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Time to shine a light

Posted on March 24, 2021 by

Alex Salmond’s spokesperson has issued the following statement this afternoon. We present it to readers unedited save for added emphasis of two sentences.

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STATEMENT FROM ALEX SALMOND AT CONCLUSION OF INQUIRIES

This is my third and final public statement on the subject of the parliamentary and Hamilton investigations and the Dunlop Review.

The Inquiries are over and despite their manifest limitations, the findings are in and must be accepted, just like the verdicts of juries and the judgements of courts.

A year ago, outside the High Court, I said that there was evidence which I wished to see the light of day. Some of that key material, including the government legal advice, eventually emerged through the Parliamentary Committee. Much of it did not.

A month ago, I gave public evidence to the Parliamentary Inquiry itself. I called for some in leadership positions to consider their position. It is in the public interest that such action be taken to prevent a damaging erosion of trust in the institutions of government. As the record shows I did not call for the resignation of the First Minister.

I have waited to see the response from those individuals to the publication of the reports. Unfortunately, it appears that the clear intention is to carry on regardless.

Thus I intend to take two specific actions which emerge directly from the findings of these reports.

First, the Parliamentary Committee has made clear that the catastrophic failures in this matter are not just systemic, but can properly be laid at the door of individuals, and in particular, the Permanent Secretary.

I was previously forced to take the Permanent Secretary to the Court of Session over the illegality of her actions and was successful. Despite being found responsible for that unlawful and unfair process and incurring a vast and avoidable cost to the taxpayer of over £600,000 in legal expenses, the Permanent Secretary did not offer her resignation on January 8th 2019.

Now, more than two years later, and despite the most damning condemnation from a Committee in the history of the modern Scottish Parliament, the Permanent Secretary still refuses to accept real responsibility.

Instead, the waste of public resources has continued to grow as has the impact on all the people concerned.

This cannot stand. I have therefore taken legal advice and will shortly be instructing my lawyers to bring proceedings in the Court of Session arising as a direct result of the conduct of the Permanent Secretary. I hope it is the only legal action that I am required to take.

I have complete faith in the outcome of that Court process, coming as it does with all the proper powers of recovery of documents and thus the ability to properly interrogate those individuals responsible, the absence of which so restricted the Parliamentary Committee.

Secondly, the report of Mr James Hamilton makes clear that the question of the leak of the story of the original complaints in August 2018 was not part of his remit but should instead be referred to the Police.

The Parliamentary Committee Report was fully condemnatory of that same leak noting the extreme level of damage to all concerned. I agree.

I will accordingly now make that complaint to the Police and allow them to discover who within the Scottish Government was responsible for passing these details to the Daily Record newspaper. I have every confidence that Police Scotland will pursue that matter with rigour.

I intend to make no further public comment on these issues and will leave the police and the courts to do their job.

Instead I intend to move on, just as Scotland should now move on to debate the key election issues before us all, principally economic recovery from the pandemic and the future independence of our country.

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    1. ScottieDog says:

      Good.

    2. Patsy Millar says:

      It’s called dignity under duress.

    3. faolie says:

      Wow!

      btw, is there a missing comma in the last sentence? ie should it read:

      Instead I intend to move on, just as Scotland should now move on, to debate the key election issues before us all, principally economic recovery from the pandemic and the future independence of our country.

      Thus, is Alex getting involved in the election in some way?

    4. Willie Jay says:

      “I have every confidence that Police Scotland will pursue that matter with rigour.”

      Whilst Mr Salmond must of course endorse the integrity of Police Scotland, before attempting to persuade them to investigate such a flagrant breach of the rules made by the DR newspaper with the able assistance of some clype from NS’s guvment, well, he has better faith than I have in Police Scotland, Gunga Din!

    5. Helen Yates says:

      Oh, good news indeed.

    6. Bob Costello says:

      Excellent, bloody excellent, well done Alex. A man who cares about Scotland

    7. Den Cairns says:

      Class in action AS – as usual.

    8. Eileen Carson says:

      The correct, very dignified and statesman-like response, I would expect no less.

    9. osakisushi says:

      Mr Salmond again comes across as solid, determined, and remains with his eyes on the main goal, our country.

    10. ScottieDog says:

      And puts police Scotland firmly on the spot

    11. aulbea1 says:

      Very dignified response. I would hope the police, now, do their job.

    12. Eileen Carson says:

      …. and she thought it was all over lol

    13. McLaurin says:

      At last an adult enters the room.

      I hope that wee jolly to the States was worth it. Might be the last time she gets abroad for a while.

    14. El Mariachi says:

      While I appreciate this statement has some good news in it, I can’t help but think that any police findings will not be acted upon by a politically compromised Crown Office.

      I’m also quite disappointed that he hasn’t made a move back to politics (as unlikely as that was always going to be). We’re absolutely fucked in Scotland on that front at the minute.

      Be interesting to see how things pan out I suppose.

    15. David H says:

      I hope Salmond’s witches are tossing and turning once again.

      All the best Eck.

    16. Cath says:

      Grand. Both reports clearly left legal options open, and I suspect in more ways than just these two. I hope he can gain justice, but more than that I hope the continued smears and persecution will stop now. It’s time the other side drew a line under this and moved on with equal grace. I won’t hold my breath…

    17. David H says:

      All the Jolly Boys and Girls on their tax payer funded holiday to Washington! A gutter press love affair.

    18. Anonymoose says:

      I fully stand behind Alex Salmond in this.

      He has given all involved every opportunity to demonstrate candor and credibility, at every turn they have rejected those opportunities outright.

      They had the Judicial Review, the Hamilton Report and the Scottish Parliament Harassment Inquiry as premium opportunities to do the right thing and NONE of them had the morality, good conscience or spine to come forward with the whole truth.

      Alex, if you need crowd funding to help you pursue these actions I will happily donate to the cause for you to seek redress for this sustained vindictive campaign against your good character and innocence.

    19. Jan Cowan says:

      Good to hear from Alex Salmond, a man who behaves as all politicians ought – with honesty and clarity of purpose.

      Thank you Alex.

    20. Ladylyon says:

      I knew he wouldn’t allow this farce to go on. Brilliant news indeed

    21. Giesabrek says:

      “I have therefore taken legal advice and will shortly be instructing my lawyers to bring proceedings in the Court of Session arising as a direct result of the conduct of the Permanent Secretary…
      I have complete faith in the outcome of that Court process, coming as it does with all the proper powers of recovery of documents and thus the ability to properly interrogate those individuals responsible, the absence of which so restricted the Parliamentary Committee.”

      If you you’d allow us to post GIFs Stu the perfect one for this statement would be a nuclear explosion! Perhaps Sturgeon isn’t untouchable after all, although I won’t make any judgements of my own until the judge has made theirs… The Scottish legal system has been shown to be far from impartial in some cases (such as your own defamation case and Craig Murray’s awful situation) but some judge-decreed results have surprised us, such as Mark Hirst’s and Salmond’s cases, although the evidence was so overwhelmingly in their favour it would’ve have been too obviously biased had the results gone in the opposite direction.

    22. Dinny Vote SNP says:

      “I have every confidence that Police Scotland will pursue that matter with rigour.” A wee bit tongue in cheek there I’d guess, from Alex.

      I for one am glad he is moving on to “the future independence of our country.” We sorely need him in there to fight the comfy slippers mañana brigade!

    23. fillofficer says:

      halle effin lujah
      the timing is perfect
      i sincerely hope that we get to crowdfund this
      just to show our support, after all the woe
      the FM dodged her court appearance last time
      stuttering sturgeon performance looms
      evans is toast

    24. The Dugs Paw says:

      A dignified response here’s hoping that this now gets closure.

    25. ALANM says:

      “The dream shall never die” – no fault of AS but it’s deid now.

    26. Glenn says:

      “I NEED AN ADULT! I NEED AN Adu….

      ….oh, there’s one!”

      Mon Alex!

    27. maureen says:

      Good! Lets hope the light is shone deep into this fiasco and justice brought out, along with those who sought to harm, kicking and screaming into the light of day

    28. Alison Brown says:

      Oh I do hope this is the beginning of the end for Leslie Evans. Without her participation this whole dreadful disaster would never have happened.
      I hope too, that the reputation of Police Scotland can, at least partially be redeemed by a thorough investigation into that shocking criminal leak to the Daily Record which left an innocent man’s reputation in tatters. Who ever is guilty should spend some lengthy time at her majesty’s pleasure!

    29. EdinScot says:

      Yes ! Let justice be done and be seen to be done. Squeaky bum time for a few tonight. As for Nicola Sturgeon, the court of public opinion will be her judge.

      Gaun Yersel Alex.

    30. Hatuey says:

      More court cases and cops.

      Does that last paragraph suggest he is ruling out some sort of return to politics?

    31. Glenn says:

      …. Let us know if he needs any money for the action….

      …..I can give him all those subs I used to give the Waffen SNP…….

    32. finnz says:

      And still Salmond attempting to get the last dregs of dignity out of the whole sorry episode.

      And the only possible outcome of this is… nothing.

    33. Monica Worley says:

      Have you seen that Craig has had to take his site down? I wish I had Alex’s professed confidence in our court system and police.

    34. fran says:

      I hope he has a crowd funder, he shouldn’t have to pay to get the truth out

    35. Terry says:

      The Right Honourable Alex Salmond. What a man and politician. Dignified and determined.

      We aint see the last of him and his bonnets – that’s for sure. And this will mean that Lesley Evans and the gang will have to testify in a proper court – ooh err!

      He shoots he scores.

    36. Keeno says:

      I am happy to contribute to crowdfunding for him if required

    37. Rev. Stuart Campbell says:

      “Does that last paragraph suggest he is ruling out some sort of return to politics?”

      That’s not how I read it, no.

    38. Dave Hansell says:

      “While I appreciate this statement has some good news in it, I can’t help but think that any police findings will not be acted upon by a politically compromised Crown Office.”

      Indeed. Even blatant perjury is given a green light by this corrupt criminal institution and those working in it.

    39. Rev. Stuart Campbell says:

      “And the only possible outcome of this is… nothing.”

      I would be extremely surprised if his court case against the Scottish Government was not successful.

    40. Grahame Case says:

      Alex Salmond is the calibre of person I wish we still had leading this great nation. Instead we have a pretender to the throne

    41. Bill Mackay says:

      Maybe now the arsehole who tweeted about Craig Murray go into jail and fearing for his life might suffer a bit of karma.

    42. David Holden says:

      The more you think about what action he is taking the more you realise how clever a strategy it is. If the leak to the Record comes from the person we suspect and the police do their job it will shine a light into a lot of dark murky corners. Likewise pressure on the Permanent Secretary and a court case could lead to a few others getting uncovered.

    43. Jim says:

      The ‘Wings’-ometer at the scottish government has just burst the scale.

      Top man, Mr Salmond remains.

    44. maureen says:

      Maintenance mode
      Temporary Blog Closure
      March 24, 2021 in Uncategorized by craig

      In view of our understanding that the High Court has found some articles on this blog to be in contempt of court, and in view of the fact that the Crown Office had sought to censor such a large range of articles, this blog has no choice but to go dark from 15.00 today until some time after tomorrow’s court hearing, when it will be specified to us precisely how much of the truth we have to expunge before we can bring the blog back up.

      This is a dark day for the entire team here. We will be looking to appeal this to the Supreme Court and if required (though we very much doubt it will be) to the European Court of Human Rights.

    45. AnneDon says:

      Alex Salmond is a class act. However, he has more faith in Police Scotland than they have given him reason to have. They seem to act at the ScotGov/COPFS’ private force at the moment.

    46. TOMMY SHERIDAN says:

      An action that should not be necessary because Evans and her senior associates should have been dismissed from their very high paid and powerful posts by now. The fact they are still in employment from the public purse is a disgrace. Good luck with the court action Alex. I also welcome the report to Police Scotland in connection with the criminal leak to the Daily Record from within the Scottish Government. I would love to share the optimism and confidence Alex has expressed in the police regarding this matter but I don’t. I hope I am proved wrong. As Alex says at the end now let’s get on with the most important job facing us – promoting and prioritising a socially just independent Scotland.

    47. Astonished says:

      “And the only possible outcome of this is… nothing.”

      You fuckin’ wish.

      Evans will have to pay substantial damages. Good.

      And the Lleaker will be facing significant jail time for perverting the course of justice. Doubleplus good as humza would force us to say.

    48. steelewires says:

      I’m pleased that Alex Salmond is taking these steps. I think he should sue Sturgeon for he smearing on TV during a Covid briefing. I also think he should sue the Alphabet women is that’s possible, especially woman H.

