The World Darkens a Little More: I May Have to Spend Some Time as a Political Prisoner 296


I suspect I should say as little as possible in the next few days. With apologies to The National, I have copied their story out from behind their firewall.

BEGINS

A FORMER diplomat has instructed his lawyers to begin preparations for an appeal to the Supreme Court after learning he had lost a contempt of court case over his reports from the trial of Alex Salmond in March last year.

Craig Murray, the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, attended two days of the trial – at which Salmond was found innocent – and sat in the public gallery, later writing about it for his blog.

However, in January he faced a virtual contempt of court hearing before Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk, at the High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh.

It is now understood that a session for judgement to be delivered will be held at the High Court before Lady Dorrian, Lord Turnbull and Lord Menzies on Thursday – exactly eight weeks after the initial 90-minute hearing.

Sources close to Murray, 62, indicated that he was advised by court staff and his legal team that if he won the case, the judgement would simply be published.

However, if he lost, and particularly if a custodial sentence was probable, there would be a new hearing of the court – which has now been called.

Contempt of court carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison and an unlimited fine.

Last month, Clive Thomson, a 52-year-old from Rosyth, was jailed for six months for contempt in the same case.

Murray is expected to stand as a candidate for Action for Independence (AFI) on the Lothians list in May’s Holyrood election.

READ MORE: Craig Murray bids to lead Action For Independence’s list in the Lothians

However, if sentenced to a year or more in jail, he will be disqualified from standing.

Murray was accused of contempt over publications likely to influence the jury and with jigsaw identification of complainants.

His defence argued that if the Crown believed these were likely to influence the jury, then action should have been taken before the trial and not after.

On jigsaw identification, his counsel, John Scott QC, argued that Murray had known the identity of all the complainants for months and had taken care not to give them away.

He argued: “[Murray] was aware of the names of the complainers, even when there was no court order regarding them. But he said it would not be responsible journalism to have named them.

“The Crown appears to say there must be a deliberate campaign to drop enough hints so that the complainers can be identified.

“There is a great deal of evidence showing he was not someone who was fixated on naming the complainers and dropping hints to identify.

“The fact alone is that he knew about the names and if he wanted to name them, he could have done so.”

In the two months between the hearing and judgement, he has said on social media that the delay was taking a toll on his family and on his mental health.

One member of the Murray family told The National: “Objective evidence shows that mainstream media published far more jigsaw identification pieces than Craig and were not prosecuted.”

Asked how Murray felt about the possibility of being jailed, they said: “Well, obviously not happy.

“Nadira and he have a one-month-old son and he’s not in good health nor getting any younger.

“But never underestimate his commitment and principle – he is a lot tougher than he looks.”

ENDS

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296 thoughts on “The World Darkens a Little More: I May Have to Spend Some Time as a Political Prisoner

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  • glenn_uk

    This is terrible news Craig. I sincerely hope it doesn’t come to it, but please be prepared:

    https://www.doingtime.co.uk/how-prisons-work/the-first-weeks-in-custody/arrival-at-the-prison/

    In particular, you may want to pack a bag (reasonably large duffle-bag sort of thing) with things that you’ll need. Above all, you’ll want to avoid having to borrow anything off the other lags. Never borrow or accept anything, it will have to be repaid and often with interest. You’ll want the basics (toiletries, clothes) but also some books, money that will be kept for you, a shaver, and above all your towel. Make sure you take no jewellery or anything of value – they get taken upon arrival and have a huge habit of “going missing”. Get a really cheap Casio watch, nothing worth more than £10-20. Stamps, stationary, cheap glasses – plastic are best, just little day to day things, and of course your medication. You’ll want an address book filled with your contacts, and the screws will want to check these contacts are OK. There might be a limit, I’m not sure – the online resources will tell you, and it varies from nick to nick.

    Life will not be that dangerous for someone your age – the people looking to make a name for themselves are generally fit young men in their 20s and 30s, who would gain little by pushing around someone easily old enough to be their grandad. Your main problem will be boredom.

    There are plenty of resources, please read them, being prepared and anticipating the procedures makes it far easier. I really hope it doesn’t happen, but be prepared.

    • Wikikettle

      I think Ken Loach would be the best Director of the film of the book about Jullians long years of incarceration, with all wars and geo political events in the intervening period. From Corbyn to Craig. All will be cast and judged.

  • Peter

    Is there any chance that Alex Salmond might take out civil proceedings?

    I understand he’s going to make a statement on Wednesday, though I know not about what.

