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, of what status no one can say for the accusers are protected by anonymity – 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.
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 means.
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, but that procedure is 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 t 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 Scottish politician alive 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.
Sex is a very British smear.
Inevitably, and with justification, talk will come around to a set up, a smear to discredit Salmond. This is doubly so now we know the case was leaked to the Record, and not the result of an exhaustive investigation as implied by that rag’s sad editor. News of it arrived just before Sturgeon was due to announce a date for a referendum over the Brexit fiasco and its repercussions for Scotland.
When a nation’s security officials are unaccountable to the people or parliament they can do what they want without fear of punishment. Special Branch, hired infiltrators, MI5 and MI6 are all villains of the peace. They sleep with women who do not realise a spy is using them. Those same agents of the Crown tried to smear Nicola Sturgeon a few times and failed.
Granted, the accusation of sexual misconduct is a tactic used by governments the world over to defame vexatious opponents it cannot immediately execute; the worse the sexual deviance, the greater the public disgust.
Sex drives so many things. The are men in high office know their ‘habits’ will wreck their careers but the adrenalin 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.
Libido, pal, what’s that?
In modern times we have Westminster politics littered with the spent condoms of illicit sex. Tony Blair was linked to too many affectionate evenings ‘listening’ to the marriage anxieties of the Dirty Digger’s wife Wendi Déng who then divorced her for another courtesan, the ‘model’ Jerry Hall.
Lately we had the idiotic sight of two SNP MPs sharing the same woman. There was the case of Edinburgh Labour MP Nigel Griffiths using his House of Commons office as his casting couch. And who can rid themselves of the vomit inducing image of Mr Cellophane, prime minister John Major humping MP Edwina Currie over his Cabinet Room desk – one assumes having first swept hard objects off it for her comfort except the one she was willing to accept.
Finally, we have Tory minister Damien Green with an office computer crammed with pornography. In all these cases there were witnesses to the event, and the offenders exhibited compulsive behaviour.
Sex makes the word go around
Sex is a complicated thing, in the office, a hot house where strange weeds are apt to grow. 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. I’ve heard women do the same to women. There are just as many belligerent woman as there are predatory men, and in that regard each one of us has a story to tell of a damn close thing.
Removing people from employment and power by sexual innuendo or accusation is as old as the pyramids. Fear of loss of status or banishment by your community is intimidating. Hysteria spreads fear. 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 like Sturgeon’s in Bute House are sure to be bugged.
I mentioned Nicola Sturgeon earlier. She 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.
It is depressing because it is so cold. Courage demands you say more of the political guardian who nurtured your path to power whom you found to be a person of honour.
NOTE: A statement issued by Nicola Sturgeon a few days later redressed the balance somewhat, but not after her initial coyness caused a great deal of consternation among independence watchers.
NOTE 2: The Sins of Salmond https://wp.me/p4fd9j-mTL