Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Scotland’s Nelson Mandela, Tommy Sheridan vows to clear his name after prison release, what a pity there is overwhelming evidence by the Crown!
That is the message from Scotland’s Nelson Mandela, Tommy Sheridan.
The former MSP Tommy Sheridan has vowed to re-fight his conviction and launched a new High Court appeal.
Sheridan wants to expose the "lies and damned lies" against him.
However, there is a problem, a fly in the ointment, he confessed to a room full of people and there is a videotape with him confessing to a witness.
That means if you take away the NOTW alleged misdemeanours of hacking etc of him.
He is still f*cked, Sheridan’s case wasn’t an unfair conviction or unsafe.
When Sheridan left Castle Huntly open prison, near Dundee, the narrative had already been written, Sheridan was Scotland’s Nelson Mandela, he was Mohandas K Gandhi, he had been opposed, sent into internal exile by being banged up for his beliefs.
Scotland’s only political prisoner with a share of the vote so small that even Lib Dems would be happy to get it.
He has done just one-third of his three-year sentence for perjury and he could be recalled to prison if he causes a problem.
Standing in front of his own castle in Paisley Road West, he pledged to fight his conviction in the courts.
And unfortunately for those campaigning for independence said he hoped to take an active part in the campaign for Scottish independence.
Sheridan is a comic, he is a funny guy, likeable but the fact remains he is damaged goods politically and publicly.
Mind you the public can forgive much, anyone can mess up, but the lack of a confession and the continuation of the ‘circus’ doesn’t help Sheridan.
He was done bang to rights; even Rumpole of the Bailey couldn’t get him off.
So as to his ‘fight’, Sheridan believes clear proof or admissions of criminal misconduct by the NOTW when it was investigating his private life would have influenced the jury.
Take away their evidence which wasn’t important to the nub of the case and he is still f*cked.
Looking visibly thinner, he announced:
"We will continue to fight to clear my name."
The only way that could happen is on a technically and I very much doubt, that is going to happen, his case wouldn’t get to the starting line, let alone go the distance.
"We are determined to highlight the contrasts in treatment between the 20-plus News of the World former journalists, I've lost count, who have been arrested for illegal activities (and myself). I've not read of any of them who had their homes raided over a mammoth nine-hour search or their children traumatised in the interests in justice.
"Well, I have news for them and for others. This fight is far from over and this story has not yet finished.
"I believe I will return to Glasgow High Court within the near future but not as an accused, but as an accuser of witnesses at my trial for the lies and damned lies they gave in the course of the evidence that was given that allowed a narrow conviction to be passed on December 23 of last year.
"We are confident that, once the lies of those perjurers are highlighted, we will have a very strong appeal that will hopefully lead to the quashing of my unfair, unsafe and unsound conviction."
In a touch of comedy Sheridan said:
"It is a relief to be able to speak personally for once. It seems a while now since I have been able to speak. It's always been through my good friend and excellent lawyer Aamer Anwar”.
In fact Anwar who I remember from human rights abusing Glasgow University was so ‘excellent’ his client got done and imprisoned!
Sheridan obviously sets the bar pretty low.
Anyway, it is back on the campaign trail for Sheridan with the possibility that his wife might stand in the Glasgow City Council Elections 2012.
Good luck to them.
But really, they have become more like the Hamiltons down in England, famous for being infamous.
The reality is that Sheridan is damaged, his party is damaged and there is a credibility gap which needs addressed, Solidarity needs a major overhaul if it is to be a political force.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University