    49. Terry says:

      Come fill up my cup, come fill up can
      Come saddle my horses and call out my men
      Unhook the West Port, and let us gae free
      For it’s up with the bonnets o’ Bonnie Dundee

    50. Big Jock says:

      I have said before. This is a house of cards. If one topples, they all come crashing down. While Evans may be the direct target. She will not go quietly without exposing them all.

    51. Louise Hogg says:

      Thanks for that. Sounds like potential pursuit of the 2 who looked most guilty in January 2019.

      His ability to keep working round the numerous obstacles never ceases to amaze me. Decades of experience working round UK obstacles, I suppose.

      How does he have the patience?

      And for the rest of us: the economy and indy. Fair enough.

    52. I wonder what timescales we’ll be looking at here? I also wonder if the FM herself will find herself giving evidence? She looked like she had itching powder down her drawers in front of the committee so I don’t know how she’d cope in front of a judge.

    53. AwakeNotWoke says:

      He’s the better man, by a long distance. He’s still dependent on the machinery of justice playing fair though, what chance?

    54. Quoth the Raven says:

      A master strategist at work. Well done Alex. We salute you.

    55. Ian Mac says:

      So if someone should spray ‘Goan Alex Salmond’ on a wall, will they be threatened by the police, or will it be tweeted as a sign of a healthy democratic response to events?

    56. Monica Worley says:

      The police will have to decide whether to investigate the case of the leak, correct? I hope they think carefully on their decision.

    57. Kev says:

      Great news, though I wonder how much solid evidence is left for the police to figure out who leaked to the DR. We can only hope they do as it would be interesting to see if they fold under questioning and finally reveal Sturgeon’s role in it all.

    58. Rab mccann says:

      Professional and statesmanlike as always.

    59. tartanfever says:

      OK, so back to basic question from me.

      Will the court action require Evans and maybe others to take the stand and give evidence, under oath, under threat of perjury if they repeat their performance we saw in the Holyrood enquiry – ie, changing statements by correspondence in the following days ?

    60. Lulu Bells says:

      #I’m with Alex!

    61. Gerry Parker says:

      I hope the police put in as much effort to finding the culprit as they did in investigating Alex. How do we ensure this? Can we in any way prevent another whitewash?

    62. Ian Mac says:

      Sturgeon and Evans will go nuts and press the ‘smear Alex’ button once again. Alex deserves justice and this is now a test of the Scottish police and legal system to bring people to account and allow evidence to be publicly examined. What else can he do, in Sturgeon’s world he is supposed to slink away humiliated and beaten, with a falsely and maliciously acquired reputation. No person should have to live with that, after being cleared by the courts and winning his prior case.

    63. Sully says:

      This afternoon’s announcement brings to mind the Japanese proverb: “If you would shoot a general, shoot his horse first.”

    64. Bill Mackay says:

      This money would help fund things if we can find out who pocketed it…https://twitter.com/macnahgalla/status/1374742298572034049?s=21

    65. X_Sticks says:

      No doubt the Sturgeonistas will be raging that such a bad man (the boss says so) won’t go away.

      “Now, more than two years later, and despite the most damning condemnation from a Committee in the history of the modern Scottish Parliament, the Permanent Secretary still refuses to accept real responsibility.”

      And how much more of our money has this harridan pocketed in this time? How much more has she added to her humongous pension? Numbers the vast majority of us could only dream about.

      She should be forced to pay back the £600k+ she has cost the Scottish purse.

    66. Socrates MacSporran says:

      A wee tip from a sometime sub-editor Rev.

      Had I been you, I would have put the second paragraph of the statement, and in particular the final 11 words: “The Inquiries are over and despite their manifest limitations, the findings are in and must be accepted, just like the verdicts of juries and the judgements of courts,” in bold type.

    67. President Xiden says:

      Still, one thing to come out of this whole sorry affair is that the next time the police serve a search warrant on someone and that someone does not comply with it, then the polis will be unable to take any further action at that time until the Lord Advocate has considered the particular circumstances of that situation and determined whether or not a crime has been committed by the individual obstructing the police in their intended actions.

    68. Robert Louis says:

      Good. Let the lying barstewards squirm. The longer, the better. Soon they might know how it feels like to get hauled up to the high court.

      I wonder what the SNP’s ever-so-smug, utterly contmptuous ‘daddy’ in Stirling has to say now.

      Meanwhile, the focus needs to be on how to get independence (i.e, how to bypass both the English and Scottish governments entirely).

    69. tartanfever says:

      How cheeky would it be if he started a crowdfunder campaign ?

      Sturgeon and the cash strapped SNP would be livid.

    70. Ian Mac says:

      We know the relationship between the executive, the civil service, the police and the legal system now. Therefore there will be the most enormous pressure to find reasons not to accede to his requests, on utterly spurious grounds, like ‘anonymity’ and some nonsense about protected speech, the inquiry having established ‘truth’ etc.

      It will be fascinating to see how this plays out, and how much the weak, feeble and utterly compromised legal/police institutions are. It will be a damning, if not surprising, verdict if Sturgeon and co smother this attempt and dodge it with more prevarication and lies, complete with behind the scenes manipulation.

    71. El Mariachi says:

      I see Mark Hirst is still hinting at something.

      I wonder if you’re right about that last bit Stu – perhaps more to come.

    72. TNS2019 says:

      This very quick read may help in terms of the possible legal case. Misfeasance in public office.
      We are exploring this (going to counsel) as well as ‘malicious prosecution’.
      It looks to me as this might be AS’s route to remedy:

      https://www.tns2019.org/new-blog-1/2021/3/24/ms-wright-ms-jamieson-and-misfeasance

    73. John Chavner says:

      Well done Alex, my opinion of you over the course of this rigmarole has mellowed although our politics are still poles apart.
      It seems to me that the only person to come out of this unscathed is our lying, corrupt FM and I have no doubt that her popularity will increase now that it is all over.
      How can it be fair to take the Permanent Secretary to court and yet leave the FM at home? She has lied to and misled the gov of Scotland and because she said “sorry, I won’t do it again” she gets of Scot free?

      We have all seen what type of person the FM is and I can only hope that enough SNP supporter’s have seen the light but I suspect not.

    74. Trans gammon says:

      Definitely a useful statement to cite next time I come across one of these loony Sturgeonite cyber-centrist smear merchants comparing Salmond to Trump – and by extension of course us to Trump voters.

      The tone of this couldn’t be less like Trump if it was written by the Pope himself.

    75. Allium says:

      Good for him.

    76. Wee Crabbit Bas says:

      Eck is coming, again, like Valdez! A rooting out is coming too, in due course hopefully, perhaps finally exposing the extent of the decay within.

    77. Andy says:

      That is why this election CANNOT be about Scottish Independence.

      There is no way you could have Sturgeon involved in a Referendum Campaign.

      Not that she would anyway.

      A coalition government will get our Parliament and justice system back to some kind of normality.

      Don’t vote the SNP back in to power, they are Psychopaths and need removed.

    78. goodgollymissmolly says:

      It can only be a Civil case… Duty of Candour? Discrimination? Some professional code of conduct failure?

    79. Helen Yates says:

      Am I right in thinking if Alex wins this case against Evans it would also bring Sturgeon down?

    80. Alex says:

      Dignified to the last, in stark contrast to the savage and spiteful petulance of those who so eagerly arrayed against him, and still do.

      I hope the judicial system does this properly and ruthlessly pursues every scrap of every document to fully and thoroughly investigate what has been a massive, amoral, and thoroughly corrupt witch hunt, with, at the very minimum, the threat of significant contempt of court penalties if they do not. I hope Alex has all the documentation as i’m fairly certain shredders in several civil service and governmental office will be glowing hot with the effort this evening as ‘I cannot recall’ morphs into ‘I cannot find’.

      I would hope a court investigation would release its findings this year, and within two months. But reality would suggest it will be next year before an investigation would be concluded, and as the NEW SNP would hope, far enough from the elections in May to elicit little to no public enthusiasm for the result. Sturgeon has succeeded, with the help of her sycophants, to push any consequence past the end of this parliament, and past the election.

      In her new queen of the world persona she will think she has an unbroken run to victory, and 5 more years of sitting in Holyrood conjuring up ever more extreme legislation against women, men, cats, dogs, elephants, and whoever, or whatever else she dislikes at the time. The right to protest will be gone, as will over 500 years of rights women fought so bloody hard to attain. Ms Pankhurst would be spinning in her grave at the moment at the massive backward step in the day to day rights of 51% of our population, by an angry, spiteful, and politically lightweight woman, for whom the fight for female equality seems an irritation to swatted away, or crushed under the autocratic boot of amoral and contemptuous legislation on behalf of fetishists who are mentally and instinctively incapable of seeing women as human beings in their own right.

      In all of this Alex has remained calm, and measured. And it is both qualities Scotland needs now, more than ever before. His pursuit of legal redress is an understatement of the reality of the war against him by a thoroughly corrupt and amoral collection of organizations, all of whom are in the sway of Sturgeon. That legal redress effectively rules him out of any front line role in the battle to come before May, but I hope, if he has the energy and will, he can share a little time offering some of his experience and immense political savvy to the new independence parties. We have no choice now, we must start anew, and this election offers the chance of a practice runs of sorts, learning to work together to outwit and outfox not only the unionist parties, but select individuals in the NEW SNP who have relentlessly pushed the extremist fetishist cause above all else, including the chance of an independent future for Scotland, and who expect to be rewarded for their extremism with a seat in Holyrood.

      We cannot ask Alex to do more for Scotland than he already has. We can only ask if he will contribute in some way, and if he chooses to step away and enjoy his life, then we accept that with the utmost grace and thanks for his massive contribution.
      If however he decides to fight on in some capacity, then we must support him with the same enthusiasm and determination we mustered for the first indy referendum.
      It will take a mighty fight to displace the extremists of all colours and get Scotland back on track to independence.

      Good luck Alex in your pursuit of the truth, and justice.

    81. twathater says:

      I celebrate the fact this man has an unending and unquenchable belief in PROTECTING and SAVING Scotland and Scots from the evil cancer that grows within our establishments , I hope the legal establishment are supportive in his endeavours to bring back some credibility and honesty to their profession

      The only concern I have is that the puppet will either fall on their sword ,or there will be a way found such as early retirement or transfer to protect the puppet master from the inevitable outcome of the buck stops with the BOSS

    82. McRobbie says:

      I have been quite depressed that the obvious need for some action from the farcical and hypocritical government incompetence and the resulting cover ups was being treat as nothing to be bothered about. Thanks Mr Salmond for pressing the government to act responsibly and give us back some pride in our nations governance. I only hope the Police are free from controls to carry out their necessary investigation diligently.

    83. Meg merrilees says:

      Jacquie Baillie asked NS today at FMQ’s why Leslie Evans was still in her position as she presided over all the mistakes that were made..
      NS accepted full responsibility for her gov’s failings and waffled for a few minutes so that everyone would forget the question about Ms. Evans resigning, then neatly side-stepped the question.

      Her constant taunting of Ruth Davidson was childish in the extreme and I have resigned my m/ship of the SNP today.

    84. Johnny Martin says:

      I assume the opposition parties will bash the SNP over the head with ‘how can your Permanent Secretary stay in post with a court case hanging over the ScotGov? what else is going on there? etc etc’ all the way to May, without Salmond having to utter another word about it?

    85. Graeme Hampton says:

      “I hope it is the only legal action that I am required to take.”

      Well that should wipe the smiles off some faces. I needed cheering up and something to hope for.

      Thanks Alex.

    86. Trans gammon says:

      Bill Mackay says:
      24 March, 2021 at 4:41 pm
      “This money would help fund things if we can find out who pocketed it…”

      A quick back of the envelope calculation – about £875 for each baby born this year, or £175 for each baby born during the five year contract. £175 of stuff in every box, or is there going to be a bit of a cut taken in procurement/PR/paperwork/general nonsense at every level of the quangocracy.. Gee, hm..

    87. Garavelli Princip says:

      Astonished says:
      24 March, 2021 at 4:28 pm
      “And the only possible outcome of this is… nothing.”

      You fuckin’ wish.

      “Evans will have to pay substantial damages. Good.”

      I agree – and hope – substantial damages will have to be paid to Alex Salmond – but unfortunately these will not come from Evans – we, the taxpayer- will have to stump up for her malice and incompetence .

      As for her co-conspirator in chief – we have to hope the electors of Govan deal with her – but Ah hae ma doots.

    88. Robert Louis says:

      Tartan fever at 0443pm,

      I wish he would, even if only to show the depth of support he has across Scotland, and indeed, the world.

