Our wheesht for Indy lot. I’m trying to understand their view point.

      In 2014/14, I think one of the reasons we lost, was because Indy was going to be such a lot of work and upheaval.

      I fully understand the fear about losing again, but it doesn’t even touch on the reluctance to campaign for Indy, and ensure the ground is covered now, rather than at the last minute.

      I also cannot understand their absolute blanking of the fact, that if Mays election is not plebiscite, regardless if SNP win lose or draw, Westminster will have a 5 year blank cheque to screw Scotland over as much as they like and dismantle Holyrood in front of our eyes.

      Why are they blind to that dangerous reality? If it is fear of losing, then in what way is the above not An even bigger loss.

      The evidence of the lacklustre campaign in 2017 GE, which saw the SNP high in the polls and low in the seats, should have warned them of the false comfort polls can provide. But like the terminally ill despearate for a miracle cure, they appear desperate to cling to their messiah, and deliberately blind to any evidence of her inadequacy/ deceipts.

      If May becomes a plebiscite Indy election for at least one party, it will get the option into the public lexicon.

      The next 5 years will then give the Westminster crew a choice – asset strip Scotland at full throttle, or do it in a slow way, with a sad face, and some better PR. They are not built for the latter.

      May’s election could also become the chance to rout the SNP, and sadly, they really need it. And build a new party from the ashes.

      the next GE becomes the Indy Plebiscite election which will win.

      Failure to use Mays election as a plebiscite, and to ask for a S30 after the election will result in exactly the same answer and situation as we have now. A mumbled reply, of now is not the time, tied in with an SNP leadership reluctant to actually carry out the request in a confident and clear manner.

      What is worrying is that WM appears to be the driving force in trying to ‘Postpone’ Mays election. It would be better for WM for Mays election to happen, since there is a distinct lack of time to campaign for a Plebiscite Indy vote, and consolidate the new party. So why are they doing so?

      What is it that they have got planned for us in the upcoming year that works to their favour. Remember, immediately after the election of the 56 SNP MPs they announc3d the Edinburgh Civil Service hub, and got it built in under 2 years. Ignore Boris, the power behind the thrown is extremely well organised and has a plan. All this posh about them bricking it, is false, and giving false comfort. We undeeestimate our enemy To our peril.

    107. Jim F. McIntosh says:

      Maybe we should have an inquiry into the inquiry

    108. Liz says:

      It seems Alex S was mistaken to place his faith in the committee.
      This is what happens when you are an honest person, you assume the best in others.

      I think the release of that article to the Belfast newspaper shows that he now realises justice will not be served by the inquiry.

      So what now? I don’t believe he will go for a judicial review this close to the Holyrood elections.

      I had a sleepless might thinking how the NS cabal has ruined the SNP.
      People are stupid, you still get the head in the sand Oor Nicola types thinks she’s great.

      We have the 3rd worse death rate in Europe, we’ve been lockdown for 11 months, our economy is trashed, and there is no sign that this is preventing any transmission or deaths, yet her approval ratings on Covid are high.
      You couldn’t make it up.

      The thought of Angus R as next FM and that b*tch of a wife of his in on a list seat, is enough to drive anyone round the bend.

      As for Biden, again people are stupid, he was upfront about putting trans rights at the forefront, he said as much.

    109. Achnababan says:

      Rev’s response above

      Understandable I suppose for an ambitious guy who works with powerful people (British Nationalist establishment mostly), but that submission is out there and can be published legally I am guessing.

      Also I am pretty sure AS and Duncan Hamilton know the exact nature of events verbatim so they could publish

      Failing that there is Julian Assange – oh wait he has been locked up as an innocent man for 5 years?

      I see the problem….

    110. Hugh Jarse says:

      Jim f
      You’ll first need a consultation group, to set the remit of the inquiry into the inquiry.

      🙂

    111. robertknight says:

      Mia @ 10:02

      “The correct instruction would be: “no one should vote in May, if you do you are condoning this behaviour”.”

      Sorry, but YOU’RE SO ABSOLUTELY WRONG!

      Not voting speaks of apathy.