    • Shatnersrug

      Were he in England he could make a private prosecution for perjury if he saw it, it’s very expensive

      However as he’s in Scotland, guess who’s permission he would have to seek? Ah that’s right…

      The Lord Advocate

      Christ, what a mess.

    • Penguin

      That would cost £ Millions given the control the murrell cabal have over the courts. Despite all the smears during his first cowdfunder, Salmond is not in any way rich. He didn’t have a twin household income of £250,000 enhanced by £600,000 of embezzled donations.

      • Shatnersrug

        It’s irrelevant anyway if you have to ask permission from an SNP cabinet member and civil servant if you can prosecute the SNP and civil service the answer’s probably going to be no.

  • John Monro

    Craig, you may be jumping the gun, I hope so anyway. You haven’t definitely heard you’ve been found guilty of contempt, and it may be that your case is considered quite important and that any judgement should be in public in court. I don’t know, and obviously it is concerning, but the judge may be wishing to air her views because she feels the points raised by the prosecution and yourself in your defence need some detailed explanation, particularly if the judgment relies on subtle or more debatable issues and could be open to appeal on either side. Good luck anyway, everyone here will be rooting for you.

    • Peter Mo

      Craig has two days from the time informed to lodge some sort of complaint. In those two days he can’t reveal the judgement which explains why he is just reposting someone else’s article.

    • Garry W Gibbs

      I don’t understand this.
      Is it now fact that Craig has been found guilty of contempt of court or not?
      Is that a fact or merely an assumption?

  • Ian

    There is no way the timing of all these related events is a coincidence. Sturgeon would have known what was in the Hamilton report, she has the inquiry committee compromised. They both report this week, and on the preceding day Craig gets his summons to court for the verdict. You can just imagine the neat little scenario they have planned – ‘cleared’ by the ‘investigators’, and one of their greatest thorns in their side despatched and censored, with instructions not to allow him to stand for election. Cue election campaign for the glorious leader, replete with false claims about Salmond, the ‘poor’ women, whose function was perjury and a human shield for the leader. Madame Mao would have been envious.

        • Shatnersrug

          Getting Craig and Apex out of the way suits the British establishment. The SNP have made labour a joke, first in Scotland and now in the north of England. That makes them very valuable to the tories, providing they aren’t led by real committed Independence thinkers or people of duty and with Corbyn gone and the left in disarray the situation couldn’t suit the British Establishment better.

          I’d say it’s game set and match to the dark forces.

          • Ian

            Yes, let us remember it was the useless SNP who lost seats in the North East to the Tories in the 2017 election. Those seats kept May in power. Without them we might never had the worst brexit possible, or possibly another brexit vote. Certainly we would have got rid of May and may never have had the disaster that is Johnson.
            So it is entirely correct to assume that the Tories are very happy to see an impotent, bought-off SNP with the Tories as the main opposition picking up disillusioned voters. That way, Labour, who used to rely on Scotland for many seats, are almost permanently kept out of power. Job done. Thanks, Nicola, you have played a blinder for the Tories. But then, you and your cronies are rightwing in economics and politics, complete with the associated corruption and self-aggrandisement that entails.

          • Goose

            Did you catch Douglas Ross and Anas Sarwar on BBC’s Newsnight?

            Ross contradicted himself by saying he accepted and rejected James Hamilton QC’s findings?!? And Sarwar, lol, Sarwar couldn’t say how they’d vote in any vote of no confidence – the branch office is back baby! Sarwar probably has to wait for the call from Starmer in London with further instruction on how to proceed.

            So yes, some in the SNP are bad, but let’s not pretend the opposition is better.

          • Bayard

            “That way, Labour, who used to rely on Scotland for many seats, are almost permanently kept out of power.”

            That would still be true if Scotland were independent. All the Tories need now is for Wales to go totally Plaid and they would be in power for the next two generations. Yet they fight against that outcome.

          • Goose

            @Bayard

            Exactly. The Tories are preoccupied with possessions and material wealth; the idea of a UK diminished, losing territory, upsets them greatly. The UK losing size and with it potentially the P5 seat at the UN and world influence horrifies them. They want to be a big player on the world stage swaggering like Blair, alongside the US. In other words, all the stuff anti-imperialists despise.

            I don’t think the Tories have any deep love for the people or even democracy, they just want the power and that power concentrated, in them, in London.

  • FlakBlag

    I am so sorry it’s come to this Craig Murray. You’re a brave man, you have won my respect many times over. My thoughts are with you and your family. I wish I could say I was surprised or shocked, but sadly it seems clear that even the plausible pretense of Justice was abandoned some time ago.