      It is a truly wicked injustice which has been perpetrated against him, and those responsible MUST be held to account. Their will be no ‘re-writing’ of evidence under oath in court, or redacting every single document, that’s for sure.

      If Leslie Evans were at all savvy, she would go now. I guess the inaction speaks volumes.

    89. David H says:

      Every one of these filthy lying careerist politicians, that facilitated this corruption. Turned a blind eye and bent a knee for Sturgeon, will be voted out.

      They’ve turned the Scottish Parliament into a circus act. They are an absolute disgrace every single one of them.

      No resignations. No responsibility. Nothing done. I hope they live to rue the day. I’m sick of them, and my hearts beats for Justice. They won’t be getting my vote.

    90. Garavelli Princip says:

      I cancelled my direct debit to the SNP when Hamilton’s whitewash was published.

      I had lived in hope (if slight) – so after 36 years I am no longer a member of the party that once gave me hope.

      It is now in the hands of liars, troughers, crooks, Brit agents, carpet-baggers, cosy-slippers and treacherous conspirators.

      We will remain a colony, I fear, for the rest of my life – what’s left of it – and we almost had it in our grasp. It’s the Scottish way!

      ‘There’s ane end of ane auld sang’.

    91. Benny Nevis-Hill says:

      Go get em’ Eck. Sturgeon and the current SNP are nothing but Pish stains on Scotland. Time to wash away those stains for good.

    92. Paul says:

      Wait for it…

      ‘Old powerful white man set to go after [redacted] woman who was only doing her job’

      Repeat ad nauseam for the next fews days/weeks/months

    93. Big Jock says:

      Helen. If Sturgeon is involved , then yes it could bring her down. Because there is evidence a court will see that was hidden from the enquiry.

      Also tongues loosen when things fall apart.

    94. Andy says:

      The SNP MSP candidates for the up and coming Election are calling me a liar, they are calling you a liar, they are call the Rev a liar, they are calling every person in Scotland a liar.

      And in a few weeks time they will have the brass neck to ask you to vote for them.

      I know where I will tell them where to go when they do, I hope the majority of Scots do like wise.

    95. Simon Rooke says:

      The Permanent Secretary’s only defence can be ‘I was only following orders’.

      And doesn’t that open up a can of worms?

    96. Confused says:

      if Evans is getting squeezed, will she grass her boss?
      – was she taki ng orders, or giving them??

    97. Josef Ó Luain says:

      Delighted but not surprised by Salmond’s bottle. Severe reverberations are about to be felt beneath the feet of the Gucci-shod, chancing bastards.

    98. Nally Anders says:

      Trust Alex to show what dignity, integrity and grace under fire looks like.
      Awesome.

    99. Netflix commissioner says:

      Craig Murray was charged imo because his Yes Minister satire showed them as incompetent fools

    100. english bob says:

      I am, I’m sure, one of many British people who would support a crowdfunding of AS. I would suggest a £1 fund. That way everyone could see just how much there is overwhelming support for hin and for the miscreants to be brought to account. Will he still use his current lawyers or could he call on Roddy Dunlop?

    101. Dezza says:

      A welcome response.
      However I’ve little faith in the investigation being carried out thoroughly, due to the COPFS being a shower of biased and untouchable rogues.

      Likely best case scenario is Evans departs her post with a golden tax payer funded parachute, ever so slightly earlier than planned, and no one is identified or goes to prison for the leak. Worst case…? nothing would surprise me now with our rotten government and justice system.

    102. ALANM says:

      “Hi Nicola, Police Scotland here. We’ve received a complaint from that pesky Salmond chap demanding we launch an investigation into that SG leak to the Daily Record.”

      (redacted)

      “ok will do; good luck with your re-election campaign btw.”

    103. Littleladylotte says:

      Orders more popcorn…

      Aye just when you thought it was all over…lol.

      I’ve spent half the day blocking nicophants from “The Nationals” comment section. The hatred for Alex because the national did an article. You’d think Alex called them specifically every week to get them to do a story that favours nicola and is snidey at him. The man has given 3, just 3 public statements in a whole nearly 3 years. Scotland has fallen for the same divisive identity politics as trump brought to America…I want indy, I’ve been an SNP member, but I don’t agree with how they’ve targeted a man and set out to ruin not only his life, but that of his wife. Im so sick of the ignorance, the cognitive dissonance and the allowance of behaviour that we would not tolerate (I would like to believe) from the WM gov.

      Seriously is something getting put in the water…like estrogen…making everyone whiney and insufferable. Meh

      Anyway…yes popcorn. Let’s hope this gets interesting

      I’m for truth however stingy it gets. No room for corruption in my idea of Scotland

    104. Craig Sheridan says:

      A statesmanlike statement, I would expect nothing less. I expected the Evans case and the DR leak. I thought some of the discredited accusers may have found themselves in court.

      So Evans will go, Lloyd will go and we will be left with a badly damaged leadership and a whole host of SNP and ScotGov structural problems still in place.

      I will be voting SNP 1, Other indy 2 and trying my best to reign in my anger at the SNP, pre-election at least.

    105. akenaton says:

      Can we all assist with funding for Mr Salmond?

    106. Beaker says:

      Defcon 1.

      Delivered in a dignified manner.

    107. Carol Neill says:

      Go eck , start a fundraiser, plenty will flow

    108. LaingB French says:

      Hud oan a meenut! whitaboot yon libel slander defamation of character recourse in the criminal court. ye cannae charge sumbudy wee rape and get awa we it . payback time !

    109. Mia says:

      “The Inquiries are over and despite their manifest limitations, the findings are in and must be accepted”

      I am sorry, Mr Salmond, but I don’t think I can.

      The inquiries did not have “limitations” that could not be overcome if only those put in charge of them had the will and determination to do so. But there was never neither the will nor the determination.

      From the perspective of a voter like me, those inquiries were from beginning to end clear and intelligence insulting whitewashes. Whoever organised them clearly thought the electorate are just thick voting fodder that would happily swallow whatever convoluted crap they are given.

      From where I am standing, what we have seen was a calculated money and expensive time wasting exercise designed to destroy the reputation of a former FM to keep him away from politics and to keep a corrupt FM in post so 2021 HE would not become a plebiscite.

      I simply cannot accept that our taxpayers’ money has been wasted in what was at all practical effects, an exercise in evident deception to deny the electorate their democratic rights and legitimate right in self determination.

      What we have seen in those two charades is that far from actually having any interest whatsoever or motivation to hold corrupt executive and civil service to account, both inquiries appeared to be seeking the precise opposite: to help the COPFS to create a back door so the corrupt executive, after aligning itself with the apparatus of the British state for protection, and the corrupt individuals responsible for inflicting on taxpayers’ a millionaire bill, could simply waltz out of their mess totally unchallenged and in arrogant defiance of democracy, justice and fairness. And all this display so Scotland could be denied yet again its self determination.

      So now, not only taxpayers have to cover the bill Evans and Sturgeon’s government deliberately inflicted on us to pursue their sick and unethical political games, or the extraordinary bill the police investigation will bring. Now we also have to pay the bill for the two whitewashes put on display to cover up the executive and civil service corruption and to keep the most unprincipled and dishonest FM in Scotland’s history, in power.

      For that reason, I am sorry Mr Salmond but I simply cannot accept those ramblings as findings. In my view those reports contain very little in terms of findings and an awful lot of excuses.

    110. John Mcgregor says:

      Reading all the comment’s i take it yous are no fans of the 1st min I’am not a snp supp but the way AS has been treated is in my opinion shocking All party member’s are getting tarred with this Should have been judge led inquiry from the beginning Good luck AS

    111. Eventually, the “Time to shine a light” does arrive and the table will be turned!

    112. Sunnybank says:

      Now would be a good time to pressurise the police, The more fronts they are fighting on the better for the integrity of our country,

    113. John Martini says:

      Would any one vote for a party dedicated to reforming scottish politics and turning scotland into a modern democracy that is tough on corruption and abuses of our antiquated colonial legal system?

      Over to you Alexandre le Grand.

    114. Breeks says:


      steelewires says:
      24 March, 2021 at 4:28 pm
      I’m pleased that Alex Salmond is taking these steps. I think he should sue Sturgeon for he smearing on TV during a Covid briefing. I also think he should sue the Alphabet women is that’s possible, especially woman H.

      Aye, that would be my instinct too. The anonymity of the Conspirators might be an issue, or, it might be “the” issue, since the smears were repeated after Alex Salmond was acquitted, and that must surely be an abuse and undermining of the principle of anonymity.

      No such respect for Sturgeon. She should be sued for defamation, especially after repeated smears, even after a letter from the Faculty of Advocates drawing her attention to the verdict returned by a jury trial. Any rational person in her “position” would be crimson with embarrassment at the humiliation, but not brass necked Sturgeon.

      My sides would split from laughing if she had to step down as First Minister to defend herself against a criminal trial and likely conviction. But that would take integrity like that of Alex Salmond, which Sturgeon patently doesn’t possess.

      I do however defer to Alex Salmond’s integrity and judgement. Sturgeon’s career has nowhere to go but down I think, and it’s fitting that her demise should be a consequence of her own handy work, and that she should have nobody to blame but herself.

      While it perhaps isn’t for Alex Salmond to instigate, this matter of the missing IndyRef War Chest should be a police matter too. The money was raised for a specific objective, ring fenced for said objective, and the excuse that the funds are “woven through” other accounts reeks of possible embezzlement. That should properly be a Police matter, and the Electoral Commission should be crawling all over it. How apt that it’s Peter Murrell who should now be fighting fires in all directions.

      Grind them all to dust.

    115. Jaf says:

      This could have been called “chalk and cheese”.

      How one man acts with integrity and dignity whilst others are the very antithesis of that.

    116. Ian McCubbin says:

      Good we may yet see the guilty one forced to resign unless some intervention from her unionist masters saves her.

    117. Captain Yossarian says:

      “Malfeasance in public office” – my guess is his chances are pretty good. Whoever is representing Leslie Evans at the Court of Session, I doubt if it will be Roddy Dunlop QC.

      “We’ve lost the battle, but we’ll win the war” – doesn’t look like it to me, Leslie. I wonder what Roddy Dunlop thinks?

    118. kapelmeister says:

      This looks very much like business. The Sturgeonites’ vulgar triumphalism of Monday has been quickly overtaken.

    119. Prasad says:

      For thickos like me.
      Will the net capture women A, C & H?

    120. Clavie Cheil says:

      I hope Alex Salmond has somebody watching his back because the Special Branch dirty tricks Dept is getting busy it seems as they do at every Election in Scotland.

    121. SOG says:

      Allez, Alex

      If there is to be a crowdfund, it will be my pleasure to contribute.

    122. Prasad says:

      Correction, women c and H.

    123. wee monkey says:

      Closure of places of worship in Scotland deemed unlawful by Court of Session.

      Government Ministers went beyond the law and breached European Human Rights law.

    124. Ruby says:

      So glad Alex Salmond didn’t decide to leave Scotland or to Hibernate.

      How do you think he’ll vote on 6th May?

    125. Ruby says:

      How do you go about getting a seat in the public gallery of the Court of Sessions?

    126. Alex says:

      If Evans scarpers back to England before the trial starts, will her masters in WM prevent her extradition back to Scotland?

    127. Does anyone know if Northern Irish immigrants David Clegg and Leslie Evans new each other back in their own country,

      i think they are of similar ages.

    128. Southsider says:

      With the Holyrood Committee having determined that the Permanent Secretary and the SG made serious mistakes, could AS be contemplating an action for damages against SG as LE’s employers?

      Damages for financial loss – legal fees incurred, loss of earning opportunities etc. In the case of AS this could be a very substantial claim. First the claim would be intimated, and normally only if rejected would the matter go to court.

      The SG’s choice, if this is the action contemplated, will be settle out of court which is politically awful, or fight it in court and allow AS’s lawyers examine everyone relevant under oath.

    129. Socrates MacSporran says:

      Simon Rooke @ 5.14pm

      You have hit the nail on the head there. Civil Servants, even Permanent Secretaries are only supposed to act under the instructions of the government of the day.

      Evans, therefore, could not take action unilaterally – she had to be acting on behalf of a minister, and, as Permanent Secretary, in particular the First Minister.

      When Alex’s case comes to court, things will get very interesting for the FM.

      Brilliant work by Eck.

    130. disillusioned half Scot says:

      Nice timing, after Sturgeon’s endorsement of Evans. Scottish politics, the gift that keeps on giving.

    131. AndyH says:

      Game on Mofos!

      Here comes some serious shitstorm.

      All kinds of things will come out now.

