Yes, freedom is very popular, especially if you are behind bars in prison.
Scotland’s unpopular Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s pal, the Nationalist wife beater and former SNP MSP Bill Walker is appealing against his conviction.
Battling Bill was done nag to rights for domestic abuse offences against three former wives and a stepdaughter.
On his stepdaughter, he set about her with a saucepan.
Saucepan of justice!
Walker was jailed for 12 months last September after being found guilty of 23 assaults and one breach of the peace.
30 years of smashing women’s faces in.
If you want to see the trail and tribulations of this braveheart there will be a hearing before three judges in the Appeal Court in Edinburgh on April 17.
Come early, the press will probably want to pack the gallery out.
Sheriff Kathrine Mackie who slammed up Nicola’s pal said Walker showed "contempt" for his victims.
Then she imposed the maximum sentence available to the court.
Unpopular Nicola Sturgeon hasn’t visited him once or even sent him a cake with a file in it with a note saying ‘thinking of you’.
Sheriff Mackie found Walker guilty of assaulting his first wife Maureen Traquair on three separate occasions.
On one occasion he punched her in the face resulting in a black eye two weeks before the happy couple married in January 1967.
He was also convicted of assaulting his second wife, Anne Gruber, 15 times between 1978 and 1984.
One wonders how Nicola Sturgeon must feel about being round a man with so much violence to share with others!
Mrs Gruber suffered a hefty series of ‘doings’ including being punched, slapped, kicked and pushed to the ground.
Bill also spat on her face, maybe he thought she needed something to drink!
Bill also threw household items at her, threatened to pour hot coffee over her and pulled her hair.
One can see how he easily passed SNP Candidate selection and was allowed to continue despite the senior SNP leadership knowing the score.
As to his breach of the peace conviction, he did that by leaping into Mrs Gruber's home brandishing an air rifle.
Was Bill Walker, Nicola Sturgeon’s pal a member of the A Team?
He certainly wasn’t a member of the GAY Team in nature.
The most interesting assault was when Walker when ‘head to head’ with Mrs Gruber's 16-year-old daughter, Anne Louise Paterson.
In that contest of Titans, he repeatedly struck her on the head with a saucepan in 1978.
And last but not least Bill Walker was also found guilty of four assaults on his third wife Diana Walker, three of which involved slapping or punching her on the face.
Obviously Bill prefers blows to the face rather than the body!
So, the attempt to rebuild his career is on the go, will unpopular Nicola Sturgeon attend the court and offer support to her friend and colleague or will she be sticking with the SNP plan to try and win back the women’s vote?
At present the SNP are sticking up female candidates, all of whom have spectacularly crashed and burned at the ballot box.
I guess that isn’t working out well, the last one, the odious Natalie McGarry dropped about 40% of the vote from the SNP result of 2011.
Maybe the public just can’t be conned anymore Nicola?
Bill Walker is denying all the charges and claims he was the victim of "smearing" and that his ex-wives colluded to accuse him of domestic violence.
I wonder if Nicola Sturgeon is staying away because she believes him or just too busy trying to save her dying political independence campaign!
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University