    No more velvet gloves. What is happening now is a preamble to what comes next. Gather, prepare.

    Laibach – Brat Moj

    Brother of mine,
    do you feel the courage?
    Summoned by the dawn,
    the eternal struggle,
    for the beauty of the world.

    Brother of mine,
    rekindle the flame
    in every man.
    Let’s be strong
    as warriors are,
    my brother.

    In the sacred mystery
    we are the omen,
    we are prophecy,
    we are the wild laughter of life.

    The flame is hunger,
    hunger that drives
    but does not consume us.

    Brother of mine,
    open your eyes,
    rise with us
    to the new light.

    • SomeOnE of SomeTHInG

      What?? I see no Thumb Up button on Craig? Alright, there’s something to work at.

  • Fearghas MacFhionnlaigh

    “But woe to that nation whose literature is disturbed by the intervention of power. Because that is not just a violation against ‘freedom of print’, it is the closing down of the heart of the nation, a slashing to pieces of its memory….

    “And the simple step of a simple courageous man is not to partake in falsehood, not to support false actions! Let the latter enter the world, let it even reign in the world – but not with MY help. But writers and artists can achieve more: they can CONQUER FALSEHOOD! In the struggle with falsehood art always did win and it always does win! Openly, irrefutably for everyone! Falsehood can hold out against much in this world, but not against art. And no sooner will falsehood be dispersed than the nakedness of violence will be revealed in all its ugliness – and violence, decrepit, will fall.

    “That is why, my friends, I believe that we are able to help the world in its white-hot hour. Not by making the excuse of possessing no weapons, and not by giving ourselves over to a frivolous life – but by going to war!

    “Proverbs about truth are well-loved in Russian. They give steady and sometimes striking expression to the not inconsiderable harsh national experience:

    ОДНО СЛОВО ПРАВДЫ ВЕСЬ МИР ПЕРЕТЯНЕТ

    ONE WORD OF TRUTH SHALL OUTWEIGH THE WHOLE WORLD.

    “And it is here, on an imaginary fantasy, a breach of the principle of the conservation of mass and energy, that I base both my own activity and my appeal to the writers of the whole world.”

    (Alexandr Solzhenitsyn: Nobel Lecture in Literature 1970, closing words)
    https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/literature/1970/solzhenitsyn/lecture/

  • kashmiri

    As stressful as the situation is, I think it’s highly unlikely you’ll be locked up. Nobody needs martyrs at the moment.

    It is not about the kill – in the chase is the thrill.

    • Mighty Druken

      It would make sense to hit Craig with a massive fine. Avoid martyrdom but send a clear signal not to mess with the powerful, while also ruining Craig’s future security and comfort,
      I hope neither fine or imprisonment is the case.

    • Ann Rayner

      I agree with that, but fear that they will want to silence you, Craig. Contribution sent to be used as needed. Stay strong.

  • Goose

    “Objective evidence shows that mainstream media published far more jigsaw identification pieces than Craig and were not prosecuted.”

    Maybe their expensively assembled, intimidating legal teams have something to do with that?

    Isn’t there a bloggers union? There certainly needs to be something with real clout behind it for online influencers and creatives who deal with subjects the MSM are being warned off. The National Union of Journalists seems to see you as the poor relation of the family. Yet surely they can see how investigative journalism is dying and our conformist MSM increasingly resembles NKTV?

    • U Watt

      “Maybe their expensively assembled, intimidating legal teams have something to do with that?”

      Definitely nothing to do with the double standards of a nakedly owned judiciary.

  • J Arther Nast

    The title First Minister lacks sufficent respect for this most gracious and puissant lady. Hail Nicola Queen of Scots.

  • paul edwards

    Am I still giving on a monthly basis, Craig? I mean to but have lost track. Please advise.
    Good fortune with your idiot court.

  • John+Thatcher

    It comes as no surprise that the court proved to be corrupted by political imperative, but just as sickening. I can’t help but think we are slipping into barbarism.

    • Damien

      ‘..slipping into barbarism..’

      As an Irishman allow me inform you we’re still waiting for the Brutish Vampire to emerge from it’s po£ished bestia£ity.

  • Courtenay Barnett

    Murray,

    Let us be realistic – not much likelihood of you being imprisoned. Much that I see is a suspended sentenced.