    132. Carol Neill says:

      I’ve said before when ‘victims ‘ are found not to be ,why can’t they be identified?

    133. Ian Mac says:

      Interesting and revealing, is it not, that the only public figures to stand up and be counted against this travesty of justice and governance are a former minister, a handful of ignored SNP members, three bloggers and an English MP. Barely a single Scottish MSP, civil servant, lawyer, QC, police executive, mainstream media or journalist. What a savage indictment of Scottish society under this mob.

    134. Ruby says:

      tartanfever says:
      How cheeky would it be if he started a crowdfunder campaign ?

      Sturgeon and the cash strapped SNP would be livid.

      Reply

      They would be especially if the crowdfunder suggested you ditch your SNP direct debit and donate it the Alex Salmond’s legal fees.

    135. Kenny says:

      Helen Yates at 4:55 pm

      Am I right in thinking if Alex wins this case against Evans it would also bring Sturgeon down?..

      When she can already get away with whatever-the-fuck breaking of rules and laws she wants in the lawless Scotland she’s currently in-charge of? Much as I would savour* this, Helen, I’m not 100% confident the Law of the Land would be so upstanding – maybe 85%.

      *Savour? Sure? I think this is appropriate; she’s an actual villain, a genuine bad-person – although not quite Rollo Tomasi – I think we’d be entitled to celebrate, and thank god sense has prevailed, when this person is finally brought to boot.

    136. Ian Mac says:

      Craig has balls. In the notice of his closed blog, he is quite straightforward in saying that he expects he will have to expunge truth (that the authorities do not want you to hear) in order to be able to open it again. What an honest, fearless man.

    137. PhilM says:

      Whether it’s misfeasance, malfeasance, or misconduct in public office, this is a criminal offence in England and Wales only. There is no such offence in Scotland.
      The article TNS2019 links to mentions ‘Torts’. Torts don’t exist in Scotland, the terms used are delicts or delictual liability.
      Anyway, the Court of Session is a civil court. I would love to know what his lawyers have in mind. Oh to be a fly on the wall of Levy and McRae…

    138. Lothianlad says:

      Alex Salmond….. dignity personified!

    139. Lothianlad says:

      What the fuck is it with my posts that need moderation???

      This happens every time I post. I thought you had fixed that, or let me know what about my posts that you find so dangerous?

      No opinion = no donations

    140. Daisy Walker says:

      If Nicla had dismissed Evans – it would have been a Governmental admission of culpability – and compensation not just for Alex, but the initial 2 complainers would have been a certainty.

      Think back to what this has always been about – keeping Alex discredited and with his hands occupied trying to clear his name in the most difficult and public arena of all – Court and Governmental Procedures – and all the way away from campaigning for Indy.

      I don’t grudge Alex, doing what he is doing, in many, many ways it is absolutely the right thing to do – but equally it, once again, keeps him occupied and away from fighting for Indy.

      My goal has now moved past this HE, and onto the next GE. That gives us 4 years to create credible local candidates to vote for – that stand on a mandate for Plebiscite Indy Election – on that date, not some future one, to be arranged.

      After that I think all is lost.

      And I intend to vote against the SNP in my area, by whatever means necessary to get Sweinney, and the Wishart OUT. I just hope to have someone decent to vote for in place of them.

      For those who think this is disloyal and will send a message that there is no more support for Indy – I say bollocks.

      The next 4 years are going to be Brexit destroying Scotland on steroids.

      If the SNP manage to stay in power (and I doubt it) then they will be unable to mitigate, have demonstrated a lack of ability to be positively creative (except when it comes to pervie wee personality disorders and corrupt wankers), have been dining out on SNP achievements – nearly all of which were instigated under Alex leadership, and they will be held responsible by the public and by the MSM who will relish the chance to put the boot into them.

      The next 4 years are going to be hellish, let the Tories be left holding the blame for it, since they started that ball rolling.

      And let the Indy movement start again, and this time, learn from the ‘new labour, new SNP’ play book and not get fooled again.

      And we need to save our farms and our fishing industries. I could never match it up in my heart back in 2014 that our fisher folk and farming folk could not/would not stand up for their own homeland.

      Well, hang me by my own petard, and maybe they don’t all deserve it, but if we are not prepared to stand up for them, in their hour of need, then perhaps we all need to have a wee look in the mirror and ask ourselves, what is it that makes a nation. I suspect that it is in large part, that in times of crisis, we all put our shoulders to the same wheel.

      That time is now.

      And I have never been so frightened. I think twice now before posting. I have held off from writing letters of criminal complaint – about suspected theft by embezzlement, about a blatant act of Fraud to obtain a job legally reserved for a female and legally excluding transwoman, about misuse of Police resources for Political gain, and on and on.

      But I think what is most hearbreaking, devastatingly so, is the sheer number of Indy supporters, many who I previously liked and admired, prepared to bully and harrang anyone attempting to stand up to this utter, blatant, disgusting corruption.

      I used to say, on this site, that in a gentle way, we would shake this world, and that the one thing they cannot take from us is our decency – and with one bit of decency at a time, we would get there.

      I did not know then, there were so many on the yes side, prepared to give decency away, and bully others into giving it away also.

      In 2014 we had a country to win. In 2021 we have a country to save – and its going to be a dirty war.

      And for anyone wanting hope, its this, for the BritNats to be this blatant, this obvious, this openly corrupt and avaritious – it means that support for Indy is well ahead – they’re going all out now, its all they have left.

      Every single Indy supporter – needs to regroup now, leave aside the Alex/Nicla drama for now, and ask, what do we – the voters – need to do to get Indy.

    141. boris says:

      It needs to be noted that Leslie Evans is a civil servant whose contract of employment is with the senior civil servant in Westminster, not the Scottish government. Any disciplinary action to be taken against her would be instructed by the Westminster government Cabinet Office senior civil servant who advised against the implementation of the failed procedure.

      She was appointed to the post of Permanent Secretary for a limited period which can be terminated by the Cabinet Secretary in London. This might include a transfer away from the Scottish Government to some other place without loss of earnings. It is entirely possible she could be ordered to take early retirement due to stress and ne appointed to the House of Lords. Now that would be a bummer!!!

    142. Robert Graham says:

      Correct me if I’m wrong I believe that the first minister said she gave her full approval of ms Evans , well that means approval of her actions and it is all of them ,given the first minister is effectively her boss and she was only doing as requested by her boss the first minister .doesn’t that implicate the first minister as well , Evans at every point acted on her instructions ,

      As a few others have said regarding a crowdfunded way of assisting Alex to bring these fkrs down I am up for that anything I was thinking of donating to the Indy cause will now be directed towards Alex Salmonds pursuing these individuals

      I hope Alex lawyers pay particular attention to websites that allow, even promote the continued smearing of his name , most people here know the ones involved let’s hope his legal team will have enough information to get these shite shifters as well if they are having problems I am sure a lot of people here can assist.

      Note to Mr Murrell and for his particular attention two can play that game pal.

      Dignified as usual Alex his actions put the others to shame

      I guess we are going to be in the strange position of funding Alex’s legal case ( voluntary ) while also funding the government officials who he has in his sights ( that’s probably compulsory ) .

    143. Morgatron says:

      Class act . What a political giant. His two targets are the ones I want too see in the Dock.

    144. Mist001 says:

      What’s going on here? Why does Alex Salmond place so much trust in the Scottish legal system when virtually everybody on here at least, sees it as corrupt and unfit for purpose.

      Why does Alex Salmond have so much faith in it?

    145. Ruby says:

      If Craig’s blog is closed does that mean people can’t donate?

      Did anyone take a note of his Paypal address?

      Recently cancelled your SNP direct debit?

      Why not donate to Craig & Alex.

    146. Robert Graham says:

      Just noticed the comment Boris made Aye your probably right but that’s why clever Lawyers earn their f your right the next best thing is her Boss and she’s employed by us oh dear how sad , either way Evens is in for a one way trip somewhere with or without her consent .

    147. Captain Yossarian says:

      What we have here is a house of cards and it only takes the removal or weakening of one individual to bring them all down.

      Personally, I see the Police investigation into the Daily Record leak to be just as significant.

      Hopefully this marks a turning point for Scottish law and they can dispense with that grotesque tool James Wolffe and get-on with applying law for the protection of the public again. This has been a dark and depressing time for many, many Scottish lawyers and because of that a depressing time too for the rest of us.

      Good luck to Alex Salmond. I didn’t always agree with him but the punishment that has been visited upon him and his family should be a problem for all of us to get resolved, because it affects us all.

    148. Onlooker says:

      Curious. If Mr. Salmond wins, as seems likely, will the taxpayer have to fork out again?

    149. Fionan says:

      Gaun yersel’ Alex! I just hope the Court of Session judges and the police are as trustworthy as you seem to think.

      But this statement from you, AS, is a masterpiece. Tt will ensure that those who thought they had won, by using corruption and deceit, will instead have a lot more sleepless nights to come, and hopefully will pay the price they deserve in due course. And of course, yet again, it shows your unsurpassable integrity and statesmanship.

      It has lifted my spirits so much again, a much needed boost.

    150. Fionan says:

      If AS needs a crowdfunder, I will be chipping in what I can.

    151. Alan McHarg says:

      I believe that this legal action and the evidence it will reveal will reach far and wide and will be all encompassing. If it proceeds quickly I think we will see casualties throughout the process as we are moving on. Alex, ever the statesman, proving once again that he is a better man than I as I will never forgive nor forget the damage that has been done to him, Mark Hirst and Craig Murray, other independence bloggers, the institutions of Scotland and the standing of Scotland on the world stage. In the hope of truth and justice I will watch with interest.

    152. ClanDonald says:

      Great news. The cover up by the Crown Office and Scottish Government will be fully exposed at last. Questions will be asked why whatsapp and text messages by senior snp figures were hidden from a parliamentary enquiry – their conspiracy to protect the creepy, creepy Murrell and his cronies will be out in the open, hurrah.

      Every effort by the ScotGov and COPFS to deceive the Parliament will be revealed by the proceedings. It will be even worse for them than if they’d come clean this time around. They will no doubt be desperate to stop it. How far will they go this time?

      I’m looking forward to watching the Sturgeonites come out in force to defend the honour of Lesley Evans, should be fun.

      Pity there’s no plans to have Woman H charged with perjury, if there’s one player whose behaviour needs properly scrutinised it’s her.

    153. Robert Graham says:

      Good post Daisy

      But a bit of revenge is in order First Ha Ha

      Aye and I hope it causes a right good few casualties

      Who was it that said it I think it was Davidson the Labour guy ” All that’s left is to Bayonet the wounded ) I am up for some of that Metaphorically speaking of course, just in case Humzas wee investigators are looking in , Christ I can’t believe we need to self censor in order to escape being labelled a person of interest , what is this country turning into under Sturgeon .

      I really don’t know but I certainly don’t like it one bit

    154. Artur sweet says:

      Reads to me like an ultimatum to NS. Sack Evans or I’ll bring out the bodies. Smart move, as aye, from AS.

    155. Big Jock says:

      If the leak is a criminal investigation. Do the Record still gave the right not to expose the leaker.

      I ask this because it would be the easiest way to find out. Investigating the hidden maze of government would take months.

    156. Republicofscotland says:

      A statesman like announcement from Alex Salmond, and a very firm but dignified approach, a complete contrast to Sturgeons conspiracy nonsense approach.

      Anyway it looks like the guns are out to have at least one of Sturgeons clique the Permanent secretary Lesley Evans accept some responsibility for the mess she helped create. Sturgeon giving an interview to Glenn Campbell said that she fully expects Lesley Evans to see our her full tenure which ends in a years time.

      So Sturgeon apparently doesn’t believe (publicly) that Lesley Evans needs to consider her position at all, as the Rev says Evans must know where all the bodies are buried, look out for a scapegoat to be fed to the public, if the heat is turned up on the, hopefully, not so Permanent secretary.

    157. Big Jock says:

      Argue yes, that’s my take.

      Try and obstruct me and I will sue the lot of you. This is the moment where Nicola either throws her to the wolves or doubles down at the taxpayers expense to protect her.

      If she doesn’t sack her, then it’s definite Evans has something on her. Why would you associate yourself with Evans unless you had to.

    158. Natal XX and proud says:

      Onlooker says:
      24 March, 2021 at 6:26 pm
      Curious. If Mr. Salmond wins, as seems likely, will the taxpayer have to fork out again?

      Well that’s why the SG should concede early on. I mean how much more of our money does Nicola want to waste on this. Hopefully they will turn over all the documents and listen to their own legal counsel!! Alex has got Nicola by the short and curlys now. She cant win either way.She’s toast.