      Spoiling your ballot paper with a few choice words speaks of anger and dissatisfaction AND spoilied ballots are counted and are seen by officials at the count and by those party representatives and candidates present.

      Pretty loud message would be sent if a sitting SNP MSP loses a seat by 2000 votes, and of the 2500 spoiled papers in that seat, 2100 were emblazoned with “INDY FOR SCOTLAND. STURGEON OUT”.

      Your Constituency vote could of course go to the ISP, which prevents any spin by Yoons on Scotland having no appetite for Indy in the event >50% of Constituency votes go to parties who (on paper) support Indy.

      In short, for me…

      Constituency = Spoiled (“INDY FOR SCOTLAND! STURGEON OUT!”)

      List = ISP

    112. Ingwe says:

      If the committee wishes to retain any integrity at all they must reverse this appalling decision. If the committee is split, those that don’t agree with the decision, should resign forthwith.

    113. kapelmeister says:

      The Scottish Notional Party – so called because their indy commitment is now merely notional – are an obstacle to Scotland’s freedom.

      Down with fakenats, troughnats, wokenats, tamenats and party patriots.

    114. robertknight says:

      “Your Constituency vote could of course go to the ISP,”

      Sorry – that should’ve been “List vote”

      Carry on…

    115. Alan Mackintosh says:

      Which list is Robertsons wife standing for? I thought she was soft on independence, so why would she want a job as an MSP?

    116. Captain Yossarian says:

      It does appear to me that Alex has the press firmly on his side. Like Watergate, they need to work and work in order to get the requisite amount of information to hand.

      That is underway and (I’ve mentioned this a number of times) Sophie Ridge’s interview with Sturgeon on Tuesday was shocking in that Sophie Ridge made it clear that she just didn’t believe Sturgeon.

      This is just not going to amount to nothing. Sometime soon a tipping point will be reached and Sky or the Daily Telegraph for example will publish.

      I think we are talking about weeks now….my guess is sometime in February.

      I notice John Swinney using the word ‘vainglorious’ in his Twitter page. It’s an excellent word and it surprised me that Swinney knew what it meant. He was using it to describe Trump but it could very well be used by many Scots to describe Swinney himself.

    117. Tony O'Neill says:

      Proof àgain if it was needed that the copfs is corrupt,I give you AS,RFC,al megrahi,and Craig Murray, and probably many more victims.

    118. Polly says:

      ‘Because Geoff Aberdein doesn’t want any of this to be happening. He doesn’t want his name to be in the papers. He wishes it would all just go away.’

      Indeed, and can anyone blame him. Salmond is a private citizen undoubtedly, but he is even more so since he was never a politician and has had a ‘proper’ job for a few years and just trying to get on with his life. He did the right thing and his behaviour in all this has been exemplary, so why would he break the law.

      And even the inquiry members are not really at fault since the law of protection of these women is being used against them. It’s that law, which these women are hiding behind while taking potshots at Salmond and anyone who tries to speak out in his support, or even who queries the facts behind it all, which needs to be looked at and challenged. No point tinkering around the edges since there seems no way to do so unless someone leaks more info, or is willing to break the law publicly.

      The law as to their anonymity needs challenged robustly on the grounds it is covering indications of a conspiracy, on the grounds some of these women have had more than one role in this whole thing, and on the grounds that they’ve been abusing that covering of anonymity by using it to their advantage probably from the beginning and certainly since the trial. If they want so much publicity they keep briefing the press or being shown to be willing to help press charges against others then the normal anonymity rules should not apply. Victim anonymity rules needs challenged in this case.

    119. X_Sticks says:

      @Achnababan

      Never been away, just gave up on the endless BTL merry-go-round bitching. 🙂

    120. James Horace says:

      So with Aberdein’s evidence now unlikely to see the light of day, what happens next?

      Is Nicola Sturgeon now 100% safe as FM? Will she continue to the election and well beyond?

      Stu, are you now far less confident that Sturgeon will need to resign, or does this latest development not change your assessment of the situation?

    121. Polly says:

      @ Captain Yossarian

      ‘It does appear to me that Alex has the press firmly on his side. Like Watergate, they need to work and work in order to get the requisite amount of information to hand.’

