Tuesday 23 March 2021

The myth of Sturgeon


Alex Salmond was acquitted one year ago. At the time I was astonished that a jury could fail to believe nine women witnesses. It is always difficult to prove what happened in private some years ago, but if it is not possible to convict a man of sexual assault in Scotland when there are nine witnesses, we might as well give up prosecuting such cases entirely. Like many people with no inside knowledge of how the Scottish Government and the SNP work I was left baffled. I thought Mr Salmond was extremely lucky. Judging from the evidence I had read in the newspapers I would have convicted him.

I now believe that if Mr Salmond had been convicted there would have been a monstrous miscarriage of justice. It has become clear during the past year, that there was a conspiracy against him. Far from being perverse, the jury were unusually perceptive. Their decision to acquit Mr Salmond was not supposed to have happened. If Mr Salmond had been jailed, we would have discovered nothing about the conspiracy. Whatever mistakes the Scottish Government might have made in its investigation of a former minister would have been justified by the result that nine women had achieved justice.

We discovered yesterday that Nicola Sturgeon too has been acquitted of breaking the ministerial code, but the evidence against her has been building up for the past year. It has become like the rock that Sisyphus had to drag up a hill. At any moment it is liable to fling her to the bottom of the hill. The hill is her dream of Scottish independence. She has now become the burden that the SNP bears. For a year she has appeared on TV every day and it has been enough to convert many to the cause, but now when she appears viewers are reminded of the woman who didn’t know, couldn’t remember and wasn’t there.

The Scottish Government promised to be forthcoming and helpful to the Alex Salmond Inquiry, but it wasn’t. It did everything it could to prevent the Committee seeing the evidence. It required a vote of no confidence in John Swinney to get legal information released. If the Scottish Government has nothing to hide, why did it hide?

But gradually the evidence emerged anyway. A policy was changed so that former ministers could be investigated and then lo and behold Alex Salmond was investigated, but Nicola Sturgeon knew nothing about it and hadn’t authorised close colleagues of hers to do anything. We are supposed to believe that Sturgeon who is on TV because she can’t bear to delegate was not in charge and not involved as her chief of staff and husband wrote messages and the whole SNP party machine was trying to find evidence against Mr Salmond.

It is not so much any one piece of evidence that shows Sturgeon’s involvement. It may also be possible to think that one text message was innocent even if it appeared to be guilty. But just as other things being equal we ought to be believe nine women if they claim they were sexually assaulted, so as each piece of evidence of a conspiracy came to light it eventually became impossible to believe that all was innocent in the Scottish Government. It is clear merely from the tone of various messages that senior people close to Sturgeon were at least hostile to Mr Salmond and that they hoped that he would be convicted. Yet we are supposed to believe that she was not hostile.

To read about disappointment that someone had failed to deliver witnesses against Mr Salmond, or that someone else was wavering about testifying but was then keen to see him convicted, is to have a view inside the SNP and the Scottish Government that is sinister and frightening. If even Alex Salmond could have all these people trying to put him in jail, what would happen to an ordinary citizen who made important people in the SNP angry. It’s like poisoning someone with Novichok to demonstrate that if you betray Putin, he will find a way to get you. If Alex Salmond had been jailed no one would have dared to disagree with Nicola Sturgeon.

If I had been on the jury a year ago, with the information given to me by the BBC and others I would have convicted. I knew nothing about any conspiracy. I knew nothing about the behind the scenes manoeuvring against Alex Salmond.   But it was not the mainstream media that knew the truth then. It was people like Craig Murray who have done most to tell the rest of us what really happened. Now it looks as if he may be convicted of contempt of court and perhaps sent to jail. It would be a warning to everyone else to keep silent. Mr Murray is a political opponent, but he also a human being who has tried to do good. We should all wish him well.

It would be ironic if someone who tried to tell the truth were to be jailed, while someone who tried to evade telling the truth were to be acquitted. The weight of evidence of a conspiracy against Alex Salmond is now overwhelming. The evidence we have discovered in the past year only makes sense if there was a conspiracy. It is also the only reasonable explanation for why nine women were not believed by the jury.

Sturgeon will not resign. She would not have resigned even if she had been found to break the ministerial code. But what matters now is that Scots of all political views join together to get rid of the corruption that has taken over the Scottish Government and the SNP. What is the point of gaining independence if you end up with a Government that can conspire against Alex Salmond? If it can conspire against him, it can conspire against you. Anyone who thinks that we could get rid of Sturgeon after independence might as well suppose that the Russian people can get rid of Putin.

If we can deprive the SNP and the Greens of a majority, it might just be possible to investigate further, delve deeper. Imagine what evidence a full public inquiry into the Scottish Government would reveal. It would show that Sturgeon has not merely broken the ministerial code, but much else besides. At that point she will lie at the bottom of the hill crushed by the weight of evidence.

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