    159. Westviews says:

      Someone in the FMs office is going to be very twitchy. Who in that office is very friendly with David Clegg? Their secrets are about to be exposed and they most certainly won’t be able to hide them for much longer.
      Let’s hope that the Crown Office and Police Scotland make sure that all the facts see the light of day. I don’t have the confidence in them that Alex has.

    160. Republicofscotland says:

      Maureen @4.25pm.

      Oh that’s terrible news, the persecution of Craig Murray for telling the truth knows no ends. First his liberty is at stake now they’ve forced him to close his blog. Sturgeon and Wolffes vengeance on those who exposed them will be the order of the day.

      A Stalinist type great purge, is being planned in the bunkers of Bute house and the Crown office.

    161. Quinie frae Angus says:

      @X-Sticks, 4.41 pm

      “She should be forced to pay back the £600k+ she has cost the Scottish purse.”

      Absolutely, X-Sticks.

    162. Big Jock says:

      Onlooker. The taxpayer will have to pay unless Sturgeon sacks her. So the costs are Sturgeon’s fault, same as the failed judicial case.

    163. John Cleary says:

      I think Alex is making a mistake. He is going after the wrong target.

      It seems to me that Leslie Evans is being waved before our noses like a red rag.

      But WHO are they protecting?

      THAT person should be the target for legal action. And it’s not as though there’s not an abundance of material.

      If he leaves it to the police (that is, the person being protected is also guilty of leaking to the Daily Record) then they will fail.

      I agree he should use the courts, but Evans is finished anyway. Go after the younger conspirator, and go after her by name.

    164. velofello says:

      Well Alex Salmond’s statement of intent has lifted my spirits.

    165. Stoker says:

      “I hope it is the only legal action that I am required to take.”

      Now that reads like a warning shot across the bow(s) if ever there was one. But whose? Police Scotland? Sturgeon? Murrell? COPFS? Or a mixture of all 4? Defend her at your peril? LOL!

    166. Big Jock says:

      Natal. We know that Sturgeon only cares about herself. So the common sense thing to do , would be to sack Evans and walk away. If she refuses then it’s clear that she can’t sack her, as that may expose her.

    167. Anna says:

      Apart from his personal concerns Alex is doing every organisation and individual a favour by launching an investigation into who leaked confidential government documents to a newspaper. Its a crime.

    168. Quinie frae Angus says:

      @Daisy Walker at 6.13 pm

      Nail on head, Daisy. Thanks for that post.

    169. Clavie Cheil says:

      I am not so confident of Alex winning as some here. You seem to forget that the Scottish Legal System is now totally corrupt and broken. What does the Sturgeon Cult have on Hamilton for instance? There is no doubt in my mind they have something on him.

    170. Auld Jock says:

      Like others if AS starts a crowdfunder then count me in to contribute. Like a lot of others I’m totally disgusted by Sturgeon, swnney, Evans and the rest of the pigs at the trough. As an old guy I’d like to see justice done for Eck..but I won’t hold my breath. It’s it only folklore that David slays Goliath

    171. Colin Alexander says:

      Ruby

      From a cached page of Craig Murray’s blog:

      “Paypal address for one-off donations:

      craigmurray1710@btinternet.com

      Alternatively by bank transfer or standing order:

      Account name
      MURRAY CJ
      Account number 3 2 1 5 0 9 6 2
      Sort code 6 0 – 4 0 – 0 5
      IBAN GB98NWBK60400532150962
      BIC NWBKGB2L
      Bank address Natwest, PO Box 414, 38 Strand, London, WC2H 5JB

      Bitcoin: bc1q3sdm60rshynxtvfnkhhqjn83vk3e3nyw78cjx9
      Etherium/ERC-20: 0x764a6054783e86C321Cb8208442477d24834861a “

    172. Mr Bonobo says:

      Surely the police have been asked to investigate this leak for several weeks now.

      They have actively been investigating other leaks, and this one was of equal if not more significance, and just as prominent in the media.

      There should also have been far fewer people with the knowledge of confidential procedures, so only half a dozen people to interview – at least one of which either leaked it to the paper, or leaked it out of the confidential process to somebody else who did.

    173. Captain Yossarian says:

      @Clavie Cheil – Hamilton was just a well-paid patsie. He investigated Carwyn Jones of the Welsh Assembly too, finding him innocent on a technicality. Real lawyers got to work immediately and Carwyn Jones resigned 5-days later. Alex Salmond is doing the same with his lawyers. Hamilton is just a nuisance-value old-fart. Pay no attention to him.

    174. Ruby says:

      https://archive.is/E6vkh
      26th February

      “Alex Salmond calls for police probe into harassment complaint leak to Daily Record”

      “The government’s internal review as an investigation identified 23 people who had access to the information.”
      He said the ICO weren’t able to further in terms of determining who might be responsible for the leak, but that the sharing of the document was criminal.

      Salmond added: “There’s one point of some confusion that I certainly haven’t gotten to the bottom of yet, and that is that the ICO’s procurator’s report lists the various interested parties who have had copies of the report.

      “It lists, for example, the complainer, it lists myself. It comes to not a reasonable assumption that neither the complainants or myself had any interest in leaking the contents.

      “It lists the Crown Agent. The police, who some people suggested might be the source of the leak, had refused to accept the report from the Crown Agent, so it couldn’t have been the police.

      “But it does list the principal private secretary to the First Minister in that group of people.

      “Now I’m not suggesting the principal private secretary to the First Minister leaks to the Daily Record. But when he came before this committee he firstly confirmed that he had a copy, or had received on behalf of the office a copy of the report, but subsequently wrote to the committee saying that wasn’t correct.

      “My question is quite simple, is why did the procurator for the ICO list the First Minister’s office in the list of interested parties who had access to the report.

      “I don’t know the answer, I just know that that was done, and I can’t believe the procurator of the ICO did it for no reason. There had to be a reason for, believing that.

      “My own feeling about this is that civil servants, I’m not saying civil servants never leak but they actually seldom leak, but if they do leak, they don’t leak to the political editor of the Daily Record.

    175. laukat says:

      Very good statement. Makes the reasonable point that he is happy to accept judgements and others should as well.

      I hope Mr Salmond puts a crowdfunder up for his legal action. More than happy to contribute to any action that exposes the truth.

      Its going to look really bad for the Scottish Governement and more politically damaging to Sturgeon if they have to pay a second large settlement to Alex Salmond.

      I think Alex Salmond had more evidence on who leaked that he can place in the hands of the police. I think he was just waiting for Hamilton’s report so the police had to act. When you get a former Director of Public Prosecutions stating the person who leaked should be held to account it would be a brave decision for the Police not to fully investigate and bring forward charges if a suspect is identified.

      Now if Alex could also put himself forward for election then a week that started off poorly may end with much hope.

    176. Ruby says:

      Colin Alexander says:
      24 March, 2021 at 7:13 pm
      Ruby

      From a cached page of Craig Murray’s blog:

      “Paypal address for one-off donations:

      craigmurray1710 [at] btinternet [dot] com

      Reply

      Well done Colin! 🙂

      That info could perhaps be spread around until Craig’s blog is up and running again.

    177. Big Jock says:

      Didn’t JB mention that the Daily Record wanted another story to spike the Sturgeon story , at the time.

      It wasn’t revealed,what the Sturgeon story was! It wasnt published. Was there a trade off, the Salmond story being bigger. The Sturgeon one being dropped!

      We live in interesting times!

    178. The Buchan Loony says:

      “I hope it is the only legal action that I am required to take.” read ‘Supreme Court’.

    179. Yasmin says:

      He did not call for witch sturgeon to resign but the shameless hussy needs to go.
      Scotland is v lucky to have Salmond (principled leaders are a rarity nowadays) and it’s time the Scottish people did their utmost to bring him back to front line politics. Independence under sturgeon isn’t worth having and she is unworthy of it.

    180. Daisy Walker says:

      Big Jock says:
      24 March, 2021 at 6:44 pm

      If the leak is a criminal investigation. Do the Record still gave the right not to expose the leaker.

      I ask this because it would be the easiest way to find out. Investigating the hidden maze of government would take months.

      It would require a Judge to issue a warrant for the disclosure. The Daily Record would appeal as a matter of course in the first instance.

    181. Cath says:

      It seems to me that the only person to come out of this unscathed is our lying, corrupt FM and I have no doubt that her popularity will increase now that it is all over. How can it be fair to take the Permanent Secretary to court and yet leave the FM at home

      Like her or loathe her, Sturgeon is very popular and most people who get their news from the MSM think she’s handled all this well. Maybe more importantly she seems to attract unionists and no voters. The absolute best result for independence would be a big SNP win in May (preferably with a large cohort of lost independence MSPs too). Any court action is unlikely to even begin before May, far less finish. If, sometime after May, the Perm Sec implicated her, well…then the SNP have to deal with that in the early days of a new parliament.

    182. Cath says:

      Um, that should be list independence MSPs my lost ones – that’s mostly what we have now and they’re shite!

    183. Ruby says:

      From transcript of ‘Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints 26 February 2021’

      Jackie Baillie:
      May I pursue that very quickly? I am conscious of time. In your submission to us, on page 10 of appendix D, you said:

      “I am confident that I know the identity of those involved in the leak.”

      Do you have any evidence to support that, beyond what you have just told us? Are you suggesting that the matter requires further police investigation?

      Alex Salmond:
      I think that the matter does require further police investigation. I believe that I know their identity, but I am not here at committee to speculate about individuals when I cannot substantiate that.

    184. Stu says:

      Police Scotland will pursue it with rigour mortis more like

    185. Ruby says:

      ‘I think that the matter does require further police investigation. I believe that I know their identity, but I am not here at committee to speculate about individuals when I cannot substantiate that.’ Alex Salmond

      Longer comment awaiting moderation???????

    186. Daisy Walker says:

      Ref Craig Murray’s court session tomorrow.

      How can we help? Is it via internet access again, or in person?

      I assume Craig is waiting to hear what the verdict is before mounting a crowd funder.

    187. Big Jock says:

      I couldn’t stop giggling at this. Superb!!

      Friends Of Wings on Twitter: “First time I’ve chuckled all week ??” / Twitter
      https://mobile.twitter.com/FOWingsScot/status/1374756927457083393

    188. ELewis says:

      Fair play. Anyone judged not guilty but denied their innocence is entitled to continue the fight should they wish it.

    189. Mia says:

      “I’m not saying civil servants never leak but they actually seldom leak, but if they do leak, they don’t leak to the political editor of the Daily Record”

      Remember Memogate?

      Apparently, an investigation was ordered by the then most senior civil servant in the UK, Mr Jeremy Heywood. The investigation concluded that the leak of the memo to the Daily Telegraph was effected by Mr Carmichael’s former special advisor Euan Rodding.

      According to what has been published, Mr Roddin sent the confidential memo to the Daily Telegraph and also spoke to a journalist on his official mobile phone.

      Seemingly Mr Roddin claimed he had the consent from Carmichael to do so. Roddin escaped scot free. Carmichael ended up in court.

      What is fascinating in the memogate case is that it was not the permanent secretary in Scotland who ordered an investigation into memogate. it was the Cabinet Secretary, the most senior civil servant. That is what you expected to see in this leak to the Record too. So why didn’t we see the same and instead of a proper investigation what we saw was another whitewash by Evans?

      Was it because the cabinet secretary of the day already knew who leaked the info and who asked them to?

      What we learnt from memogate is that civil servants or spads may indeed leak info and use their official mobile phones to do it, but always under the instructions of somebody more senior.

      So, who leaked that info to the record and under the instructions of whom?

    190. Jim F. McIntosh says:

      So will the police continually stall their investigation into this and is this not going to happen for a couple of years or more.

    191. David Dick was the Editor of The Daily Record at the time he allowed David Clegg to publish the leak of the story of the original complaints,

      would he not need to know who David Clegg recieved the leaked report from,

      and ultimately David Dick , as Editor of the paper, must take full responsibility if the police decide to charge someone from the Daily Record.

    192. Mac says:

      “I have complete faith in the outcome of that Court process, coming as it does with all the proper powers of recovery of documents and thus the ability to properly interrogate those individuals responsible, the absence of which so restricted the Parliamentary Committee.”

      I don’t know how to do bold on text here but…”with all the proper powers of recovery…the ability to properly interrogate those individuals responsible…”.

      It is not a judicial led inquiry by any means but it will at least will have ‘proper’ powers to do its job.

      Salmond has had to wait until both inquiries ended before he could do anything. He has done so quickly but I expect this move has been planned and considered for many months while waiting for these inquiries to finish.

      Go for the low hanging fruit first.

      Evans is as usual a raging bin fire on all fronts, so let Nicola nail her colours to that smouldering mast if she chooses.

      The leak to the Daily Record was a very serious offence and it will not be hard to identify who did it once you have policeman who are not Sturgeon keystone cops looking into it.

      It is however very grim that it comes down to the victim yet again to do the police’s and the Crown offices jobs for them while they busy themselves with political and malicious prosecutions / persecutions.

    193. TNS2019 says:

      I know that there will be a demand to pin down Clegg to determine who leaked the story but we also have to accept that the press needs to protect its sources for the sake of democracy.
      However, given that there can have been no other motive than to damage AS, that leak is going to be fairly critical to his case.
      If he knows who it was and has evidence, he should achieve some degree of remedy because of the obvious ‘malice’.

      https://www.tns2019.org/new-blog-1/2021/3/24/ms-wright-ms-jamieson-and-misfeasance

    194. Harry mcaye says:

      Dan – just re-read that article “All the jolly boys and girls”. I don’t understand the relevance of that trip, in 2016, to the story. Was anything known about the allegations in 2016? Two years before the leak to the Daily Record? I had a look at many of the BTL comments and no-one mentions the two year gap so I must be missing something.

    195. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Beaker (you’ve been quiet for a wee whiley) at 5:23 pm.

      You typed,
      “Defcon 1.
      Delivered in a dignified manner.”

      When I first bought and played that single, I was amazed at the number of samples that they had managed to squeeze into it. I lost count at 11.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTRnpr-S5m4

      Onnyhoo, you may find this of interest, if you’re interested in how music (d)evolves.

      https://sites.google.com/site/webgaffer/myoozack/Def%20Con%201-Crazy%20Horses-64.mp3?attredirects=0&d=1

      ———————————————-

      And keeping things musical…

      ClanDonald says: 24 March, 2021 at 6:37 pm.

      “Pity there’s no plans to have Woman H charged with perjury, if there’s one player whose behaviour needs properly scrutinised it’s her.”

      I thought I could offer you this, with a hat tipped towards Craig Murray… Voulez vou coucher avec moi?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4LWIP7SAjY

    196. Colin Alexander says:

      CRAIG MURRAY Contempt of Court hearing:

      Virtual hearing details ( how to listen to it)

      “Case: Advising – Petition and Complaint – HMA v Craig Murray
      Date: 25 March 2021
      Time: 10am
      Dial (United Kingdom toll): +44-20-7660-8149
      Access code: 183 416 6799 ”

      https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/coming-to-court/access-to-virtual-hearings

      Scroll to bottom of page that page for the source of the info.

    197. Prasad says:

      Presumably when evidence against Evans is revealed and one strand of the web is pulled, the whole lot come down with her. Each e-mail will reveal another strand and on and on, until we get all the plotters and schemers.

    198. ahundredthidiot says:

      I would like to think they are choking on their champagne tonight.

      More like, they will just pop another bottle.

      Scotland is corrupt. Rotten to the SNP core.

    199. JSC says:

      I don’t think the police will (or need to) charge anyone from the Record, unless they fail to comply with a court order (and who is realistically going to go to that trouble from within the Crown Office).

      No, the ideal situation is for the police to officially request (from telecoms providers or anywhere else), any and all record of calls/texts between un-nameable person and Davie Clegg, a week before and a week after the date of the Record scoop getting printed. If the police at a UK-wide level can home in on calls/texts by (for separate issues) Carmichael and Gavin Williamson, then they can do it for a ScotGov employee and a journalist. It’s not difficult for them to find, unless they’ve been advised not to look in that direction.

    200. John Jones says:

      what worries me is if Alex loses his cases which in the current climate is possible.
      the stasi would be partying like mad, I could volunteer to be their barman, I do mix a mean cocktail, not to everyones taste but that would depend on what your taste is.
      no I wouldn’t poison them much too humane, they deserve all the pain that is coming to them,karma does work eventually.

    201. Indy Now says:

      Well done Alex.

      I still think Sturgeons plan was to hang on to the election, get elected , and then step down, saying she’s knackered from Covid etc . This assumes that her mate Robertson gets elected so she can pass to him, to continue the woke strategy, and keep putting off Indy Ref.

      She then leaves with her integrity sort of intact, and is then able to buffer away the outcome of these court cases. Hope fully her husband gets caught in the crossfire.

      Sturgeon is at the heart of this, nothing happens without her knowing, or instructing.

    202. JSC says:

      Harry, the US trip is just part of the big picture and who is alleged to know who.

    203. Frazerio says:

      Following on from the two sections the Rev has highlighted.
      1) going after Evans
      2) going after the Daily Record leaker (many will know who is the biggest suspect at the mo)
      & by restating he hasn’t called for NS resignation,
      Alex Salmond is, as usual, playing a tactical blinder.
      AS stated under oath, he has seen and is in possession of evidence of a prolonged, concerted, malicious campaign against him. It will be presented in court. Good luck Evans & the leaker. And with their defenestration, down tumbles the Queen. As someone says upthread, when going for the general, first shoot the horse. AS is spraying gunfire all around the stables!!!

    204. Finnz says:

      So much misplaced confidence that this action by Salmond will result in anything other than a wasted pile of money. It certainly is not going to phase the FM.

    205. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      First they came for the pro-indy bloggers but I wasn’t a pro-indy blogger so I was ok.

      Then they came for the pro-indy Journalists but I was ok – I wasn’t a pro-indy journalist.

      Then they came for the pro-indy individuals and there was nobody to watch my back.

    206. Tony O'Neill says:

      I think Alex has just marked the cards of the copfs and police Scotland,If they don’t act on his complaints,well what would the public think?.Proof of a.continuing conspiracy from the Scottish governments Gestapo ????.Possibly.

    207. Beaker says:

      @Brian Doonthetoon says:
      24 March, 2021 at 7:52 pm
      “Hi Beaker (you’ve been quiet for a wee whiley) at 5:23 pm.”

      Very busy at work due to someone on compassionate leave, and got me COVID jab this week so was a bit wasted that day after. Now I know what a bus running over me feels like 🙂 Keeping tabs on everything.

      Like the link. Spotted the Crazy Horses sample. Sums up what has gone on in the past month. Next 6 weeks is going to be worse…

    208. Republicofscotland says:

      Watch out for RCs jumping on the they’re out to get a woman (Lesley Evan) bandwagon. Miss Evans will be given all the sympathy in the world from them, and it will be put across as evil bad behavioured Alex Salmond, is trying to persecute poor wee Miss Evans.

      I can see the headline now, “I know how the Alphabet Women feel, as Alex Salmond is after me now” says The Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans.

    209. Cath says:

      the ideal situation is for the police to officially request (from telecoms providers or anywhere else), any and all record of calls/texts between un-nameable person and Davie Clegg, a week before and a week after the date of the Record scoop

      What if none of those exist and it was all pillow talk though?

    210. Ruby says:

      Mac says:
      24 March, 2021 at 7:49 pm
      “I have complete faith in the outcome of that Court process, coming as it does with all the proper powers of recovery of documents and thus the ability to properly interrogate those individuals responsible, the absence of which so restricted the Parliamentary Committee.”

      I don’t know how to do bold on text here but…”with all the proper powers of recovery…the ability to properly interrogate those individuals responsible…”.

      Reply

      I know how to do bold! I like it a lot.

      If you read above the comments box it says HTML tags like i and b are permitted. It shows you what the tags should look like with the < encasing the letters i for italic and b for bold.

      The tags shown are called opening tags they go at the beginning of the word or phrase you want to bold. You need to put a closing tag at the end of the word or phrase that is the same as the opening tag except you but a / before the i or b.

      https://cdo-curriculum.s3.amazonaws.com/media/uploads/html_element.png
      That's a picture of a p tag

      instead of the p you would put a b
      The p is the paragraph tag.

      Confused?

    211. robertknight says:

      Shrewd move by AS. Evans’ obvious line of defence is that the FM knew and approved all. In which case…

      Of course, much will also depend upon what the COPFS dirty tricks department intends to do.

      Popcorn and cheque book at the ready…

    212. JSC says:

      Cath, this was a short notice thing which happened fairly quickly (I believe within a few hours on 23/8/18), so the basic knowledge might have already been “out there” but someone still needed to say “game on”

    213. Kiwilassie says:

      Ruby says:
      24 March, 2021 at 7:18 pm
      https://archive.is/E6vkh
      26th February

      “Alex Salmond calls for police probe into harassment complaint leak to Daily Record”

      Reply.
      Who do you think is in a relationship with David Clegg?
      I’m living in the southern hemisphere & I know who it is.

    214. Gregor says:

      Upholding the integrity of our nation, to the benefit of our nation.

      Scotland commends you (Mr Salmond, et al).

    215. Mac says:

      That might as well have been in Swahili Ruby but here goes…

      Liz the Sieve
      Jon Colander does not a Somers make

    216. Dan says:

      Scottish Government Administration responds to Alex Salmond’s statement.

      https://twitter.com/nickeardleybbc/status/1374820615673278470

    217. Ruby says:

      Mac

      I should have added that the p tag doesn’t work on Wings. You have to do paragraphs manually. Just though I would let you know as I wouldn’t like to see you being killed with hammers. 🙂

      https://cdo-curriculum.s3.amazonaws.com/media/uploads/html_element.png
      That’s a picture of a p tag

      instead of the p you would put a b
      The p is the paragraph tag.

      Confused?

    218. Meg merrilees says:

      Anyone know what happened to Jim Sillars formal complaint that the FM had broken the Ministerial code with her covid briefing.
      I know she replied to him saying she didn’t think she had broken the code and he responded with a broadside saying the letter had not been addressed to her and he wanted it to go to a higher level?

      Anybody know what has happened?

    219. PrinceBishop says:

      I assume that Alex is confident that the evidence that will finally see the light of day in the pursuit of Leslie Evans will also hang the Murrells and the rest of the rotten inner sanctum of the SNP.

    220. Mac says:

      Oh Dan showing off there with a bit of strikethrough. 😉

    221. Ruby says:

      Mac says:
      24 March, 2021 at 8:32 pm
      That might as well have been in Swahili Ruby but here goes…

      Liz the Sieve
      Jon Colander does not a Somers make

      Reply

      Yes! 10/10

      Next
      ‘bold + italic’

      🙂 🙁 😉

      What about a smiley, grumpy, winky emoji?

    222. Ruby says:

      ?

      Just checkin’

    223. Andy says:

      If you are still Voting for the SNP on May 6th then what you are doing is telling Sturgeon “I don’t care what you have done in the past Nicola, or how corrupt you are, or how much of a threat your new Laws are to women and young girls, just go right ahead and do it”.

      You are advocating everything she has done in the past, and more importantly, you are advocating everything she has planned for the future.

      You would need to be a right heartless bastard not to see what you are doing is almost criminal.

    224. Daisy Walker says:

      Dan, the ScotAdmin can say all they want that they have not found any evidence to support Salmonds claim that the leak came from the Government – that’s lovely.

      What has now been confirmed is reasonable cause to suspect a crime – namely breach of data protection has been committed- and the only investigative authority to investigate that officially – is the Police.

      Both Inquiries have corroborated Salmond’s ‘reasonable cause to suspect, and that it is a crime’.

    225. Ruby says:

      Anyone know why my earlier post that starts:

      From transcript of ‘Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints 26 February 2021’

      went into moderation?

      The whole post is just a copy of paste from the transcript of the Alex Salmond evidence session.

    226. Al says:

      Alex Salmond is a clever man, suspect he has demolition knowledge.
      If you want to blow a bridge, you don’t place your charges on the top of the bridge. To bring down the bridge you place the charges on the main structural support, two charges staggered on each side. Even better when you have helped build the bridge and know the structural weakness.

    227. Shiregirl says:

      Brilliant.
      I stand with Alex.

    228. Kiwilassie says:

      Ruby
      Thanks for that. I hope it works.

    229. Paul McRae says:

      It’s a bold and cunning strategy by Big Eck. Presumably, evidence deemed inadmissible in the past will be permitted this time around. If so, Evans will go down like a lead balloon and, when then faced with oblivion, will sing like a canary. The residents of Bute House will not be sleeping soundly tonight

    230. Mr Bonobo says:

      I cannot see this going well for Alex.

      The court case will progress at snail’s pace or stall completely. Look out for any and every excuse from the banal to the absurd to obstruct, delay, reschedule or strike down at every stage. The complainers will need protected above any and all other aspect of justice. If at any time it looks like it might possibly succeed then [REDACTED].

