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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Nicola Sturgeon’s Pre-Funeral; former SNP leader Alex Salmond wins court battle with Scottish Government, after the ‘wee victory’ in Edinburgh Salmond calls on top civil servant to quit her post, but is Sturgeon’s career marked for the funeral pyre, TV interview sees downtrodden SNP leader on the backfoot

Dear All

One thing that the SNP like to do is distract people by flagging up a bit of #fakenews, yesterday, the fake news was Nicola Sturgeon is going to announce a second independence date ‘very soon’. The media and commentators would normally be all over this story but this is a deflection from what you should be looking at.

So, what should you be looking at today?

Let me assist you, Alex Salmond wins court battle with Scottish Government.

Can you imagine the heat on Nicola Sturgeon’s neck now that Salmond has won his legal battle with the Scottish Government after it admitted it mishandled sexual harassment complaints against him? Can you sniff a return of SNP membership, the marshalling of Salmond’s forces, a bloody coup behind the scenes?

Can you imagine Nicola Sturgeon and her SNP Chief Executive husband Peter Murrell quietly retiring, him out the door and her steeping away to the back benches?

In truth, I didn’t think that Alex Salmond would lose, after all how perverse would it be if the Scottish Courts had backed an unfair system put into place by the Scottish Government? I wonder how many people will stop for a moment and ask the general question, why would the Scottish Government put in place an unfair system in the first place? They must have know about human rights, they must have known about Article Six, the right to a fair trial, they are staffed by multiple lawyers!

Salmond currently sitting in the political wilderness is 64, he is also doing a show on the Russian Channel RT, although he would want to possibly return to the political scene, well it is easy money and secured, he is a man without a party.

He is a punter!

Salmond has won a battle, but he is a long way from winning the ‘war’ before he can even think about a ‘D-Day’ landing storming the SNP HQ for a membership application.

He has been accused of sexual misconduct by two female civil servants relating to his time in office five years earlier. He has always strongly denied the allegations and any criminality but in order to get a candidacy, it rather looks like he would need to become leader.

Of course, if he does win all the way, you can imagine the sickening photo op of ‘unity’ photos with Nicola Sturgeon being played out in the press. Nicola would be doing a lot of talking saying things, like it is ‘right matters can be discussed’ etc etc. One fly in the ointment is the separate police investigation ongoing and active and digging like Yorkshire coal miners, looking for any nuggets of interests.

Today’s victory was not about the substance of the allegations against Alex Salmond but the process used, speaking after a hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh; Mr Salmond hailed an “emphatic victory”. Before you get carried away, this win doesn’t rate a victory parade through the streets of the Capital like a Rome General entering Rome. After the hearing, it appears that Salmond had nothing good to say about the Scottish Government’s Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans. He accused her of wasting “huge amounts of public money and to milk it added in this was an incompetent attempt to enforce an unlawful process. I wonder if Nicola Sturgeon has given Evans assurances on her future job prospects given that her own look a bit ropey these days.

Salmond added:

“Now, having incurred those costs to the public purse, she has collapsed the case prior to a full hearing. As a former First Minister, I find that conduct entirely unworthy.”

In a lengthy statement, Evans apologised for how the complaints were dealt with but she left the door open for the Scottish Government to re-investigate the allegations.

Evans said:

“Lawyers for the Scottish Government and for Alex Salmond have this morning informed the Court of Session that his action has been settled and the Court has approved that settlement. As part of the settlement, I have accepted that the decision reached after the investigation of two complaints made against Mr Salmond should be set aside. This action is being taken because it has become clear that, in one respect only (albeit an important one), the investigation was procedurally flawed. However, it is important to stress that this relates to the operational application of the Procedure for Handling Complaints Involving Current or Former Ministers (‘the Procedure’)”.

This translates to FU Salmond.

Evans added:

“The Scottish Government considers the Procedure itself to be robust and it remains in place. After reassessing all the materials available, I have concluded that an impression of partiality could have been created based on one specific point – contact between the Investigating Officer and the two complainants around the time of their complaints being made in January 2018. The full picture only became evident in December 2018 as a result of the work being undertaken to produce relevant documents in advance of the hearing.

I want to apologise to all involved for the failure in the proper application of this one particular part of the Procedure. There is nothing to suggest that the Investigating Officer did not conduct their duties in an impartial way”.

Evans concluded by saying:

“Unfortunately, the interactions with the complainants in advance of the complaints being made meant that the process was flawed, however impartially and fairly the Investigating Officer conducted the investigation. All the other grounds of Mr Salmond’s challenge have been dismissed. The Scottish Government has acted in good faith at all times and will continue to do so. It was right and proper that these complaints were investigated and I stand by the decision to carry out that investigation. It is also important to note that the procedural flaw in the investigation does not have implications, one way or the other, for the substance of the complaints or the credibility of the complainers. The Judicial Review was never about the substance of the complaints, but about the process that took place to investigate those complaints. It is accordingly open to the Scottish Government to re-investigate the complaints and, subject to the views of the complainants, it would be our intention to consider this – however, this will only be once ongoing police inquiries have concluded”.

If the police investigation falls flat, then it would be interesting to see if Evans would be up for ‘Round Two’, but given that is so far down the road, she might have ‘cleared her desk’ and headed off into the setting Sun of retirement.

