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 state is involved, two civil servants in particular, and they will ensure Sturgeon is mired in the mess one way or another. Unfortunately for Nicola, she appointed one of them. The civil servants in question are accountable to Westminster. They are all likely to be witnesses in court. It was the civil servants not the police who instructed the case. They gathered the evidence, some say ‘concocted’, not the police, and they presented it to the police. Civil servants briefed against the one politician most feared by their London masters.
In interviews and to the charges, Alex Salmond vigorously denies the accusations, repeatedly accusing Leslie Evans, permanent secretary to the Scottish government, of mishandling the investigation. [He won that first part of his case.] Who is Leslie Evans? She 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. [Until lately] She is responsible to the Tory Scottish Secretary of State, David Mundell, [now Alister Jack] 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.
A stitch up
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 that is tantamount to 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 almost as you look at the word. Clegg’s boast that the Record broke the story and it was the ‘lead story on televisions and radio news” is nothing less than gloating.
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 GCHQ, Mi5 and Mi6 HQs, and they go into overdrive.
Scotland’s enemies have tried smears and more to ground Salmond: he’s a loose cannon, unreliable as a team player; grossly overweight from over-indulgence of pies; an inveterate gambler with serious debts; a full-blown alcoholic – none proving true – he chases curries. Now we are to believe the most hated and hunted and watched, over-weight, asthmatic Scottish politician is a serial rapist.
This 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 notorious unsolved 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. I hold the view the barren Queen Elizabeth I saw Mary Queen of Scots as a sexual competitor as much as a legitimate 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.
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. Salmond was her mentor. Does she know nothing of his character?
Agents of colonialism
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.
Let’s not forget, those same agents of the Crown tried to smear Nicola Sturgeon a few times. The next step is to send in a Trojan horse. 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.
Alex Salmond was pronounced Not Guilty on all counts in a trial held over two weeks in March 2020, in Edinburgh’s High Court. This exoneration raises a question mark over the motivations and honesty of the civil servants surrounding Scotland’s First Minister.