    Actually had one for myself for 2 years. But – here is the rub – my legal colleague was sentence to a 3 month prison sentence. Well – we got Amnesty International involved and – to their credit – they informed the British Government that if Rodney was not released unconditionally – then he would be forthwith be declared an ‘international prisoner of conscience’. Well I sued and we won – big time .

    Your system sucks – but it what it is.

  • Penguin

    So the Hamilton report gives us a mounrain of evidence tbat Murrell lied and broke the Ministerial code, but he decides that she didn’t actually break the code on the basis tbat she told him she didn’t.
    The woman is evil. Her government is full of scum. Alan Smyth buggers small boys and works with Scotland’s worst paedophile for years but doesn’t see anything! Mackay grooms 16 year olds schoolchildren. Grady molests vulnerable youths. All covered up.
    Murrell batters 7 shades of shite out of her French bird and has it concealed.
    £600,000 of ring fenced money embezzled by the Lavender marriage mob and nothing done.
    Margaret Ferrier refuses to resign and Murrell has her charged with reckless endangerment. The same offence as running down the street waving a loaded gun. Just for taking a train home from work.
    Her pets threaten to rape Joanna Cherry with her blessing.
    The Stirling paedo gang shut down anyone online who exposes her crimes. Her tame COPFS silence the rest of us.

    There really is no justice.

  • Antiwar7

    The US Empire = the Evil Empire.

    We’re all “good Germans” now. Except for good and courageous people like Craig Murray.

    What a travesty of justice. Scotland = Banana republic.

  • U Watt

    My what a coincidence. All the tortured pondering over the Craig Murray case comes to an abrupt end just as Don Sturgeoni gives the nod to another stooge to declare her innocent, in the face of all the (suppressed) evidence.

    All family business settled on one day, just as in the final scene of the Godfather. The Teflon Don walks brazenly clear, hailed as clean and legit by Unionist “journalists” who line up to kiss her ring.. The same scribes and broadcasters who blared that Salmond was the new Weinstein, yet whose headlines were deemed not to have influenced jurors in the way Craig Murray supposedly did.

    Everything Craig has said of the SNP and the Murrells is being vindicated in grotesque technicolour, yet befuddled “independence supporters” regard it as a day of celebration.

    • Giyane

      U Watt

      It’s maybe annoying when on an election day all the people who said they weren’t too interested in politics, not interested enough to listen to any political dissent, suddenly celebrate the victory of criminal conservatism.

      They had been passionate supporters of of institutional corruption all along. All the time they had been feigning ignorance and agnosticism about the burning moral issues of contemporary life they had been passionate supporters of neo- liberalism and neo-conservatism.

      Those people, whose only interest is their pay packets, are a pain in the bum. But that should not really affect the morale of one of our national political and social analysts . Because most people play poker with their conscience. On the day of reckoning, will they get brownie points for their pay packets? Will they get Oscars for their lifelong performance of being not really interested in politics. Will they be celebrating then?

      • Coldish

        Giyane (06.28): Good point. So many times I’ve heard the refrain “I don’t know anything about politics. So I’m voting Conservative (or Tory, or Christian Democrat or any elitist or neoliberal party that’s on offer)’.

  • nevermind

    and the day the election rung out, the self anointed devils celebrated,
    thousands climbed Arthurs seat,
    to defeat and bury what the devil promised
    they buried a capsule of independence till the day,
    these sodomizing cretins went away to feast
    on others miseries, these beasts.

  • Garry W Gibbs

    There is something deeply sinister here.
    This is bringing contempt of court action AFTER the case is over. I thought it had to be contemporaneous.
    Presumably, if legal action can now be taken for things that happened in court not while they happen but months or even years after they happened then you are taking the law in a totally new direction. I might be hauled up for a court report I wrote in, say, 1990 which was published in a newspaper then which is retrospectively deemed to have prejudiced a fair trial. I might not even remember the trial or even what I wrote so would be seriously disadvantaged by that. I would also not be covered by the insurance of an employer then. That is unlikely, however, because I absorbed most of the National Council for the Training of Journalists court reporting and legal training and applied them. My understanding is that members of the public are no different to press in a court of law and I feel that generally nothing has been done in this case to prejudice a fair trial or to identify anyone. It seems to be intimidating anyone from attending court.
    Compare and contrast this to the case of Plaid Cymru MS Helen Mary Jones retweeting a call for a man facing a murder charge to be convicted. That was contemporaneous prejudice which a jury could have read.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-56109327
    I weep for Scotland and its people.

