The assassins take aim
The British gutter press is a sewer unto itself. It seduces prurience and fucks integrity.
The editor of the toilet rag called the Scottish Daily Record – circulation in free fall and still using recycled manure as printer’s ink – takes great pride in announcing the former First Minister and distinguished MP, Alex Salmond, is accused of sexual harassment by two former female officials – their anonymity is protected – a sleaze monger’s delight hoping to defame a public official.
Be warned, the British civil service are involved, two in particular, and they will ensure Sturgeon is mired in the mess one way or another. Unfortunately for Nicola, she appointed one of them. They are all likely to be witnesses in court.
In interviews Salmond vigorously denies the accusations, repeatedly accusing Leslie Evans, the permanent secretary to the Scottish government, of mishandling the investigation. Ms Evans was born in Northern Ireland, educated in Sheffield and Liverpool. She has lived in Scotland since the mid-Eighties, working in local and then national government from 2000. She is responsible to the Tory Scottish Secretary of State, David Mundell, but was chosen for her current post by Nicola Sturgeon.
By placing the matter in in the hands of the police Evans is one of the accusers. The other is Judith MacKinnon, whose job is weirdly described as Head of People Advice at the Scottish Government. She was previously Head of Human Resource Governance at Police Scotland. I have no idea what ‘Head of People Advice’ actually involves as a job.
Why the delay?
The accusation comes five years late. Five years. Five years is a long time to hold a grievance and stay in the same job never mind the same office. Did the complainants approach Evans or MacKinnon or did either approach the complainants? If the latter then one is placed in the position of encouraging, cajoling an individual to make a complaint, and how to make it, a procedure tantamount to a stitch up.
David Clegg the Record’s editor is unable to make up his mind if the alleged offence is a sexual assault, harassment, or mild misconduct; the headline changes more often than a greasy hack changes his underpants.
Expect British zealots to ramp up the story in an effort to claim the SNP is a party falling apart. Clegg’s boast that the Record broke the story and is was the ‘lead story on televisions and radio news” is no less than gloating. The BBC is having a field day, and will follow the story assiduously.
An easy prediction
Another referendum is on the horizon, Westminster is at its weakest, Labour and Tories in disarray, Salmond says he’d love to be back in politics to see independence through, the red warning lights flash on at Mi5 and Mi6 HQs, and they go into overdrive.
Scotland’s enemies have tried the following smears and more to ground him: he’s a loose cannon, unreliable as a team player; he’s grossly overweight from over-indulgence of pies; he’s an inveterate gambler with serious debts; he’s a full-blown alcoholic – none proving true in the slightest, and now we are to believe the most hated and hunted and watched, over-weight Scottish politician, is capable of treating women as if sex objects.
Another attack by the British Establishment was easy to predict. Discrediting a totemic Scots politician is guaranteed. There has not existed a single Scottish politician keen on autonomy who has not had their character or private life besmirched by the pawns of the British state. In one infamous case, an SNP Chairman, Willie MacRae, was found shot in the back of the head on a lonely Highland road, apparently the result of ‘suicide’, his gun forty feet away in a field.
Sex is a very British smear.
Sexual misconduct among buttoned-up MPs might seem very British but it is a tactic used by governments the world over to defame vexatious opponents it cannot eliminate; the more extreme the sexual deviance, the greater the public disgust. Sex drives so many things. The are men in high office who know their ‘habits’ will wreck their careers but the adrenaline rush of not being caught is the motivation. Women share that category. I hold the contrary view that barren Queen Elizabeth I saw Mary Queen of Scots as a sexual competitor as much as a contender for the throne.
Getting spurned by a man can upset a woman. So too can a fatherly hand on a shoulder interpreted as patronising and unwanted, or a miss-timed risqué joke. There are just as many predatory woman as there are men, and in that regard each one of us has a story to tell. Power can act like an aphrodisiac.
Innocents are accused of evil, hypocrisy is everywhere, an unhealthy distrust of men the rule. In today’s climate no one wants to condemn an accusation as unsubstantiated.
A man and a woman
As for Alex Salmond, he’s stated he has failings like any other human being but sexual harassment of staff “is not one of them”. For the life of me I can’t think why he’d risk ruining a great political career and perhaps a nation’s hopes by jumping bones when he has so many enemies around him and friends he dare not trust implicitly. His offices in Bute House are sure to be bugged by the British state police.
Nicola Sturgeon makes plain the process of enquiry must be applied “without fear or favour, regardless of identity, seniority or political allegiance of the person involved”, a statement, nevertheless, profoundly disappointing. Sturgeon was her mentor. Though she explained why days later, it was just as cold.
Agents of colonialism
When a nation’s security officials are unaccountable to the people or parliament they can do what they want without fear of punishment.
Recently, an English court decided British security services can commit any crime they wish in pursuit of their brief and do it without fear of the law. And let’s not forget, those same agents of the Crown tried to smear Nicola Sturgeon a few times and failed. An independent state cannot guarantee its institutions will not be infiltrated by government criminals from another state, but it can bring the bastards to book.
NOTE 2: The Sins of Salmond https://wp.me/p4fd9j-mTL