No democracy can be healthy if the Government cannot be held to account, in a situation where it cannot act with honour, the job of the opposition becomes even more crucial. In Scotland, we are living under a tin pot dictator called Nicola Sturgeon. She is destroying Scotland from both the top down and the ground up. You could argue that she is destroying the country in the belief that Scots with nothing will give her their votes in the same way as many disadvantaged working class people have done in the past. Her government however is a sham, her cabinet is just window dressing, and we find ourselves in a rather odd place. Sturgeon acts as if she was the President of Scotland. In this era, she and her government are destroying small businesses with their 'voodoo mumbo jumbo' science regarding lockdowns and restrictions. There is also another thing which is being destroyed and that is the tiny wee bit of credibly that the Scottish Parliament has. Sturgeon and her SNP advisors are desperate to stop the truth coming out about their role in the Alex Salmond affair. They don't want people to know anything of note, they don't want witnesses to be interviewed, they want to suppress documents and evidence.
The Scottish Government is tainted, its tainted because there is a sizeable number of Scottish people that believe that the SNP Government attempted to destroy an innocence man using the powers of the State. We know that they acted illegally, that's proven, we know that those who acted illegally are still in their jobs, and we know that in the both 'trials' that Alex Salmond was put through that Nicola Sturgeon was extremely close to some of the women who were Salmond's accusers. How close Nicola Sturgeon was to them is suppressed by the Court of the Criminal Trial who granted these women anonymity. Everything is being done so the public never knows the full extent of what some people openly call a 'conspiracy'. And I think looking at the actions of the senior SNP Government Ministers, it's hard not to simply dismiss their views.
But the truth will eventually come out, like a pebble rolling down a hill, truth as a momentum all of its own. The Alex Salmond inquiry at Holyrood was setup to fail by the SNP, but despite this, their inquiry is toxic for Sturgeon. Sturgeon's advisors are doing everything to limit its effectiveness and shut it down. As the Salmond inquiry plods on, Nicola Sturgeon is facing an unprecedented second Holyrood defeat over her refusal to release Scottish Government legal advice. Already prior to the vote on a Conservative motion, the law firm acting for Salmond has accused the SNP of defaming them and Salmond. This was alleged to have been done in a SNP research briefing circulated among the party's MSPs. This raises many questions such as who is the author or authors of this document? Who do they work directly or indirectly for? Did someone tell them what to write in relation to Salmond and his legal team? Who vetted this document prior to it being sent to the party's MSPs? Did Nicola Sturgeon, her team or any SNP Minister sign it off as ready for publication? These are all questions which just keep on coming in the light of the Salmond inquiry doing its work.
The Scottish Conservatives have put forward a motion to parliament demanding that the legal advice later today, having already voted 63-54 in favour of release on November 4. Nicola Sturgeon's government aren't going to act in good faith, you could tell this when they said that they will release material 'relevant' to the inquiry. They decide what they consider relevant which is so open to abuse, this is why Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has said his party may launch legal action if the Government continues to withhold the material. So, why the delay, of course the SNP and Nicola Sturgeon will use Coronavirus as their shield to hide behind, but the reality covid doesn't stop the Scottish Government working. And never has, although some people say 'conspiracy', I think everyone bar the Sturgeon cabal would recognise 'cover up' as a viable description of what is going on.
This raises the question, who are they covering up for?
The Scottish Labour Party has joined the Scottish Conservatives calls for the release of the withheld documents saying that the three weeks of inaction by the Government since the first vote was "appalling". Despite Sturgeon promising the inquiry they would get access to anything they wanted, this isn't true. Nicola Sturgeon is doing what she is doing best, lying, being deceitful and untrustworthy, but the deeper the SNP dig to conceal evidence, the deep her problems become. Nicola Sturgeon has been called a 'liar' by Scottish MSP Oliver Mundell, but he is only one of many who openly do this, his niche was saying this in Parliament and getting it on the official record. How did Nicola Sturgeon end up in this mess, arrogance and contempt would be high on the list of probable causes, the Nationalists think they are smart, and at the same time they view others as stupid, when this mentality plays out, it's their stupidity which ends up on display. The concept that Alex Salmond would just walk away shows the level of their IQ and thought processes.
The idea that a rigged Holyrood investigation into Salmond would ever be successful defies belief. Using the mechanism of government was the biggest mistake ever because it they had to fight on evidence and within the law. If Sturgeon was smart, she could have simply blocked Salmond as a candidate, instead of evidence and law, Team Sturgeon could have used a panel of stooges to reject him with subjective opinion. But they wanted to destroy Alex Salmond, they wanted him found guilty, and if he had been, a Court would have sent him to prison, but the SNP couldn't rig a jury.
In a fresh motion the Scottish Tories said the Government should “respect the will of the Parliament by providing the legal advice without any further delay”. This is in part comedy, the SNP use the “respect the will of the Parliament” gag all the time, to have it flung back in their face is hilarious. When the SNP talk about “respect the will of the Parliament”, what they are actually talking about is respecting the will of President Sturgeon. Sturgeon is one 'President' who doesn't command respect. When I look at Deputy First Minister John Swinney, I see a man who is effectively involved in something rather dirty that even he seems ashamed to be part of it.
Labour MSP Jackie Baillie said:
“It is appalling that three weeks after the Scottish Parliament instructed the Scottish government to hand over the legal advice, nothing has happened. This is treating the Scottish Parliament and the Committee with complete contempt. The Scottish government has tried every trick in the book to obstruct the work of the Committee, the latest episode of which is to withhold the legal advice they received in their botched handling of the judicial review.
“This cannot continue. The Scottish government must today state its willingness to publish the legal advice. The secrecy must end.”
I think that fighting the SNP on their ground, their court and their rules is a waste of time, I think parties should go the Court route, parliament isn't respected by the SNP and never was, to them, it's a vehicle and platform to promote independence. If you judge the SNP on their parliamentary, what Bills have they brought forth which were a game changer in creating business, or making people's lives better, where are the big ideas? Here is a link to the Scottish Parliament website so you can look at Bills that they have passed, you pick a year a random and ask yourself, is that it? Pick another year, and ask yourself, why is it such low grade pap which is making onto the statute books and why so few Bills at that?
Finally, just as the SNP has no goodwill towards Westminster, all their actions demonstrate clearly no goodwill towards Holyrood either. The Salmond inquiry is toxic for the SNP and Nicola Sturgeon, she is hated by the diehard Nationalists, and the pro UK aren't going to be throwing her a lifeline anytime soon. What does it say that Sturgeon jumps to the aid of buffoon Ian Blackford over what some people was bullying, accusations of 'bullying' an English photographer. I would say, she is so short of allies that she is forced to cling to fools, years ago, I called the SNP a 'rat ship', can anyone say I wasn't spot on in that assessment? As to Blackford, fresh from his "bullying" row, he is back doing what he does best, making a fool of himself publicly. His latest gaffe is to attack Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the UK's contribution in foreign aid, and to be told by the PM, 'We're second biggest donor in G7!' Yet again, we have an SNP MP facing total humiliation because they are arrogant and stupid, and don't know what they are talking about beyond bite size chunks of information. The SNP are noted to have picked bad people to help them, and also bad candidates because they represent no threat to the leadership, in fact for the most part, they are tied to the Sturgeon regime for a living. Anyone who thinks the SNP will suddenly act honourably in the Salmond inquiry is living a delusion, and when the people in charge will not act with honour, like liquid, it will travel downwards to others.
Roll on Court action methinks!
George Laird The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University