THE INSTITUTIONAL BIAS OF COPFS

In an encouraging display of backbone, the Convenor of the Salmond inquiry has written to the Lord Advocate pointing out that if Barbara Allison and the Scottish Government can use COPFS as their own private data store, then maybe it’s time the Lord Advocate provided the same service for the inquiry. As the Convenor pointsContinue reading “THE INSTITUTIONAL BIAS OF COPFS”

WHAT DID THE FIRST MINISTER KNOW AND WHEN DID SHE KNOW IT?

A redacted version of the Open Record which sets out the pleadings of the parties as adjusted to the time when Leslie Evans and the Scottish Government finally conceded defeat was published by the Salmond inquiry on Friday. It contains page after page of shocking detail which should put to rest once and for allContinue reading “WHAT DID THE FIRST MINISTER KNOW AND WHEN DID SHE KNOW IT?”

STURGEON: “JE RECUSE”

One aspect of the First Minister’s abdication of her responsibilities which seems to have passed unnoticed in the Salmond inquiry is her decision to “recuse” herself from providing the Scottish Government’s evidence to it. It’s difficult to ascertain exactly when this decision was made or when it was first communicated, so I have submitted aContinue reading “STURGEON: “JE RECUSE””

SALMOND INQUIRY: AN ESSENTIAL QUESTION

In August 2018, in a story breaking the news of the formal complaints against Alex Salmond and the Leslie Evans investigation of them, journalist David Clegg wrote in the Daily Record: “Acting on a tip-off, we submitted questions to the Scottish Government on October 31 last year, in a bid to ascertain if any complaintsContinue reading “SALMOND INQUIRY: AN ESSENTIAL QUESTION”

SALMOND INQUIRY: THE BLUNDER THAT GIVES THE GAME AWAY

In my first post on this blog, I detailed how the Scottish Government procedure for handling complaints against former Ministers was radically “recast” in early December 2017 so that, bizarrely, it now excluded the First Minister completely from any role in it. The “recast” turned over the entire responsibility for investigating complaints and deciding whetherContinue reading “SALMOND INQUIRY: THE BLUNDER THAT GIVES THE GAME AWAY”

SALMOND INQUIRY : LIES, LIES, LIES

While the many lies told by the Scottish Government about its treatment of Alex Salmond are now being exposed daily, it’s important to remember that they’re all ultimately in service of one central lie: that Nicola Sturgeon “tried to do the right thing”. One way in which that lie was exposed by the revelations onContinue reading “SALMOND INQUIRY : LIES, LIES, LIES”

SALMOND INQUIRY: THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S CASE MAKES NO SENSE

The Scottish Government have submitted a Statement to the Salmond inquiry in which they seek to explain why they waved the white flag in the judicial review without ever having done anything wrong. As you might imagine, that’s not an easy task, so we probably shouldn’t be too surprised that the Statement makes no senseContinue reading “SALMOND INQUIRY: THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S CASE MAKES NO SENSE”

SALMOND INQUIRY: MORE DIVERSIONARY TACTICS BY COPFS

The Scottish Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) appear now to be claiming that material disclosed by them to Alex Salmond’s lawyers cannot be further disclosed by Salmond’s lawyers to the inquiry without a criminal offence being committed. I know from personal experience that any such claim is false. It is entirely within theContinue reading “SALMOND INQUIRY: MORE DIVERSIONARY TACTICS BY COPFS”

SALMOND INQUIRY: WHY DIDN’T THEY ASK EVANS?

Readers of my last two posts will have been disappointed, I’m sure, with both the questions asked and the answers given at the Salmond inquiry yesterday. It might be worth reminding ourselves of the remit of the inquiry: “To consider and report on the actions of the First Minister, Scottish Government officials and special advisersContinue reading “SALMOND INQUIRY: WHY DIDN’T THEY ASK EVANS?”