      Salmond has never had, and will never have the press on his side. Most of the press is firmly on the side against anyone in Scottish independence and that’s their role in all this, same as always. They’re against him and against Sturgeon and against us.

      I loved the book you were in but I’m rather surprised that taking your name from that character you don’t adhere to his principle they’re all out to get you. 🙂

    122. So we’re caught between a rock and a hard place. Don’t vote SNP, let some unionist coalition in and see the prospects of independence disappear over the horizon; vote SNP, condone this ridiculous state of affairs and see independence vanish just as fast.

      This is all totally depressing. I honestly thought we’d be better than this.

    123. Ron Maclean says:

      ‘They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can’t get away now.’ US Marine Lewis Puller

    124. Achnababan says:

      Alan MacIntosh – Angus Robertson is soft on Independence too. Very very soft!

    125. Captain Yossarian says:

      @Polly – I would agree to a point…the Scottish press are garbage and arguably have lifted the SNP coin, just like the legal profession has.

      Not so the UK press.

      Catch-22 was: ‘If you complain that you’ve gone mad then you cannot really be mad, because mad people don’t know they are mad…..you just leave that decision to us…..and we don’t think you are mad’

      That’s the principle we all need to think about. Holyrood politics eh!

    126. holymacmoses says:

      Wings
      Is England classed as a foreign country when it comes to legal anonymity?

    127. Republicofscotland says:

      Christ even Lesley Riddoch is having a go at the brilliant poll that shows a majority of Scots want May’s elections as an indy plebiscite.

      https://www.thenational.scot/news/19026340.lesley-riddoch-scotswomen-take-lead-gender-gap-yes-support-disappears/

    128. Sarah says:

      @ holymacmoses: No. Sadly.

    129. holymacmoses says:

      I have every sympathy With Geoff Aberdein and I don’t expect him to ruin a promising career by putting his head above the parapet yet again. He did it for the trial and I would be astonished if Mr Salmond would expect any more from the relatively young man.

    130. holymacmoses says:

      Sarah says:
      21 January, 2021 at 11:27 am
      @ holymacmoses: No. Sadly

      But Ireland is:-)

    131. Mia says:

      “Sorry, but YOU’RE SO ABSOLUTELY WRONG!”

      I am sure I am. By the look of it I have been wrong all along:

      I was wrong to trust Sturgeon when she asked for a mandate to hold indyref
      I was wrong to trust Blackford when he said that Scotland would not be dragged out of the EU against our will
      I was wrong to trust the SNP would deliver independence when we sent 56 SNP MPs to Westminster, then 35 and then 48
      I was wrong to think the SNP would never embrace Westminster’s sovereignty
      I was wrong to think the SNP would never attack its own supporters and its own members
      I was wrong to think the SNP would not enable Westminster to force brexit on us
      I was wrong to think the SNP would never hand our assets and powers to Westminster
      I was wrong to thing the SNP were honest when they claimed they were going to Westminster to settling up, not down
      I was wrong to trust Sturgeon when she said her government will cooperate fully with the inquiry
      I was wrong to think we had a healthy democracy in Scotland
      I was wrong to think Scotland’s government was something more than a branch of England’s government
      I was wrong to think Fabiani’s kangaroo committee were serious about their job
      I was wrong to think Holyrood was the reconvened Scottish Parliament.
      I was wrong to think the may role of the COPFS was to deliver justice rather than enabling corruption.
      I was wrong to think Sturgeon’s government would never throw taxpayers’ precious money to a civil and a criminal cases in order to reign in yes supporters and save the arse of corrupt conspirators.

      It seems to me I have got absolutely every single thing wrong. So yes, I am sure you are right and I probably got this one wrong too.

      But frankly, at this dark moment in time where all my beliefs have been shaken to their core, when the thick smoke that was making me think what I saw in front of me was a young democracy in progress has been dissipated by Fabiani, after it has become painfully obvious that democracy in Scotland, Scotland’s government and Scotland’s parliament do no exist other than in name and what we have in their place is colonial concoctions from England’s government and parliament, I honestly do not see what “following the colonial rules” and voting to legitimise their continue to hurt us will aid to other than keeping this farcical colonial pretence of “democracy” going.

    132. 100%Yes says:

      The best thing our citizens could do is not to VOTE for Sturgeon and try and stop her becoming FM again. 1 it would stop her delaying our right to be Independent for another 5yrs and 2 we’d be getting rid of a dictator once and for all, it is achievable if it was done right.

    133. Effijy says:

      Here is what you go through when you ask your independence lead
      Scottish government a simple question about our constitutional rights.

      Update on Peoples Action on Section 30

      Tomorrow it begins.
      A year of work, 6 hearings, a 5 person legal team & 3500 pages of legal arguments, precedents, authorities and evidence.
      We are as prepared as we can be. The movement has responded with the dedication I’ve come to expect from them and our legal team has risen to the challenge.
      Never forget that this is the people’s action.
      And so, like a thousand other activists in a thousand other causes, we wait for the dawn.

      I’d expect this of Westminster but is this Westminster’s action in another guise?

    134. Ebok says:

      Lots of (rightful) indignation on here, but surely what’s happening isn’t a surprise?
      It’s the way the system works – ‘It’s the system, stupid’.
      I recall a report, maybe 20 years ago, of an African leader telling Alex Salmond that Scotland was not ready for independence because ‘you are not oppressed enough’.
      Maybe this current lurch towards oppression is just another step on the path…maybe.
      But we are really up against something immensely powerful. For instance, divide and rule is now a fine art, a clever method of alienating disparate groups that would otherwise be natural allies against the perpetrators of oppression.

      Then there is the freefall in the standard of education in Scotland that has been ongoing for 15 years, while at the same time dumbing-down the population with reality and other garbage on telly (Springsteen – 57 channels and nothin’ on – 40 years ago!) while overseeing a population getting high on drugs. And if the population are indoctrinated into believing that they have too much to lose by change, it is going to be difficult.

      This didn’t just happen, it’s part of a strategy. And the FM or PM didn’t orchestrate this: although they may be culpable, they are low-middle managers obeying instruction, maybe on a par with vassals of 800 years ago.
      I sometimes console myself with doodling a rant. A passage from a previous post: –
      …But don’t dream of change
      It’s not in the plan
      The blueprint’s been developing
      Since before globalisation began
      They’ve infiltrated all levels
      With clandestine devils
      Now there’s a plethora
      Of hegemonies fixed in place
      A masterpiece of planning
      That you cannot retrace
      And as they take away
      Your freedom of speech
      Don’t break the rules
      Or they will impeach
      You cannot criticise
      Or say what you think…

    135. Josef Ó Luain says:

      There’s an auld lad in Dublin, a political broadcaster, journalist and non-practicing barrister, who would relish access to all this material. His name is Vincent Brown, long-time scourge of the Irish political establishment.

      That’s: Vincent Brown, citizen of the Republic of Ireland (hint, fucking hint!).

    136. John Alexander Ferguson says:

      We trust those we elect to be the guardians of the country and protectors of the people. They have shown to be untrustworthy, what is my vote worth? They make armistice day a mere circus. Shame on them.

    137. Flower of Scotland says:

      @Dave Beveridge 11.18am

      That is the conundrum. That is what many SNP folk say on twitter. They don’t want Unionists into the ScotParl but hate the fact that they would be condoning corruption in the SNP by voting for the SNP.

      I must say that in all the years I’ve been in the SNP I’ve NEVER not voted for the SNP in every election, sometimes holding my nose though. This is more than dislike though. I argue with myself all the time about what to do, but probably will vote SNP 1 and ISP 2. That’s of course if the election isn’t postponed and if there is a Plebiscite election. If not all bets are off!

    138. Breeks says:

      I feel a kinda mix of optimism and dread about Martin Keatings now…

      I hope it succeeds, but if all the obfuscation, obstruction and corruption prevails there too, I hope the wheesht for Indy folks finally wake up to the truth. Better late than never eh?

      Kinda surprised they haven’t tried to stitch up Martin Keatings yet. They must confident of cheating their way to ‘victory’ some other way.

    139. barrie gadgie says:

      so, wos is using ‘the times’ as an authoritative source, without questioning the writer’s conclusion. once upon a time he was critical of the msm, now he is a megaphone for it. sad.

