IN SHOCK MOVE, BLOG TRANSITIONS TO NEWS

My apologies to all of my readers who are eagerly awaiting Parts Three and Four of A Very Scottish Coup, and especially to all of my readers who are journalists with the Murdoch and Newsquest titles, but I just had to take this short break to let you all know that the events I haveContinue reading “IN SHOCK MOVE, BLOG TRANSITIONS TO NEWS”

A VERY SCOTTISH COUP (PART TWO)

In Part One, I asked what would happen if we suspended disbelief, and all of our critical faculties, and took Nicola Sturgeon and her civil servants at their word on the handling of complaints against Alex Salmond. Specifically, I asked what would happen if we believed Sturgeon, Evans and the rest that the First MinisterContinue reading “A VERY SCOTTISH COUP (PART TWO)”

A VERY SCOTTISH COUP (PART ONE)

Let me be clear, as the First Minister herself likes to say. I don’t think Nicola Sturgeon was being truthful when she made this statement to the Scottish Parliament on 10 January 2019 about the complaints against Alex Salmond: “I did not know how the Scottish Government was dealing with the complaint, I did notContinue reading “A VERY SCOTTISH COUP (PART ONE)”

CONTRARY TO THE FACTS: THE EVIDENCE OF LESLIE EVANS AND JUDITH MACKINNON

It won’t surprise readers of this blog to learn that two of the Scottish Government’s most senior officials – Head of “People Advice” Judith Mackinnon and Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans – have once again given evidence to the Salmond inquiry which is contrary to the facts. In this and the next couple of posts I’llContinue reading “CONTRARY TO THE FACTS: THE EVIDENCE OF LESLIE EVANS AND JUDITH MACKINNON”

THEY CAME FOR MARK HIRST

On 7 January 2021 my friend Mark Hirst was acquitted of the charge brought against him by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). His alleged crime had been the practice of journalism. The court made clear in upholding the defence submission of no case to answer that comments Mark had made on aContinue reading “THEY CAME FOR MARK HIRST”

SEX AND GENDER: A REQUEST FOR CLARITY

I’ve just sent the following letter by email to SNP Councillor Mhairi Hunter who is, I understand, a close confidante of the First Minister. I’ll let readers of this blog know if I get a response, which I promise to publish here in full. Dear Ms Hunter I have been reading with interest your tweetsContinue reading “SEX AND GENDER: A REQUEST FOR CLARITY”

PETER MURRELL EXPLAINS WHY RETROSPECTIVE PROCEDURES ARE UNLAWFUL

My apologies to readers who have been waiting for the promised expansion of my last post. I’m afraid that is turning into a very long post which I expect to publish this week. Meantime, Peter Murrell this morning must surely be the least impressive witness yet at the inquiry, and that is saying something. HeContinue reading “PETER MURRELL EXPLAINS WHY RETROSPECTIVE PROCEDURES ARE UNLAWFUL”

WHEN BLACK MEANS WHITE: THE ZANY WORLD OF THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

Yesterday, John Somers told the inquiry that he had no involvement in the development of the procedure which was used against Alex Salmond. This is not true. Somers, in his capacity as Nicola Sturgeon’s Principal Private Secretary, had a key role in developing the policy at a critical time. On Wednesday 6 December 2017, afterContinue reading “WHEN BLACK MEANS WHITE: THE ZANY WORLD OF THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT”