In my last post among other observations, I touched on the subject of SNP vote rigging which is wrong.
Awhile ago I did a post or two on SNP braveheart Alexander Lindsay Murray-MacLeod, the youngest councillor ever to be elected in the Highlands and a former employee of Scotland’s ‘jolly fat man’ Alex Salmond.
Alexander Lindsay Murray-MacLeod got into a spot of bother, so stepped down from the SNP; you might ask what exactly the trouble is?
Was it because he was a member of the LGBT community?
Was it because he backed same sex marriage?
Was it because he stood for fairness, equality and social justice?
It was because he falsified his election expenses in a bid to win a seat on the local authority.
Alexander Lindsay Murray-MacLeod formed a fraudulent scheme to circumvent the rules.
What does this mean?
Well, it means that he doesn’t stand for fairness, equality and social justice, he cheated and by doing so he broke the law and the spirit of a free and fair election.
At Inverness Sheriff Court, the former employee of First Minister Alex Salmond, had his sentence deferred for background reports.
He admitted conducting his election campaign by fraud, if he had played it straight. He probably would have won and none of this would have happened. But Salmond’s employee couldn’t do it, in one respect; it lets us yet again see the bad judgment that Alex Salmond has in selecting people around him.
Who else is rat Alex?
Outside court, he said:
“I have come to Inverness with a real determination to face the consequences of my actions and in the spirit of very genuine contrition and deep remorse. It is a very hard day as it is never easy for anyone to admit he has done anything wrong, especially for someone elected as a teenager.”
He might have been elected as a ‘teenager’ but the law says that when he committed the crime he was an adult.
I find his mitigation most amusing, he says his actions were “perpetrated in the heat of a campaign”.
Where is the ‘heat’, the judge will bring a little light and in his case, 8 months seems appropriate.
“I know this will cause a great deal of hurt to a lot of people, my family, friends and supporters, and most importantly my former constituents who have rightly had the opportunity to have a by-election to elect a new councillor. I realise this will shake peoples’ faith in politics. It is important to say that my single act of foolishness has nothing to do with the council I served on or the party I grew up in.”
Oh, here is a cracker, a single act of foolishness?
It seems that the former Alex Salmond employee, ex SNP councillor, ex Parliamentary Assistant to the SNP MSP Rob Gibson and ex National Secretary of Scots for Independence, is now engaged in re-writing history.
His fraud was committed between 12 March and 8 June, 2012, at various locations in the Highlands, including council HQ in Inverness and his Wick constituency office.
Given it was done at various locations it wasn’t a single act of foolishness; it was premeditated acts, so the ‘heat’ argument doesn’t hold much water. He also knowingly incurred election expenses in excess of the specified maximum and altered invoices from Caithness Print Solutions and the John O’ Groat Journal. This was done to hide the true extent of the cost of the services provided. And he knowingly declared false expenses to Highland Council officials.
So, the single act of foolishness won’t wash with the Judge.
I have blogged that the Scottish National Party is a rat ship; sooner or later the rest of the Scottish public will come around to the George Laird view.
MacLeod will be sentenced on 9 January next year, as I said 8 months in prison sounds about right!
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