    140. robertknight says:

      Mia

      I’m sat next to you feeling exactly the same things.

      But part of me recons there are those who would prefer if we didn’t bother our backsides and stayed at home, or went to the effort of posting our ballot. That they prefer apathy to dissent.

      So for that reason, I implore you to vote in May.

      And by “vote” I mean scrawl “Lying Bastards!” or whatever on your Constituency ballot, and vote ISP on the List to keep the Indy flame burning and stop the Yoons claiming “no appetite for Indy”.

      This is a shitty time for all the reasons we’re familiar with – clowns to the left, jokers to the right etc. don’t help matters.

      But come May, Spoil-1 and ISP-2 will be your chance to give the rogues a punch in the junk, so to speak, rather than staying at home and silently simmering.

    141. Iain Bruce says:

      Hi I wish to forward the press extract at the head of the story to my MP and MSP both of whom I’ve regarded as honourable people. (Maybe I was mistaken)
      Can you help with a reference/source as I subscribe to your meticulous standards of accuracy in communication..

    142. Breeks says:

      barrie gadgie says:
      21 January, 2021 at 11:48 am
      so, wos is using ‘the times’ as an authoritative source, without questioning the writer’s conclusion. once upon a time he was critical of the msm, now he is a megaphone for it. sad.

      Fucking cretin klaxon…

    143. holymacmoses says:

      The answer is to get as many ISP people on board and standing – that way we begin to have a lever.

    144. Colin Alexander says:

      “The SNP came into power promising a new type of government. Open, transparent, reforming.

      “They certainly aren’t open and it’s transparent that they treat the Scottish public with the same contempt as those that have gone before.

      “Cover-ups, denials, obstruction of justice, prolonging the suffering of those affected.

      “Disgraceful and disgusting.

      “Shame on you, Scottish Government.”

      “The victims of the injustices, the wrongs, are just problems to be concealed, so things look good”.

      “Where does that leave the indy supporters, now that all the eggs have gone into the devolutionist SNP’s basket and will sit there till they’ve gone rotten?

      Out the EU and out the game”.

      “10 December, 2017”

      ——————————————
      “I don’t believe an indyref will happen at all…The SNP are subservient devolutionists, bought and sold for UK Govt gold or rather lucrative MSP and MP salaries as the party of middle of the road devolution…”

      “15 July, 2017 at 9:58 am”
      ——————————————

      At least Stu and the rest of youse have now caught up with the reality of the SNP Scot Govt under Nicola Sturgeon.

      If only people had listened when I tried to warn the indy movement several years ago.

    145. Sylvia says:

      Breeks says 4:55 am “General Election. Bad smell about that, and it’s never gone away. I think it was rigged.” I agree with you 100%

      When I read the allegations in 2018, the word BEDCHAMBER jumped out at me, as it was not a 2018 word. “A woman told Scottish Government investigators how it took repeated requests to stop an alcohol-fuelled Alex Salmond’s advances in his official BEDCHAMBER”. “The Record has seen the wording of a detailed complaint”. Where did the word originate, the detailed complaint or the DR? It was obvious to me it was being used for sensationalism.

      Around the same time, I attended a SNP MP’s surgery (I had met with him on several previous occasions). I was/am the victim of a covert witch hunt and I suspected it had originated from the “highest office”. This witch hunt has been camouflaged as a secret joke to make it more believable for people to participate. I told the MP in August 2018 (with a caseworker present) these allegations had the same connotations as my witch hunt and I suspected the same perpetrators were responsible. I have been subjected to the usual ad hominem attacks and the smears unbelievable. What I have in my favour is I hold written evidence of the smears, that can easily be discredited once under scrutiny. Did the MP help me, NO-despite seeing the evidence. The story becomes worse as a SNP MSP is also aware of my story and failed to help me. For the position they hold and the evidence I have provided to them. the nation would be shocked – but they have been influenced as I am blocked, no matter where I go – that includes Police Scotland.

