A Briefing for the Serious Followers of Scottish Politics – Part 2 – Expanding on the Control of Scottish Politics by Unionist Politician’s and Their Corporate Interests

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Charlotte Street Partners (CSP)

CSP are the mainstream media of Scotland and BBC Scotland’s news and current affairs department is simply an arm of the lobbying industry in Scotland.

Angus Grossart is the chair of “Scotland International” and CSP. In the latter role he works with managing partners and founders Andrew Wilson and Malcolm Robertson (son of former Labour Party, Scottish secretary Lord Robertson).

Adding to the list of lobbyists/journalists linked to CSP is one of Kris Deerin’s old chums Kevin Pringle a trustee of right wing ‘think tank’ “Reform Scotland”. Kevin also enjoys a cosy relationship with the BBC and Scotland’s top public relations specialists.

Many of Scotland’s political commentators engage in paid employment with lobbyists such as CSP.

Peter Duncan, Tom Harris and Andy McIver are at Message Matters and Moray Macdonald is at Weber Shandwick . Moray just needs to get the lift upstairs at Pacific Quay to do fit in a regular Saturday shift with his BBC friend.

Deerin, formerly of the Glasgow Herald is now at Reform Scotland, but with a sideline at The Spectator. There’s Alex Massie, Pringle and Andrew Wilson at The Times.

Then there’s Sir Angus, still active in the House of Lords at Westminster and at the BBC with Two Rivers Media together with with Lord McConnell’s best pals, Kirsty Wark and Alan Clemens. Then there’s Lord McConnell of Lobbygate’s pal, Malcolm Robertson back at CSP!

People must be wondering why this scandal is not getting traction in mainstream media.

Dark money to the DUP from Richard Cook and the latest lobbying shenanigans at CSP are just a couple of scandals that illustrate just how much Scotland’s democracy and it’s media has been captured by corporate interests.

Lobbying journalists are now making the media programmes for public consumption about Scotland’s modern history and appearing as independent commentators.

George Orwell said, “Who controls the past controls the future”. If nothing is done, tomorrow’s Scotland belongs to Wilson and Pringle and Lords Duncan and Grossart.

According to The Ferret. CSP are probably the most influential lobbying and PR firm in Scotland.

Lobbying is the apotheosis of the art of politics- insiders doing deals behind closed doors-while we, the electorate, well, we’re on the wrong side of the door.

Inside, Andrew Wilson, former MSP, Times journalist and member of the Scottish government’s Growth Commission is doing deals accompanied by Kevin Pringle, former SNP communications chief and Times journalist.

Both busily monetising their political contacts and their political expertise to the benefit of the clients who are paying Wilson and Pringle for the access to the power and influence they offer. Ask about their client list, that’s for Kevin and Andrew to know, not for the Scottish people to find out.” (John Cawley)

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BBC Bias against Scottish Independence – Not us Guv!!!

The Scottish public are denied their right to active promotion, through broadcasting of cultural diversity with other parts of the United Kingdom and the Westminster government through its politically directed British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is in breach of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights – Article 11 – Freedom of expression and information.

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Removal of BBC accountability to the Scottish Electorate

From 1946 to 1991 media affairs in Scotland was subject to the moderating influence of a BBC Scotland Controller who effectively reported to the, “Broadcasting Council for Scotland”, on which many distinguished Scot’s served over the years. But following a Westminster government reorganisation control of BBC output in Scotland was transferred to the Board of Governors of the corporation in England then onto the BBC trust in London.

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What’s the problem?

The way in which BBC Scotland is run, the quality of care it provides for its staff, the standard and relevance to Scots of what it produces, the ethos of public service in Scotland are just some of the more important concerns facing the Scottish nation and it is well proven by a succession of events detrimental to Scots that they cannot be successfully addressed by the prevailing control systems.

The BBC is failing Scots due to the Unionist mindset of its political controllers and Westminster appointed politically biased managers who are indoctrinated to believe that The BBC provides the glue that holds the wobbly Union together and any weakening of the strength of the paste will bring about the end of the Union.

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Bias against Scots is endemic and should be rectified

BBC Scotland needs to be removed from Westminster so that it can be truly independent of political interference and the previously successful over arching Scottish body, including members of the public, should be re-established.

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Nepotism within BBC Scotland News & Current Affairs Team

A Unionist party pedigree is an unarguable requirement for employment by BBC Scotland and senior, line managers and reporters are appointed through nepotism. This unacceptable practice needs to stopped so that the BBC Scotland can be truly impartial and fully accountable to the Scottish fee-paying public. There also needs to be a cull of management and media correspondents who blatantly abandon the “Journalist’s Code” in support of their politically minded colleagues. (

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Proof in the pudding – 2014 – BBC Scotland management refused to appear before MSP’ at Holyrood

Ken MacQuarrie, then Head of BBC Scotland and his bully boy, Labour Party supporter John Boothman, then Head of News and Current Affairs refused a number of requests to appear before the Scottish Education and Culture Committee at Holyrood stating that the BBC in Scotland was not accountable to Scots or the Scottish Government.