    • Giyane

      Harry W Gibbs

      Indeed, self-hate is the root of anger. Craig foresaw and forewarned the world that Nicola Sturgeon and James Wolffe’s case against Salmond was politically driven in January 2020. They have twisted that into influencing the jury, but it was not directed st the jury, it was honest advice directed at them.

      What we have here is the gang trying to take the person who urged them not to do a crime, down with them. Nicola Sturgeon , James Wolffe and their lies are permanently disgraced in the eyes of international opinion. Everybody can see that they listened to no-one, neither their legal team, nor a senior political analyst living near them.

  • DunGroanin

    As the dazzling whitewash tsunami floods the happy clappy media airways, luckily I had my Polaroid sunglasses prepped and at hand, so have avoided being blinded – Will the Court be required to explain the inexplicable delay in its consideration, when it seemed satisfied with such a short hearing?

    It has obviously and blatantly delayed justice and has thus far failed to be fair and balanced with regards to that precept – justice has been denied.

    Can the Court be required to do that?

    It can’t surely pretend it has nothing to explain?

    • Garry W Gibbs

      I was pretty certain that this kangaroo court would rule his actions unlawful on spurious grounds of prejudice and identification.
      The longer it went on the more certain it became to me. He was hung out to dry.
      Going to prison, of course, would be far more potent than not going for Craig now.

  • Vivian O'Blivion

    The final conclusion of the Committee is as follows: “The experience of our committee, particularly in respect of its efforts to obtain Government legal advice, suggests that the Parliament may have insufficient powers to hold the executive to account. The Committee recommends the establishment of a commission to review the relationship between the executive and the legislature and make recommendations for change.”
    All four of the SNP committee members voted against this conclusion. Just think about that. In effect your SNP candidate in May is offering you the proposition “pick me as your goalkeeper and I’ll wear a straitjacket”.
    Send these scum packing.

    • N_

      Who would you advise people to vote for, @Viv? Whoever seems best placed to beat the SNP even if that means voting tactically? Or…?

      • Vivian O'Blivion

        Or…? Whatever you’re personally comfortable with of course. I offer no specific recommendation. In the constituency ballot I’ll be casting a vote for whoever can defeat the SNP candidate. In the regional list I’ll be voting ISP or AFI.

  • Grace Green

    Am I right in thinking that James Hamilton is a different lawyer from Duncan Hamilton? The latter was the one we were all waiting to produce an Independent report on whether NS broke the ministerial code. What a “coincidence” if NS has chosen a lawyer with the same name. I think this was done in the hope of confusing people into believing this was the independent report when it is no such thing.

  • N_

    A remarkable thing is that AS SOON AS you know the identity of a particular “alphabet woman”, it is OBVIOUS that

    1) Nicola Sturgeon lied to the Scottish parliament when she said she didn’t recall the 29 March meeting,

    2) James Hamilton is lying when he says he doesn’t know of any good reason why she might lie.

    (Important note: I did not identify this woman from anything written on this blog, not even using anything written here as a “jigsaw piece”; I do not believe it was possible to do so.)

    In Scottish law, is there the defence that a person committed what would otherwise constitute a crime but they did it in order to prevent the commission of a greater crime? (This defence exists in England, where it has been used successfully for example – at a jury trial – by Quaker antiwar activists who smashed up military equipment intended to be used to commit war crimes.)

    …Because the conspiracy to keep one particular woman’s name quiet constitutes surely an abuse of the judicial process as well various kinds of criminal conduct by the holders of public office, including judicial office. For that reason it would surely arguably NOT be a crime if someone were to circulate an exposure document anonymously…

    • N_

      In Scottish law, is there the defence that a person committed what would otherwise constitute a crime but they did it in order to prevent the commission of a greater crime?

      I’ve remembered what this is called. It’s called the defence of necessity. (That Wikipedia article is not so great, but still, it exists.)

      One good thing about the English jurisdiction is that a jury can acquit for any reason they like, and that a defendant who is representing themselves is allowed to appeal directly to them, saying the judge says my defence doesn’t stand up but that doesn’t matter because you can acquit me anyway. A famous case where the defendants did precisely that and were successful was the trial of Mike Randle and Pat Pottle for assisting with the escape from jail of George Blake many years before. A barrister is not allowed to tell an English jury that it can do that – it’s against his club rules. (One of many many examples of legal practice absolutely taking the p*ss.)