      Alex Salmond lost his seat in May 2017 and in Nov 2017 it was announced he had a contract with RT, to host a show. I believe this was somehow masterminded by the same perpetrators in an effort to weaken his support/position. I know nothing of the details of the contract, but I highly suspect he was offered something very lucrative “unable to refuse”. I do not believe RT are responsible for this, it goes much higher up the chain.

      Then came the allegations of sexual impropriety in Aug 2018. In Dec 2018 we saw the collapse of US Kaiam Corporation Livingstone – 350 staff sent home with no pay just before Christmas. This was a contract Alex Salmon signed in New York April 6, 2014, during Scotland Week and supported by a grant of £850,000 from the Scottish Enterprise – more discrediting.

      “ But all the way back in 2013 /2014 was a recurring smear that Alex Salmond was disliked by women” = subliminal messaging. Who would use such techniques?

      Back to my story, this recent witch hunt has been running since 2011. However, when I started to piece everything together it goes back much further. Almost 30 years ago I suffered an “abuse of Human Rights” when I was living just outside London. My case ended up in Strasbourg at the European Court of Human Rights but I did not win. Within certain circles, my case became very well known for the injustice I suffered. Through an organisation that was supporting me, I was asked to make a documentary for Channel 4’s flagship documentary series “Cutting Edge”. It took months and lots of emotional pain but I was determined my story (the truth) should be known. Shortly before broadcast, a gagging order was taken out against Channel 4 to stop the documentary going out for “legal reasons”. It claimed ‘Sub-Judice’ which was untrue, as I had exhausted the legal process. I was being silenced as “they” did not want the truth to be known and the lies that had been told about me.

      My story is like a jigsaw, but I have one piece missing. I was adopted at 10 weeks old, I knew this from the age of 6 and what information my adopted parents had been given was shared with me and the rest of the family. However, in 2018 on discovering the lies that were being told about me, I was able to relate this back to the same type of lies in my Human Rights case. Because of the nature of the case, I thought this must be about WHO I AM. I then applied to open the sealed documents that had been placed in the Court at the time of my adoption many years ago. To cut a long story short, the information in the documents is contrary to the information my adopted parents had been given (they’re now deceased). Birthlink put a trace on me, – the name of my biological mother on my original BC does not exist. I don’t exist, no adoption agency in Scotland has any trace of me including the agency it was claimed handled my adoption. SO, WHO AM I?

      I believe this is all the work of “Secret societies and rogue Intelligence”. As for the SNP MP and MSP, you should hang your heads in shame, as what you are covering up is criminal. I have protected your anonymity here, but that is not permanent.

    146. Sheepshagger says:

      This reeks of desperation.

    147. Lorna Campbell says:

      Breeks:

      “… Proof? I have none. But all the way back in 2013 /2014 was a recurring smear that Alex Salmond was disliked by women, but there was never so much as a grain of evidence to substantiate it… ”

      Before the 2014 referendum and after Mr Salmond left the FM ship, people I spoke to, all men, said that they did “not like that Alex Salmond”. All were Unionists and/or English Nationalist types. Invariably. I really do not believe that this whole mess was prompted by women disliking Mr Salmond. Personally, in my own dealings with him, I found him kind and helpful, and I was a supporter of his style of leadership.

      I think there are three distinct strands to this: 1. the desire within the SNPG to not have Mr Salmond lift his head in SNP politics again; 2. the Westminster/Whitehall input (making use of existing tensions, and by having people in place who were working for the British State); and, 3. the pseudo ‘woke’ element. A study of the Stonewall Diversity Champions network, which supplies advice and tools to government, public bodies, businesses, organizations, such as law firms, etc. is like a spider’s web and goes way, way beyond the trans issue, which, in effect, in merely a smokescreen and handy peg on which to hang its cap. The people behind it, who fund it (apart from government, that is) are rich businessmen in Big Tech, Big Pharma and Big Medicine. It is a self-perpetuating spider’s web of infiltration into every level and area of society, and even Stone itself is only the vanguard. It would be in the interests of this leftist group, dangling on the puppet strings of predatory capitalism, to sabotage independence. Even Westminster is not safe from its tentacles, and Brexit fits the bill, too.