Public challenges by Scottish SNP MP’s at Westminster forced the intervention of the Chairman of the BBC Trust who ordered them to appear before the committee. They did so but only after an amount of distasteful wrangling but stonewalled every question put to them.

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More on John Boothman

Boothman headed BBC News and Current Affairs and was the editor of Elections and Political Output.

In 1979 he was the Chairperson of Strathclyde University Labour Club, Chairperson Scottish Organisation of Labour Students in 1980 and Chairperson of the National (UK) Organisation of Labour Students 1981.

Former BBC broadcaster Derek Bateman who worked with the Scottish Independence team at the time of the referendum said Boothman continually questioned and ordered changes in the political output of radio broadcasts after meetings with Paul Sinclair SPAD to Johann Lamont.

Sinclair enjoyed a special relationship and regular contact with Boothman through their links with the Labour Party. Indeed, writing to his blog  Bateman claimed Boothman was “infamous for his unrivalled network of contacts in the Labour movement”. An unhealthy master and servant relationship in which the SPAD called the shots.

Boothman is married to Susan Deacon: An MSP and former Chairman of Scottish Labour Students. She served on the Scottish Labour Party’s, National Executive and was a Scottish Labour Party government minister.

Boothman, and former Labour Party executives, Margaret Curran and Johann Lamont were, when students actively and closely involved in Labour Party politics at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities.

At university Curran was Secretary of Glasgow University Labour Club, Secretary of the Scottish Organisation of Labour Students, Chair of that organisation, and Vice-Chair of the Labour Club (the biggest of its kind in the UK) at the time.

Former MSP and Labour Party Leader in Scotland Johann Lamont was an active member Glasgow University Labour Club.

Labour MSP Sarah Boyack also attended Glasgow University and was active in student politics. She was mentored by Margaret Curran (Chair of the National Organisation of Labour Students in 1985-86)

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Boothman bully boy of BBC Scotland

Following a protracted messy struggle with staff and trade unions Boothman was exposed as a sexist workplace bully, (funny how WOKE activists didn’t get round to him!!) and transferred, at no detriment to himself, away from news and current affairs to join a newly formed team working on Scotland’s proposals for Charter Review.

But Boothman instead chose to leave the BBC and joined Charlotte Street partners as an Associate Partner, Head of Media Training and Client Films.

Not long after he took up employment with the right wing leaning British American Project BAP founder member Rupert Murdoch as the political correspondent of Sunday Times Scotland. Stranger than fiction is that he also retained his post as a lobbyist with Charlotte Street Partners and that executives of Charlotte Street Partners write articles for the Times and the Scottish Sunday Times. Work that one out if you can.

Catriona Renton: Reporter for the BBC Politics Show and BBC Presenter.

Renton was was recruited by Boothman to the BBC Scotland parliamentary unit in 2006. A former Glasgow Labour Councillor, she represented Kelvindale before losing her seat in 2003. A product of Balliol College, Oxford she was “Glasgow’s Youth Tsar”

Her Facebook account listed her friends: Jackie Baille, Labour MSP: Yousuf Hamid, Labour MP: Tom Harris, Labour MP: David Martin, Labour MEP: Frank McAvetty, Labour MSP: John Robertson, Labour MP: John Park, Labour MSP: Steven Purcell, Labour Glasgow District Council Leader: Dave Watson Vice-chair of the Scottish Labour Party.

At the centre of yet another bias storm in 2009 when attending the SNP conference in Inverness, Deacon claimed on BBC Scotland’s Politics show that Alex Neil had confirmed the SNP’s desire to see David Cameron become the Prime Minister at the next general election. Views he had not expressed. The BBC were forced to issue a personal apology to Alex Neil.

Tom Connor; BBC Head of Online News and Sport.

A personal friend and colleague of Boothman he was responsible for introducing and enforcing the censorship and blockage of social media comments on BBC Scotland news correspondent’s political blogs. Viewer feedback sterilized.

Connor, Boothman and other members of the News and current affairs team were censured for providing Labour political candidates with free media training using BBC Scotland facilities.

