Wednesday, October 26, 2011
SNP MP Dr. Eilidh Whiteford withdraws from Commons Scottish Affairs Committee after alleged ‘threat’ by Labour MP Ian ‘the Deerhunter’ Davidson
There is never a dull moment in politics, it’s a nasty vicious game populated by nasty vicious self serving people.
The latest revelation is that an SNP MP called Dr Eilidh Whiteford has stood down from a parliamentary committee after accusing its chairman, Ian ‘the Deerhunter’ Davidson of threatening and intimidating her.
Allegedly Ms. Whiteford said Ian Davidson made remarks about her “getting a doing” during a private session of the Commons Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster.
Such was the shock that Ms. Whiteford has stepped down from the Commons Scottish Affairs Committee.
In response to the alleged ‘threat’, the SNP has said it will not put up another MP to sit on the committee.
They want Ian Davidson, the chairman to step down, this isn’t going to happen, and if anyone is naïve to think so, they are just stupid.
The unfortunate departure of Ms. Whiteford of the SNP means that it will be only the Labour MPs who will defend the Scottish people.
After the row escalated Labour sources hit back last night by flinging in the accusation that the incident had the “hallmarks of an SNP ambush”.
They also questioned why Ms Whiteford waited almost a week to make her complaint.
I would like to know that since Ms. Whiteford is claiming she was threatened, has she made a formal complaint to the Police.
If this is a genuine complaint, I would expect as a minimum a complaint to the Police.
In defending Davidson of sorts, other members of the committee said they were “surprised” at the allegations as they did not recall hearing such a remark.
This would tend to suggest that in the event of a Police investigation, it may prove incredibly difficult to gather enough evidence to proceed.
As for internal support from the rest of the Commons Scottish Affairs Committee that appears to be lacking, totally lacking.
Simon Reevell, the MP for Dewsbury, and a Conservative member of the committee, said he couldn’t remember the alleged incident.
“I was quite surprised at the allegation because I wasn’t aware of anything being said at the time.”
Jim McGovern, the Labour MP for Dundee and another member of the committee, also said he did not recall such a remark being made.
A spokesman for Scottish Labour said:
“We will look carefully at these allegations and make a full statement later.”
A Labour source added:
“It is reprehensible. This has all the hallmarks of a smear campaign. This is the third time the SNP has called for Ian Davidson to resign. Ever since the committee started its investigation into the independence referendum, and began asking hard questions, they have been desperate to discredit him.”
I find it interesting that the Labour Party at this present time is talking about SNP smear campaigns.
And I am sure that First Minister Alex Salmond, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Chief Executive, Peter Murrell and Ian McCann; Corporate Governance & Compliance Manager will be taking a close interest in this as they would with anyone who has been a victim of a SNP smear campaign.
I would expect Ms Whiteford to file a complaint with the Police if this is a genuine complaint.
To further highlight the nasty nature of politicians, here is a story from the Westminster 2010 campaign.
“Why aren’t you doing ballot box sampling?”
“Don’t I do enough work for the party”?
“I have been up for three days working from 8 am to 12 am, so don’t give me any of your fucking crap”!
Yes, politics is a nasty enterprise populated with thoroughly nasty, petty malicious people.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University