AN URGENT QUESTION

According to the latest bulletin from Scottish Government mouthpiece Rape Crisis Scotland, the First Minister’s Chief of Staff Liz Lloyd intervened in the Salmond complaints process on behalf of a woman who later became “one of the complainers” against Salmond at his criminal trial. The woman – let’s call her Ms X – has usedContinue reading “AN URGENT QUESTION”

DID JOHN SOMERS LIE TO THE FABIANI INQUIRY?

Documents just released by the Scottish Government strongly suggest that the First Minister’s Principal Private Secretary John Somers attended a crucial meeting on 13 November 2018 where advice was sought from senior counsel on the crisis that had arisen in the defence of Alex Salmond’s judicial review action. Somers has previously denied on solemn affirmationContinue reading “DID JOHN SOMERS LIE TO THE FABIANI INQUIRY?”

WHAT THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT KNEW AND WHEN THEY KNEW IT

NOTE: I’ve edited this post after reviewing the legal advice published by the Scottish Government, as it contained some inaccuracies, for which my apologies. I’m afraid this will also delay the next post a little longer. Apologies for that too. GD 12/03/21 Part Three of A Very Scottish Coup is nearly done and I’ll postContinue reading “WHAT THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT KNEW AND WHEN THEY KNEW IT”

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”