      I don’t deny that the SNPG has brought the house down on itself, but, around it, are ideological warriors, ostensibly of the left, but being manipulated by the right. The Twitter mob that attacked Robin McAlpine were not misandrists, but part of the coterie around Nicola Sturgeon who have been infected by this ideology, who just happen to be female. Independence is not a priority for them at all; it is not even desirable. What has happened to the SNP is far, far worse than anything that BLiS has endured. If we continue to make this a woman-versus-man thing, we will be blinded to the reality of what is happening to the party at Holyrood. The administration is beyond saving, but so many of the FM’s faithful just cannot see it, so it will limp on, serving all three factions above, but not the Scottish people. Not independence.

      Mr Aberdein’s evidence is being withheld precisely because it is damning.

    148. @Stuart MacKay,

      a lot of money behind the misogynists and a lot of that money is in the social media giants, twitter,facebook etc,

      `we guarantee you a win , you give any man the legal right to take every hard won right from any woman`

      some man has just decided that a man`s rights supercede any woman`s rights,

      welcome to Biden world.

      `

    149. robertknight says:

      Sylvia

      Given what I’ve heard elsewhere, I find your story entirely credible. You have my sympathies.

    150. Annie 621 says:

      Alex needs a civil court case,
      and we can help.

    151. Sylvia says:

      robertknight at 12:29 Thank you – every word I have written is the truth. I have much more to tell – I am hoping Gordon Dangerfield and others read this…Thanks again

    152. 100%Yes says:

      By electing Nicola Sturgeon as FM we have basically given Scotland back to England indefinitely. Thanks to our FM (Nicola Sturgeon) the UK is just going to run Scotland directly.

    153. cirsium says:

      @Daisy Walker, 10.06

      Good summary take. The question which I had from the beginning was how could a professional lawyer approve a new workplace procedure which could be applied to someone who was no longer working in the workplace or employed in the workforce?

    154. Sarah says:

      @ holymacmoses: “but Ireland is”.

      It is indeed. I suggested a while ago that the SNP should set up a TV/radio station there.

      I have given the SNP much excellent advice over the years e.g. to work together with the brilliant people in Yes world – the Rev, Wee ginger [well, he was then], Lesley Riddoch – but they have never taken these ideas on board. Sigh.

    155. Polly says:

      @ Captain Yossarian

      ‘…the Scottish press are garbage and arguably have lifted the SNP coin, just like the legal profession has.
      Not so the UK press.’

      You’ve obviously misunderstood me, though I’m not sure how or why you’ve done that since what I said was pretty clear. Perhaps it wasn’t deliberate? It’s obvious you don’t agree even partially with what I said. Your belief that we need the UK press to come riding in on a white charger to clean up our regional corruption like heroes Woody and Bernie Is a rather unionist outlook isn’t it? Your designation captain wouldn’t be actual would it?

      For clarity – I do not believe the Scottish press are in the pocket of the SNP or the UK press are heroes here. The only difference, if there is one, might be UK press haven’t got the message to wait til closer to the Holyrood election to do more damage, they probably prefer to be seen to print a scoop. The Scottish papers, being more canny about politics here and probably much more invested in local political outcomes, wanted to hold fire. All the press are mostly garbage, but none are supportive of independence, the National is not really much use I feel.

      And I strongly dispute the legal profession as a whole is corrupt in any way. Some recent court judgments prove they are still pretty independent, and fair in dispensing justice, thankfully.

      I would argue the same goes for the civil service up here and the police and even politicians – there are undoubtedly some bad apples who have abused their positions and since they’re in higher positions, have created that assumption but the majority of the legal and civil service is no more corrupt than we thought it before.

      You should know from reading that book that appearance can be all and creating that appearance can be useful. Why you’re not more sceptical of all sides seems odd in someone who likes that book. Milo was a little runt.

    156. Sarah says:

      @ Sylvia at 12.34: I suggest you give your message to Gordon Dangerfield via the contact page on his blog.

    157. cirsium says:

      @Breeks, 9.37

      Scotland won’t be Brexited against it’s will!… Oh, OK then.

      That’s a neat description of the Sturgeon administration’s modus operandi.