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The labour Party Fiefdom and its total control of Scottish media

The Labour Party in Scotland’s abuse of Glasgow citizens was revealed to the public in March 2010 in a private report released to the Scottish public and brought about the very public downfall of Gordon Brown’s protégé Leader of Glasgow District Council Steven Purcell. See: htpps://

Before the publication of the report there was a dearth of mainstream media reporting and the failure of the “red tops” to provide a heads up to the public had led to online speculation that there was something seriously wrong with Purcell’s very cosy relationship with sectors of the Scottish media and its failure to fulfil its publicly declared role of holding power to account – namely, the press’s part in a regular Friday drinking date, dubbed ‘The Ritz Club’, with which, Mandy Rhodes, the editor of Holyrood Magazine toyed:

“Did a misguided loyalty to a regular Friday afternoon drinking date, dubbed ‘The Ritz Club’, which included the editors of rival red tops, the Herald’s editor-in-chief and Purcell himself…influence reporting of the unravelling scandal?”

But there is no news in the truth / no truth in the news and the complex network of local government councillors, businessmen and public sector chiefs, all with connections to the Labour Party and its ‘redevelopment’ misadventure went on untroubled. The Sunday Herald irate management driven to comment, responded to the suggestion of acquiescence towards the Labour Party

“The absurd suggestions of a network of powerful figures working behind the scenes to influence the workings of the city and that this so-called network including leading figures from the media is now threatening to undermine public confidence in the integrity of the Scottish press”

What about Bridget McConnell then?

In 2006, she spearheaded the controversial devolution of Glasgow City Council’s Cultural and Leisure Services to form the company/charity known as Culture and Sport Glasgow with a separate trading arm, Culture and Sport Glasgow (Trading) CIC. She then held the Chief Executive role of both companies.

In 2008, Culture & Sport Glasgow was awarded a long term contract to catalogue and manage the text archive and research department for Newsquest (Herald, Sunday Herald, Evening Times).

Those interested in the rudiments of democracy might wish to ask how a notionally privatised arm of Glasgow City Council could be allowed to become so tightly interconnected with Glasgow’s dominant media group.

More remarkable with the NUJ’s Vice-President-come-President also being the head of PR for spin-off Culture & Sport Glasgow at the time?

Additional reading:

I previously researched and published a comprehensive report cataloging the disgraceful abuse of the Glasgow electorate by the Scottish Labour Party  aided and abetted by the BBC and Scottish Press in the first decade of the new millenium.

Careful reading will reveal conspiracy, at all levels of those involved in the financial asset stripping of the poorest people in Western Europe


A Briefing for the Serious Followers of Scottish Politics- It and the Articles That Follow Will Expose (with a wee bit of authors licence) the Infiltration of the SNP by the British Secret Services


The Isle of Iona

Close followers of the Scottish political scene will have noted recurring links between the Labour Party and the Isle of Iona.

The late John Smith, Labour Party Leader is buried there. His widow is Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill, is a political figure of note in her own right.

One of John Smiths daughters, Sarah was married there. Another daughter married Labour Lord Robertson’s son on the Isle of Islay.

The Reverend Douglas N Alexander, a long time member of the Iona Community and lifetime friend of John Smith conducted all of the events.


Reverend George Macleod

The charismatic founder of the Iona Community was the Reverend George MacLeod, who once stood as Labour candidate in an election for rector of Glasgow University.

The Iona Community and was regarded by some in the Kirk as a Jesuitical conspiracy pushing the Kirk simultaneously towards Catholicism and Communism.

Consequently Iona Community members found the doors of many parishes in Scotland closed to them: they were seen as dangerous men. Divinity students contemplating joining the Community were warned about their career prospects. MacLeod never made excuses for his involvement in politics, citing Knox and the Covenanters as precedents. He once said:

“If churchmen are not politically involved, you soon get the spectacle of RCs and Communists dominating our trade unions – as now they do,” he wrote in reply to one critic. “As to Labour choice, it is not a bad thing to introduce the Faith into Labour policies, which, left to secularists, could indeed veer into Communism. What matters even more is the continuance of democracy as a living cause in our midst and not the Labour, or any other party in permanent ascendancy. But to achieve this Christians must be involved.”

MacLeod’s manifesto was received warmly by the Alexander family and others deemed to become dominant UK political figures over the next 60 years. MacLeod, was their “hero.”

His experiences of war persuaded him to the view that Nuclear weapons were a blight on mankind and should be banned. It followed that membership of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament was a must for followers of his doctrine.

The Alexander Family

The Iona Community & Glasgow University Set

Douglas Alexander (senior) joined the labour party whilst studying at Glasgow University in the early 60’s and enjoyed a lifetime friendship with many members of the University (Labour Party) clique. The environment in which the Reverend Douglas N Alexander’s children and the children of other members of the community were nurtured was heavily politicised in favour of socialist policies. He had two children:

Wendy. Sponsored and mentored by the British American Project (BAP), enjoyed a rapid rise to fame at the start of the devolved Scottish Parliament. She was responsible for the introduction of a number of progressive policies.