      The police will go from having hundreds of thousands of pounds to spend chasing a cast of hundreds with leads from donkey’s years going back, and a fervent desire to chase any leaks to David Davis, to suddenly finding themselves reallocated to prioritise burglary, shoplifting, vandalism and everything else they have neglected for so long.

      This is the new normal.

    231. RutlandRules says:

      4% pay rise just announced for NHS. A move to take headlines away from Alex?

    232. SilverDarling says:

      If Leslie Evans and REDACTED experience even a fraction of what they have put AS through then it will be worth it.

      AS has decided this is worth seeing through to the end and with financial support and the support of his friends and wellwishers this is what he wants. He has won each time he has taken them on in court so he knows the risks.

      Best wishes to Craig Murray tomorrow.

    233. EdinScot says:

      Alec Salmond despite all he has gone through plus the sneaky vicious innuendos and horrible smears was and remains a class act. Compare and contrast Nicola Sturgeon. NO class and most definitely crass. Reading his statement it most certainly isn’t over. Good. I hope he gets the hat trick of wins in court with justice being seen to be done. The court of public opinion will be Nicola’s judge. She loves to be loved. I think she may be lucky to scrape together a minority coalition. She deserves to lose for what she has done.

    234. McDuff says:

      A bit of good news rev thanks.
      Evans has very little defence and the evidence against her is substantial. I wonder if some severe cross examining will make her crack.

    235. Rev. Stuart Campbell says:

      “What the fuck is it with my posts that need moderation???

      This happens every time I post. I thought you had fixed that, or let me know what about my posts that you find so dangerous?”

      If I have to explain this to you for a THIRD time I’m going to assume you’re just trolling me.

    236. Rev. Stuart Campbell says:

      “This could have been called “chalk and cheese”.”

      That may have caused some confusion with the post of earlier today called “Chalk and cheese”…

    237. Ruby says:

      Kiwilassie says:
      24 March, 2021 at 9:15 pm
      Ruby
      Thanks for that. I hope it works.

      Reply
      You are welcome. FYI When I quote your post I have to insert the b tags otherwise the bold disappears.

      I’m going to try to make it less complicated.

      https://cdo-curriculum.s3.amazonaws.com/media/uploads/html_element.png

      This is a picture of html tags.

      There’s a opening tag and a closing tag. Between these tags you write your text.

      For bold you replace p with a b
      for italic your replace p with an i

      You can also have numerous opening & closing tags

      for bold and italic you would put two tags at the beginning & end of the text one with i & one with a b

      For strikethrough you put del around the word that you want to strike thorough and then ins around the word you want to replace

      For strikethrough you put around the word that you want to strike thorough and then around the word you want to replace

      s if you just want to strike through
      if you just want to strike through

      Just remember you need an opening tag or tags and closing tag or tags with text in between
      For smileys

      :-

      adding a ) for smile and ( for grumpy
      after the :-
      ;-

      adding a ) for wink

    238. DunGroanin says:

      Good evening all. First time comment here
      Refugee from Craig Murray’s. Until it rises like a Phoenix.
      Or wikileaks gets a copy of that archive.
      His Twitter and FB may go.

      Was glum about that not completely unexpected hammer dropping.

      But am mightily cheered that AS takes the ball with an attacking run.

      I especially love the line that echos Shakespeare’s Mark Anthony.

      “As the record shows I did not call for the resignation of the First Minister.”

    239. Stuart MacKay says:

      Mr Bonobo

      A smart Chief Constable would at least take a look at the direction the political winds are blowing. Sure, things might going well for the incumbents right now but who knows where we’ll be in two years time. It’s hard to make an objective judgement right now give the emotion of the situation but if jailing political opponents starts to become the new normal, I, as Chief Constable ,might be concerned that a complete overhaul of the service might be in offing if the opposition take over.

      As for the judiciary, well, radical change is coming whether they want it or not.

    240. Big Jock says:

      SG announce 4% pay rise for nurses at 9.30pm , leaked to The Nine tv news while on air. Call me cynical!!

      The same night Salmond takes legal action.

      Look a squirrel.

    241. Lothianlad says:

      You havent explained it for a third time, and I’m no ones troll!!

      I loyally follow this blog, commenting, as you invite comments, because I hugely respect your posts.

      Dont explain it, just let me post, like everyone else…. or dont.

    242. Mr Bonobo says:

      @Big Jock

      No doubt this is a cynical move to change the media narrative, but I doubt The Nine and its audience of six had anything to do with it.

    243. robertknight says:

      Stuart MacKay @10:11

      “As for the judiciary, well, radical change is coming whether they want it or not”

      Oh I dearly hope so…

      They can start by changing the name of the COPFS.

      How about the ‘Department of Redactions’. Clear and unambiguous, no?

      Or alternatively, if the cost of new signage and stationery is a concern, simply keep COPFS but make it contemporary…

      Crime Only Pays For [REDACTED]

    244. robertknight says:

      Hey!

      What happened to the name beginning with the letter ‘S’?

      I’m sure I typed it out fully…

      These guys move quick I tell you!

    245. disillusioned half Scot says:

      robertknight says:
      24 March, 2021 at 10:46 pm
      Hey!

      What happened to the name beginning with the letter ‘S’?

      I’m sure I typed it out fully…

      These guys move quick I tell you! Classic !

    246. ian murray says:

      I saw this the other day on Craigs blog
      https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scottish-government-coronavirus-advisor-slammed-21853063
      Craigs post also had an interview with the good doctor and his bedside manner was seriously missing because he seemed to threaten legal action against the reporter.What the Record did not cover was that the Doctors wife was out jogging and from his doorway a 70 year old man waived at her and when she stopped he said “Why are you still here?”The wife is black and she apparently thought it was racism as opposed to the requirement for 2nd home people to stay at their primary residence. The old guy had already reported a similar case the week before. heavy hand of the Police came down on the guy and despite the likelihood that this was a he said she said with a real possibility of a mix up the man was charged and had to go to court to defend himself he lost. As I read this article by Craig it seemed like a key person in Nicolas’ inner circle was able to bring the Police into play so that they could retain the status quo. I may be off a bit with my recollections but it is pretty close The audio was downright scary

    247. maureen says:

      Republicofscotland says:
      24 March, 2021 at 6:56 pm
      Maureen @4.25pm.

      Oh that’s terrible news, the persecution of Craig Murray for telling the truth knows no ends. First his liberty is at stake now they’ve forced him to close his blog. Sturgeon and Wolffes vengeance on those who exposed them will be the order of the day.

      A Stalinist type great purge, is being planned in the bunkers of Bute house and the Crown office.

      What they are doing to Craig is a disgrace, but there is no doubt that he has been singled out, for what, telling the truth? I am heart sick at what Scotland is becoming under this regime.

    248. Charles Hodgson says:

      Let’s destroy the sewer that is the Wee Ginger Dug website for the continuous smearing of an innocent man they pursue on a daily basis. The c*nts need locking up too.

    249. Kcor says:

      We wish you complete success Mr Salmond.

      The criminals responsible for trying to jail you on false charges must themselves now go to jail.

    250. A2 says:

      I’m pretty sure Salmond will be perfectly aware that this will make him the most hated man in Scotland and may in fact boost Sturgeons popularity whilst simultaneously diluting her grip on the party.

      Seems counter intuitive but he’s a canny operator who both likes a Gamble and has nothing to loose.

      Perhaps Evans isn’t the actual target here , only a convenient proxy.

      If he see’s indi as the biggest prize in the long run over the personal approval ratings of any individual he may indeed be happy to bolster her ratings, in order to get the SNP into a position where it’s got the majority but in a few months time the leadership is forced to take some “advice” from the branches.

      I’ll call this one now he’s actually looking to oust Murrel (Mr) and force the party to do something about indi that it can’t currently be bothered with.

      If that means they then get the credit, so be it, it’s the result that counts.

      I don’t know who said this but.
      “there’s no end to what you can achieve if you don’t mind who gets the credit.”

    251. ian murray says:

      Everybody and their dog (whatever its colour) knows that he will not get a fair shake from Law Enforcement. His statement was just political theatre.It would make no sense to start disparaging the Police when he files a complaint with them.

    252. Kcor says:

      Mia says,

      “For that reason, I am sorry Mr Salmond but I simply cannot accept those ramblings as findings. In my view those reports contain very little in terms of findings and an awful lot of excuses.”

      Apart from the action Mr Salmond is taking, do you have any suggestions what action the “sovereign” people of Scotland could and should now take?

    253. Kcor says:

      Ruby says,

      “So glad Alex Salmond didn’t decide to leave Scotland or to Hibernate.

      How do you think he’ll vote on 6th May?”

      Both votes SNP?

      Ruby says (Three choices),

      “I’m voting SNP 1/2 because I want Nicola Sturgeon to have to face the consequences of her actions.”

    254. Rose Ford says:

      A wee glimmer of hope.

      I can’t imagine how Alex Salmond and his wife have managed to cope with everything that has gone on.

      I fervently hope they are taking very good care of their health.

      More than happy to donate to any crowdfunder Mr. Salmond starts.

    255. Kcor says:

      How long before The National publishes another annonymous attack on Alex Salmond by the Alphabet Women via Rape Crisis Scotland, Sturgeon’s mouthpiece?

    256. Rev. Stuart Campbell says:

      “You havent explained it for a third time, and I’m no ones troll!!”

      For the third and final time: you are NOT banned. EVERYONE WITH A HOTMAIL ADDRESS IS ON PRE-MODERATION because of a troll called “Ronald Fraser”. Hopefully it’s a temporary measure. If you don’t want to be pre-moderated, stop using Hotmail.

    257. Kiwilassie says:

      Lothianlad says:
      24 March, 2021 at 10:25 pm
      You havent explained it for a third time, and I’m no ones troll!!

      Reply
      Lothianlad. Stu mentioned a couple of times if you have a hotmail url that could be the reason why.
      I’m not great with the tech language, but given what’s going on with the SNP trying to shut blogger sites down maybe hotomail isn’t seen as secure.
      I use outlook & have my real name there, so Stu can see at a glance who I am.

    258. Kiwilassie says:

      OOPs! Sorry Stu didn’t notice your post

    259. Lothianlad says:

      “For the third and final time: you are NOT banned. EVERYONE WITH A HOTMAIL ADDRESS IS ON PRE-MODERATION because of a troll called “Ronald Fraser”. Hopefully it’s a temporary measure. If you don’t want to be pre-moderated, stop using Hotmail”

      Must have missed/ not read your previous posts re moderation.

      Thank you for your CLARITY.

    260. Charles Hodgson says:

      Jesus Christ, Lothianlad, I’m sick hearing about your effing hotmail account, wake up FFS.

    261. Breeks says:

      I would share many peoples’ reservations about using the Police and presumably COPFS at some stage, to bring Evans to justice. (That lack of confidence in the system is a measure of how damaging this Conspiracy has been to the system). And I suspect Mr Salmond probably has those same reservations himself.

      But it doesn’t matter whether the rotten apples in the system subvert and obstruct his action, or indeed whether Evans worms out of a conviction. The bottom line is that it is the correct thing to do.

      If you shy away from doing the right thing, then you are no better than Sturgeon.

      And going back to that loss of confidence in the system, I wonder how many Legal Eagles in the Scottish Legal System, unionist or otherwise, who are looking at these unholy shenanigans and the deep rooted damage being caused, and asking themselves just how expendable is one shabby Lord Advocate.

      Alex Salmond isn’t a God, nor a man immune to making mistakes, but he is a man I trust when it comes to doing the right thing. It’s a poor reflection on Scotland, and in particular the shallow pool of political Scottish talent, that Salmond’s great capacity for doing the right thing makes him an oasis of integrity in a barren desert of corruption, incompetence, and malfeasance.

      Scotland produces too few men and women of the calibre of Alex Salmond, Joanna Cherry, or Craig Murray. The Unionist Establishment here in Scotland is terrified when high calibre people begin standing up for what’s right, when what is right is standing up for Scotland.

      That is why Scotland, you and me, needs to treasure these people, support them, and keep them safe from the vicious clutches of Scotland’s enemies. The likes of Salmond, Cherry and Murray need our backing because these people are our people, and they are the brave amongst us who WILL put themselves in harms way for our benefit, and for the good of Scotland.

    262. Kiwilassie says:

      Breeks spot on.
      Alex Salmond isn’t a God, nor a man immune to making mistakes, but he is a man I trust.
      ___________
      Who of all of us are without regrets or sins for our actions in life, whether we be men or women?
      Show me a man or woman that has not made a mistake in life. They are either a virgin in their elder years or a vegetable.

      I think I’m a good person, but I’m not perfect. I have hurt men who wanted a future with me & I rejected them. We had cuddles, not always sleepy, not sexual. these men could in effect accuse me of sexually harassing them.
      They would be in their right as I flirted with them in a social environment.

