Monday, April 16, 2012

Nat MSP in Fife is investigated by Police over rape claim as Scottish National Party Councillor is standing by him citing, ‘different moral code’!

Dear All

A year ago saw the Scottish National Party returned to Holyrood for a second term with 69 MSPs.

In the space of that time, scandal after scandal has hit the public domain regarding people within the SNP.

One of the people elected for the Scottish National Party was Bill Walker.

He is now the centre of a rape claim.

The claim is currently being investigated by the Police in Fife.

On top of the rape claim there stands previous allegations from his ex wives that he was involved in serial domestic abuse.

Incidences when ‘fighting for Scotland’ is totally unacceptable.

With Fife Police confirming that they were making inquiries into the latest allegation against Dunfermline MSP Bill Walker, this latest scandal puts more pressure on him to resign as other parties turn up the heat.

With Bill Walker resign?

I don’t think so; he has nothing to gain and a lot to lose.

In a statement John Park, Richard Simpson, Claire Baker and Helen Eadie said:

"These are highly disturbing allegations and, coming on top of what we now know about Mr Walker's past, we have serious concerns about his fitness to be an MSP. He should resign from the Scottish Parliament today."

As well as being an MSP Walker, also a Fife councillor, and in a show of sticking together he has been defended by fellow Fife SNP councillor Douglas Chapman.

Man is accused of rape and the SNP is defending him, you couldn’t make up regarding SNP values and priorities.

Chapman said the allegations were "inconsistent with the discussions I've had with Bill on these issues".

He said:

"Some of these events took place 20 to 30 years ago and the moral code was very different. In no way am I condoning violence against men or women but it was a different time."

Doesn’t sound like, what does it was a different time mean?

Dunfermline and West Fife Labour MP Thomas Docherty said:

"Mr Chapman should spell out exactly what he means by these remarks and apologise."

Mr Chapman replied: "I condemn violence against women and domestic abuse of all kinds, regardless of when it was committed."

Even if it was from a ‘different time’!

Foot in mouth and highlights what I have been saying that below Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon there is a genuine lack of talent.

Mr Walker, 70, has said he intends to carry on as an independent MSP.

A Tory party spokesman said Mr Walker should to the "honourable thing" and resign.

Green Party co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

"Bill Walker has outstayed his welcome and should leave the Scottish Parliament."

Nationalist MSP Bill Walker is the first serving person in the Scottish Parliament to be investigated by Police.

Someone should have a word with SNP Councillor Douglas Chapman about what he means by a ‘different moral code’.

It makes you wonder who were the SNP MSPs that Walker said backed him?

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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