      • N_

        Two further relevant links:

        Not guilty: the Greenpeace activists who used climate change as a legal defence” (successful use of necessity defence)

        Drax protester trial: Closing statement from the defence” (unsuccessful use)

        If names are named in a certain case, it will encourage women who have really been raped to report the crime of rape, and it will discourage liars from alleging rape falsely. Encouraging women who have really been raped to report the crime committed against them (and against society) literally helps jail rapists – and rapists can’t rape other women when they are in jail. Just saying… There is an anti-crime necessity to name certain names.

        • Garry W Gibbs

          Linda Fabiani says that they have let down women who came forward to report sex crimes…
          Did they come forward entirely of their own accord or were they encouraged and assisted?
          Why did they not go straight to police with their claims?
          A court of law has ruled that these were not “sex crimes” so why, in that case, would we fight for the right of women to make false or unproven claims?
          Why is there a political movement encouraging women but not men to report sex crimes?
          Have these women been compensated or even promoted?

  • Sarge

    You have been warning for a long time that this amoral couple, drunk on power and hubris, were forging a profoundly rotten little statelet. Yesterday proved beyond doubt for me that Scotland is morally bankrupt from the heights of the legal system down to the ragbag, residual members of the Nicola cult. A country in the sway of the McCeacescus will remain in serious trouble, whether in or without the UK

  • Bruce H

    I know very little about the Scottish or English legal systems having the good luck to have so far avoided them but what seems strange in your case, as in the even more dreadful Assange case, is that nearly everything seems to be decided by decisions by judge or judges, a little akin to the French system which I know a very little better, and not by juries. I can see that as in the Salmond case jury trial still exists, and this seems like a good example of how real justice, based on argument and fact can beat the justice of cliques and political influence, so is there no way that you (Craig) can get your case before a jury rather than be for ever before judges?

    I expect this is not the case as if not Assange’s lawyers would have managed this long ago too I would have thought. It does seem a terrible basic flaw in British legal systems though.

  • N_

    The National should stop referring to James Hamilton as a “QC”. He is not a QC. The Republic of Ireland is a republic and does not have “queen’s counsellors” or “queen’s” anything else. He is an SC, “senior counsel”.

    • N_

      Calling Hamilton a “QC” is akin to calling Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell “lords”. There is no excuse for it.

      • Republicofscotland

        The “independent” report was all a farce to begin with James Hamilton is never unbiased, Sturgeon appointed him in 2015, there was always going to be the one outcome from Hamilton, and that was that Sturgeon did not break the Ministerial Code.

        Now Sturgeon has turned her Eye of Sauron onto the Committees report in an attempt to discredit it, her loyal lackeys (MSPs) are all doing it down, in the hope of we discard its findings. But Sturgeon can’t run or hide from the FACT reported by the Committee that SHE DID mislead parliament, as very serious offence that should see her resign.

        I think there’s a VONC on Sturgeon by the Tories tomorrow, but Sturgeon will survive it because the Greens have her back, sturgeon will not resign for she has no honour, or sense of shame, and no respect for Scotland.

        Scotland is now ruled by a corrupt deceitful lying party, that will do just about anything to remain in power by using the equally corrupt Crown Office who will deploy its foot soldiers, Police Scotland to do its dirty work.

        Scotland is now an undemocratic one party state, in essence its a tinpot banana dictatorship.

        • Wikikettle

          The Cretins have all bases covered. The Judicary, the Police, the media, social media, opposition parties such as Greens , the polls, and Labour Party. No doubt if “Kieth” Starmer proves useless they will fly in David Milliband back from the States and his lucrative charity number.

  • amanfromMars

    Cometh the hour …….. and all that jazz.

    I’m sure the crowing forces and lamentable sources of lawless disorder and patent conflict in Scotland would not be wanting to foment and suffer the outrageous slings and arrows of serial misfortune visited upon them in a popular uprising of surprisingly able phantom foe. …… https://forums.theregister.com/forum/all/2021/03/22/city_of_london_police_sci_hub_warning/#c_4226381 …. although as Einstein is supposed to have noticed ….. Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.

    Do the clans and lairds still do Highland Gatherings to discuss amongst themselves matters such as necessary pogroms and virulent clearances albeit via considerable different means and memes today ?

  • DunGroanin

    I see the Groaniad’s Slaverin Carrell joins the desperate throwing the kitchen sink mad effort in a farcical attempt at rewriting ‘history’ even before the sun has not set on the battle. As they declare themselves the conquerors in this yet unfinished war.

    A total integrity initiative type of semi truths & disregard of counter facts to present a distorted set of dots to excuse the conspiracy and repeat the slander against Salmond.

    It is an obvious invitation to a pig wrestle

    I want this affair to go to the full Supreme Court now – how do we get it there?

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