      This Salmond stitch up is pathetic to me. He is a good man & is being prosecuted by females who either have very low esteem, or don’t know their social biologically.

      Time to clear these people out of both HR & WM parliaments.
      My goodness Nicola has brought the SNP down to her lever. The party is filled with Hoors & male prostitutes.

    263. Robert McDonald says:

      I’m pleased to read the explanation for moderating hotmail address comments …. I was beginning to take it personally !

    264. Colin Alexander says:

      CRAIG MURRAY Contempt of Court hearing TODAY 25TH 10AM:

      How to listen to Craig’s case to show support:

      Dial (United Kingdom toll): +44-20-7660-8149
      Access code: 183 416 6799 ”

      https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/coming-to-court/access-to-virtual-hearings

      Scroll to bottom of page that page for the source of the info.

    265. Grey gull says:

      Breeks@7.37
      Totally agree. I wish I could be as eloquent in putting my thoughts into words.

    266. Ruby says:

      Kcor says:
      25 March, 2021 at 12:48 am
      Ruby says,

      “So glad Alex Salmond didn’t decide to leave Scotland or to Hibernate.

      How do you think he’ll vote on 6th May?”

      Both votes SNP?

      Ruby says (Three choices),

      “I’m voting SNP 1/2 because I want Nicola Sturgeon to have to face the consequences of her actions.”

      Reply

      Why have you singled me out for attention?

      Am I a threat?

      If I were called Robert would I be able to express me views without you stalking me?

      You are being very creepy!

    267. Kiwilassie says:

      I would like to say to Moira. She is a very lucky lady to have such a man as Alex as her husband. It’s obvious he adores you. One misdemeanor in his life & it didn’t include sex with the person proves a lot of his feelings for you.
      What a fortunately lady you are. You’re blessed with the love of your husband.

      People in high positions are well known to cheat on their spouses.
      Having an insight into the corporate world shows this clearly.

      Rest assured Moira we know your husband is a good man.

      If you look at the relationship between Nicola & Peter, It makes you want to vomit. Thank god bairns weren’t born into this unhealthy environment. A higher being stepped in to save the child.

    268. Ruby says:

      Breeks says

      Alex Salmond isn’t a God, nor a man immune to making mistakes,

      Reply

      Does such a man/woman exist?

      The men of ‘Stepford’ found that the only way to get the perfect woman was to replace their wives with drones.

      I’m wondering if that is what Nicola Sturgeon has done with her current lot of MP/MSPs.

      Sure just like in the Ira Levin novel there are a couple of non drones but how long will they last?

      Life in Scotland at the moment is like living in a sci-fi novel.

    269. Zander Tait says:

      Alex Salmond is truly a class act. A top man and a real and true advocate for Scottish Independence. The treatment meted out to him, and others, by the corrupt Scottish Government, the corrupt Scottish Civil Service and the corrupt Crown Prosecution Service is beyond contemptible.

      Every day another dump of keech is dropped upon the good name of Scotland with the latest being the revelation that 2 of the complainants have been hung out to dry, beached, kicked into the long grass by this SG which for two years bleated on about the way these women have been treated.

      Sturgeon does not care, she, as a sociopath, has no conscience. Their usefulness has come to an end so adios amigos.

      My hope us that just one of these women, perhaps the one who did not perjure herself, will realise that she is now guilty by association having been manipulated, coerced, forced into going to the police by this corrupt SG alongside those others who did commit perjury against her will. Perhaps, at some time in the future, she might like to waive her anonymity and set the record straight.

      One trait shared by all sociopaths is that deep down, all they desire is to destroy society completely.

      You’re doing a fine job Sturgeon.

      No votes SNP.

    270. Mia says:

      “do you have any suggestions what action the “sovereign” people of Scotland could and should now take?”

      Bearing in mind I do not have enough legal knowledge so I do not know if any of this is possible or realistic, what I personally would like to see happening is the following:

      1. a way for the sovereign people of Scotland to formally contest the results of those inquiries as woefully insufficient, particularly those of Hamilton and demand a proper judicial inquiry.

      2. some form of legal action from the sovereign people of Scotland against the COPFS and the lord advocate for abuse of power, for constraining our parliament against the interests of Scotland and for tampering and obstructing the parliamentary inquiry at every point, rendering it totally useless, uninformative and for denying the public fundamental evidence that would be necessary for us to cast an informed democratic vote in May. As it is, we do not know what kind of corrupt and unprincipled criminals we may be voting (or not voting) for. In other words, we are being forced by the COPFS to vote blind for what may harm us – this is profoundly undemocratic.

      3. some form of legal action against the COPfS, the parliamentary committee, the SGov, the SNP HQ and the civil service for attempting to cover up what still very much looks like a political conspiracy. The Parliamentary committee or Hamilton could not possibly conclude if there was a conspiracy or not when they refused to demand and to see ALL the documentation that may have proven it. Pretend that they can is, in my view, not only a whitewash, but in fact a deliberate attempt to mislead the public.

      4. some form of legal action against the civil service and Lord Advocate to recover some of the money they unnecessarily forced Scottish taxpayers to waste in a totally unnecessary judicial review. I say unnecessary because it was pretty obvious from the beginning the procedure was unlawful. If a political conspiracy was ever proven, I would like to see that legal action extended to the enormous political investigation that has served taxpayers with a bill that must be running in the millions.

      The money taxpayers are forced to contribute in the form of taxes is to invest in public services, not to be abused by corrupt individuals to get rid of their opponents so they can remain in power.

      A multi-party political conspiracy to keep a particular man out of politics is not what I call a public service. It is in fact a disservice to the people of Scotland.

    271. Mia says:

      @Mia

      I meant to write

      “I would like to see that legal action extended to the enormous police investigation that has served taxpayers with a bill that must be running in the millions”

    272. Roger Gough says:

      Are you sure that AS said anything at all yesterday? He calls for the virtual impeachment of various people yet not one word of it has been reported in England. At least from an MSM perspective

    273. Ruby says:

      Kiwilassie says:

      People in high positions are well known to cheat on their spouses.

      Reply
      That is pretty common and not just amongst people in high positions.

      Cheating on your partner is way more hurtful than having your hair pinged or receiving a jokey text etc.

      If Nicola Sturgeon really wants to protect women from male ‘abuse’ she should put adultery top of the list of behaviour that definitely shouldn’t be allowed.
      She could maybe start by making an example of Angus Robertson.

      Same should apply to women but getting through to Nicola Sturgeon that women aren’t perfect would be impossible and on top of that if the rumour is true she too might be an adulteress.

    274. Auld Jock says:

      Not being legally minded and I read elsewhere if Evans decides to resign does this make the case dead in the water. Or will it then become a case of sue the individual..I’m sure this option must be open to AS. In fact I’m surprised that he hasn’t persued this route already.

    275. Ruby says:

      Zander Tait says:

      No votes SNP.

      Reply

      What are the implications of ‘No votes SNP’?

    276. Ruby says:

      Auld Jock says:
      25 March, 2021 at 9:50 am
      Not being legally minded and I read elsewhere if Evans decides to resign does this make the case dead in the water.

      Reply
      Alex Salmond resigned but his case wasn’t dead in the water.

    277. Zander Tait says:

      Ruby says:
      25 March, 2021 at 9:53 am
      Zander Tait says:

      No votes SNP.

      Reply

      What are the implications of ‘No votes SNP’?

      The implications are a high probability of an Independent Scotland being governed by a political system free of vindictive, mendacious, malevolent and corrupt self serving individuals, over the long term.

      Otherwise?

      Another 5 years of Sturgeon.

      Corruption should never be rewarded with your vote.

      But, I only speak for myself. We are all free to vote however we please.

    278. Auld Jock says:

      Thanks Ruby
      I’m of mind that I don’t want Evans et al..squirming out through some loophole disguised as government rhetoric. TBH I still can’t believe all that’s happened. Plus what confuses me is that there appear to be plenty out there who can’t see the injustice of it all. As for MPs and MSPs it beggers belief that no one, not one has stood against Sturgeon. Even in the old days in WM you always had groups of dissenters. The SNP don’t appear to have anyone with a backbone..strange. I suppose:

      There’s none as blind as those that refuse to see

    279. Maggie says:

      Holy Hell! They are really torturing Craig Murray. Found to be in contempt of court and now has to wait until 7th May to be sentenced.

    280. Finnz says:

      Zander Tait says

      “What are the implications of ‘No votes SNP’?

      The implications are a high probability of an Independent Scotland being governed by a political system free of vindictive, mendacious, malevolent and corrupt self serving individuals, over the long term.”

      Incorrect Zander, the implications are a Tory led coalition lording it over Scotland and dismantling Holyrood. And you dont get more “vindictive, mendacious, malevolent and corrupt self serving individuals” than Murdo, Baillie and Golden…

      In 5 years time, even the building will have been sold for spares.

    281. Zander Tait says:

      Finnz,

      Let’s just agree to disagree. After all, DRoss never tried to get Jackson Carcrash banged up in Barlinnie for 7 to 10 years for crimes he did not commit and Richard Leonard did not reward Monica Lennons successful campaign for the introduction of free female hygiene products with a sacking and the encouragement of Labour members to send rape and death threats to her.

      It is a matter of degree. I note that Trial without Jury is the next SNP nightmare to befall Scotland. What other horrors await Scotland under this SNP leadership?

      NO VOTES SNP.

    282. DunGroanin says:

      So I did phone in for the quick judgement and lawyer asking the birth of CM’s new child to be taken into consideration. Anyone catch which of his posts were deemed to have fallen foul after the fact?

      Also is anyone else finding his twitter being very slow and not loading with the 2 tweets so far? 1st noting how the judgement and sentencing are timed and the second confirming he is standing for Indy not a Refon Indy?

    283. Anna says:

      Its not truth that causes division, its the lack of it. People in high power jobs on high salaries are not exempt from accountability. When they act like they are and get away with it, it breeds contempt, distrust and resentment.

    284. Kcor says:

      Ruby says,

      “Why have you singled me out for attention?

      Am I a threat?”

      You are a liar and your comments show your true colours:

      Ruby says (Three choices),

      “I’m voting SNP 1/2 because I want Nicola Sturgeon to have to face the consequences of her actions.”

      Ruby says,

      “So glad Alex Salmond didn’t decide to leave Scotland or to Hibernate.

      How do you think he’ll vote on 6th May?”

      “What really pisses me off about people like robertknight, Glasgow Racer, Kcor & everyone else on here who accuses me of being a Sturgeonite is that way back when Sturgeon fired Mark MacDonald for sending a text I spotted her true colours they didn’t.”

      Ruby says (The Big Win),

      “I’ve got Kcor who has been a diehard Sturgeonista until about two weeks ago calling me names.”

      Kcor replies (The Big Win),

      “What utter lies. Point me to one post where I have been a “Sturgeonista”, let alone a diehard one.”

    285. Kcor says:

      Mia says,

      “Bearing in mind I do not have enough legal knowledge so I do not know if any of this is possible or realistic, what I personally would like to see happening is the following:”

      After everything that has happened, surely you realise that the plebs are far from “sovereign” and in position to do what you suggest?

      The only power they have right is a constituency vote and a list vote in the coming election.

      Of course you are withholding both your votes.

      Do you believe all independence supporters should follow your example?

      What will that achieve?

    286. Kcor says:

      Zander Tait says,

      “NO VOTES SNP.”

      Agreed, but it has come to the stage where we must vote tactically against SNP candidates in the constituencies to get rid of the corrupt lying criminal SNP.

      I would have preferred high profile candidates like Tommy Sheridan, Craig Murray and Martin Keatings to stand against the likes of Sturgeon, Robertson and Swinney.

      Craig Murray has international contacts. If he had announced his candidacy against Robertson (instead of the stupidly advocating both votes SNP), they might not have dared to find him guilty.

    287. Anna says:

      If Craig Murray goes to jail for “ unknowingly” , “inadvertently” “ unwittingly” by “jigsaw” identified women in a court case, surely so will the person who KNOWINGLY, DELIBERATELY leaked confidential government documents to a newspaper?

    288. John Mcgregor says:

      Did the “hubby” get a mention in the report’s ? From the start the parly committee was set up too fail. The Hamilton inquiry – the first min refered herself to him Why him? His remit was set out by mr swine y Who sent him down the road furthest from the truth What would of happened if the committee found in her favour n the impartial QC !!! found against her ? Good luck AS drain the swamp for the whole of Scotland # 55

    289. Alastair Naughton says:

      Go Alex!!!



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