Finally, although Salmond has hailed his technical win as an “emphatic victory”, victory, yes, emphatic, not really, there still the several battles and probably plenty of ‘leaking’ to the press yet to come. The SNP Cult has moved on since the Salmond era, everyone has their new chair on the Titanic captained by Nicola Sturgeon; they wouldn’t want to scrabble for a new chair. The SNP don’t even want Alex Salmond in their life raft!

Yours sincerely

George Laird

The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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Labels: Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon, SNP

Monday, January 7, 2019

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon’s panto season , Sturgeon’s delusion self exposed ‘Brexit has ‘strengthened case for Scottish independence’, some people would be embarrassed to spout such rubbish, fable mandate that doesn’t exist and other dreadful tosh marks Sturgeon as the ultimate Brexit loser, her panto season as leader is almost over!

Dear All

It maybe a new year but the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is still peddling the same old failed bankrupt goods on Scottish Independence, she has said Brexit has “materially strengthened” the case for Scottish independence.

Rubbish!

Yes, rubbish, it wouldn’t matter what the issue was good or bad, in the tiny mind of Nicola Sturgeon everything has to be about Scottish independence and everything has to justify her position.

As part of the ‘plan’, Sturgeon relies on grievance by saying that Scotland’s interests are being “completely ignored and sidelined”.

Have you ever stopped and asked why the SNP#s interests have been “completely ignored and sidelined”?

Let me enlighten you, they deliberately chose not to be team players with the UK Government, an opportunity existed for them, an olive branch was extended, when it was rebuffed, they dug their own hole.

Stupidity won out over commonsense, Scotland could have got a bung just as Northern Ireland did to be a team player, Ireland got an extra billion, we got hee haw, all thanks to Nicola Sturgeon.

Nicola Sturgeon cost Scots plenty, extra money for health, extra money for investment, extra money for education, because of her, we lost out. In an attempt to bloster her position as SNP leader which is looking rather weak, even in nationalist circles, Sturgeon is on a mission, to buy time.

What is the goal?

Firefighting to keep her in power as First Minister post 2021!

Its all about the First Minister’s Scottish roubles salted away before her position becomes untenable as SNP leader and she stepps down to let ‘young blood’ take over, actually, more like getting out the road and trying to wangle a departure that looks credible.

Passing the baton, you get the drift?

What happened in 2016 in Brexit was a watershed moment, it set the UK back on the road to full sovereignty which was in the interest of every part of the UK, a million Scots voted to leave the UK. Nothing since then has reinforced the case to stay, not the mutiny by some Conservative Brexiteers, not the rhetoric of Junker, not the attempt to extort us by the EU Cabal.

The EU are not the UK’s friends!

After doing periodic shouting, Sturgeon says she will not be drawn on timings around an independence referendum, this is because she has no legal right or authority to call a vote. So whether she waits until this phase of the Brexit process concludes or not, she is just treading water. One thing you do know that Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t have a mandate to have an independence referendum within this term of the Holyrood parliament. If the parliament had, it would have used it before now.

There is no mandate!

Sturgeon said:

“Everything that has happened over the past couple of years, from Scotland facing exit from the EU against our will to every reasonable attempt at compromise to protect Scotland’s interests by the Scottish Government being spurned, to the powers of the Scottish  Parliament being eroded, to the UK Government even taking the Scottish Government to court, all of that has strengthened and reinforced the case for Scotland to be independent, because these are not just academic arguments, all of this will have a material impact on Scotland’s economy and well-being for decades to come.”

Scotland didn’t face exit from the EU against its will because Scotland wasn’t voting as a country, everyone was voting in a UK wide vote, so Sturgeon is peddling rubbish and always will because she has nothing else to sell.

She added:

“The case for independence is materially strengthened from an already strong base in 2014 because of all of the experience of Scotland in the last two years. We were told in 2014 that it was voting for independence that would put in peril our membership of the European Union. Because we didn’t vote for independence, we now not just find ourselves facing exit, the voice and the interests of Scotland are being completely ignored and sidelined.”

You know the more you learn about politics and what is going on, the greater the light shines on these people, and that light clearly shows how willing the SNP is to sell out the people of this country by their small mindedness.

Nicola Sturgeon wants another vote, what she doesn’t want is a General Election because, the SNP are a busted flush, in two short years, they dropped from 56 MPs to 35 MPs, why so steep?

Because the SNP leadership trawled the bottom of the barrel and although you could argue there are worse in the wings, this lot sitting at Westminster certainly aren’t anything to write home about.

Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw said:

“Today Scots are heading back to work at the beginning of a new year, but Nicola Sturgeon is stuck in the past.”

Stuck in the past because she knows that she has no future!

Carlaw added:

“As at the start of 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015 her priority is to rerun the referendum of 2014. People across the country will correctly be thinking, ‘There she goes again’. The best new year’s resolution the SNP could make would be to drop the independence obsession and concentrate on delivering for the people of Scotland.”

Concentrate on delivering for the people of Scotland?

That boat sailed a long time ago, we need a change of government, we need the SNP gone!

Finally, the more you learn, the more you read, the more you hold your own with these people, you can see the cracks, recently the SNP MEP was mentioned as possibly standing in Ruth Davidson’s seat. The angry Nat who I debated on BBC Radio Scotland is waking up to the truth, the party is over.

Yours sincerely

George Laird

The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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