    158. StuartM says:

      @Confused at 2:14

      Living outside the UK I had no prior knowledge of Gerry Hassan but in googling to check a reference to the Salmond trial I came across a blog post of his from about the time Salmond had applied for the judicial review. In this pile of nauseating drivel GH questioned why Salmond had launched a crowdfunder appeal – “why doesn’t he just fund it himself”. Because it wound up costing him in excess of half a million in legal fees, you numbnut!!! In Scotland’s legal system you only get as much justice as you can afford to pay for.

      Hassan also described Alex as “male, pale and past his use-by date” and who should make way for the young – presumably this means Hassan himself. So in addition to being sexist, Hassan is also racist and ageist to boot.

    159. Graham King says:

      John Main says:
      21 January, 2021 at 7:59 am
      ‘I always read the ads on bus shelters. I can’t be alone in that – there would be no ads if they were not a cost effective way of getting a message over to people who don’t spend their lives on social media.

      How much does an ad campaign cost? No fancy artwork, just a textual summary of information already in the public domain, and therefore not actionable in law.

      Perhaps such an ad campaign could be crowd funded? Just wondering.’

      I like that idea!

    160. Daisy Walker says:

      Sylvia,

      I feel for you. It’s not until one gets chewed up by the professions we trust, in our time of need, and they make an absolute mockery of evidence, fairness, and critical,logical thinking, that we start to have a differing view of society, and the checks and balances a decent society installs to prevent it.

      Sometimes all we can cling on to is our own values of decency, and refuse to relinquish same, no matter what.

      I used to say on this forum, that we would get Indy for Scotland with one bit of decency at a time, sadly, the btl commentators over on wgd, with their movable goalposts on what constitutes evidence, and decency, have somewhat rattled that assumption.

      Best wishes.

    161. holymacmoses says:

      Vincent Browne
      @vincentbrowne
      ·
      2 Nov 2020
      Many years ago, a senior minister phoned me saying he had a document which he wanted to leak to me but he couldn’t be seen to do so. I published the document. The same minister announced an inquiry into the leak!
      Vincent Browne
      @vincentbrowne
      ·
      2 Nov 2020
      The information imparted to me was certainly of public interest. Had I named the minister, the public thereafter would have been deprived of other leaked information affecting the public interest.

    162. cirsium says:

      https://sptnkne.ws/FcjU
      the podcast from Tommy Sheridan with Gordon Dangerfield gives a useful perspective on the inquiry.

    163. Sylvia says:

      Sarah @ 1:08. Thank you-done.

    164. Jim F. McIntosh says:

      Don’t think the outcome of the Martin Keatings hearing will make the slightest difference to the scottish gov. they will just ignore it. Same as they did to the 2 or 3 fine examples of a constitution that was given to them for consideration. Of course they would not want that if it put a stop to their wrong doing and manipulations and corruption. Just a thought but would it not be better for an independent Scotland to be run by a 7 or 9 people executive to make all policy decisions and there would be no abstentions so decisions would always get done. PLUS less chance of them being infiltrated/corrupted and all votes by the public going to party not person or personality.

    165. Sarah says:

      Sylvia: Best wishes. 🙂

    166. Sylvia says:

      Daisy Walker and Sarah – Thank you both – a little bit of kindness means so much .x

    167. Sarah says:

      @ Sylvia and Daisy: I’m looking forward to meeting you one day at a Wings knees-up in an independent and clean Scotland!

    168. Lynne says:

      @ Iain Bruce 11.53 am
      As with all the screenshots on Wings, the source is linked from the image, so can be found by clicking the image. In this case, it’s taken from:
      https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/alex-salmond-inquiry-committee-wont-get-nicola-sturgeon-key-evidence-t0r9frphz
      (paywalled)

    169. Gary says:

      An extremely clumsy whitewash that bears no scrutiny whatever. Just as well that the press won’t be scrutinising the fact they’re witholding evidence. They already have a juicy story, the truth of it is unimportant.

    170. tim foley says:

      corruption beyond corruption you can run but you cant hide the
      truth. it will come back and bite you eventually .n sturgen is
      very slippery but she cant hide the truth the news the media
      will get her there will always be a very big cloud over her
      head. i cant see how anyone can trust this dirty filthy
      corrupt person



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