She took time out to enjoy life with her newly born twins but returned to politics not long after.

The early death of Gordon Dewar resulted in some turmoil in the Party and a number of leadership campaigns culminated in Wendy making a bid for the leadership. She failed and retired once more from politics taking up a career in education.

Douglas. Sponsored and mentored by the British American Project (BAP), he was elected to Westminster and gained rapid promotion to high office in the Labour Party.


More of the Glasgow University Clique

Donald Dewar

The late Donald Dewar married Alison Mary McNair who deserted Donald and their two children to be another member of the group, one of his best friends, solicitor, Derry Irvine. Later to become the infamously influential Lord Irvine, courtesy of his protégé Tony Blair. He of the taxpayer charged expensive wallpapered offices in London).

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Baron Derry Irvine, (Lord Chancellor with New Labour)

His son Alastair took up body-building during his late teens and became a professional personal trainer in a joint business with a former soft porn model, Carole Caplin. The business failed. Alistair went off to America and lived the high life for a time  and became a crack cocaine addict. He was imprisoned in the US for stalking an ex girlfriend and threatening to shoot her boyfriend.  It was Alistair who introduced his bisexual friends, Dwina Murphy-Gibb (wife of the Late Robin Gibb) and former topless model, Carole Caplin to Cherie Blair.

Carole Caplin

Tony and Cherie Blair (nee Booth) were given vital pupillage (practical traineeship in law) by Derry Irvine assisting them to become Lawyers. At their wedding he dubbed himself “Cupid QC”.

Not long after the unexpected death of John Smith king-maker, Derry Irvine, in conversation told Peter Mandelson, head of Labour Party strategy that Tony would need to be the next Labour Party leader. Peter Mandelson then made it happen. Much to the chagrin of Gordon Brown PhD and all the other hopefuls for the Labour Party crown.


The Late John Smith, leader of the UK Labour Party and his close friend Denis Healey (Founder Member) were members of the Steering Committee of the influential ultra right wing Bilderberg Group.


Eldest daughter Sarah Smith attracts the ire of those who wish Scotland to be free of Westminster’s control. The Unionist supporting chief of BBC Scotland News and Current Affairs joined it in Spring 2014 in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum on 18 September 2014.

Daughter Jane married Malcolm Robertson, (son of Labour peer, John Robertson) head of Scottish public affairs for the British Airports Authority (BAA).

Youngest daughter Catherine is an practicing advocate.


Elizabeth Margaret Smith (nee Bennett), Married the late John Smith.

She is the Lords Chair of The Labour Friends of Israel.

A fluent Russian speaker, she is also a leading member of the British Intelligence and Security Committee, which provides parliamentary oversight of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6, (GCHQ) and the Security Service (MI5).

She is an advisory council member of the foreign-policy think-tank, the Foreign Policy Centre.

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Baroness Margaret Ramsey,(MI6 agent) and foreign policy advisor for the late John Smith. 

Another example of infiltration into the Labour Party, MI6 officer Margaret “Meta” Ramsay was elected President of the Scottish Union of Students. In 1962, she became associate secretary of the CIA-front the International Student Conference at Leiden, Holland.

From 1965 to 1967, she was secretary of the Fund for International Student Co-operation, which was later identified as another recipient of CIA funds. She became an active member of the Labour Party, attending conferences.

In August 1992, she was promoted to the position of foreign policy adviser for her university friend, Labour leader John Smith. As well as raising a few eyebrows, this appointment begged the question: What was the leader of the Labour Party doing employing a known high-ranking MI6 agent in such a senior position? We now know!!!

A fluent Russian speaker, she was heavily involved with the American backed and funded “Institute for Jewish Policy Research” and the “Zionist Labour Friends of Israel.”


Sir Menzies Campbell, (former leader of the UK Liberal Democrat Party 


James Stuart Gordon (Baron Gordon of Strathblane). Closest friend at university and best man at John Smith’s wedding.

James was Chairman of the secretive, “Glasgow Common Purpose” organization and in a chequered career has been the holder of many influential posts in the Scottish Media, business and Public bodies. A staunch Labour Party supporter throughout his lifetime.

Dr Vince Cable

John Vincent (Vince) Cable, Secretary of State For Business, Innovation and Skills in the  2010 2015 Tory/Lib Dem Coalition government. Although not at university with him Vince Cable was very active in the Labour Party, and was SPAD to John Smith in 1978 when he was Industry Secretary in the Labour Government.

Peter Mandelson Mellowing

The Rise to Power – The Piper Decides the Price

Labour politicians, including Donald Dewar, John Smith, Gordon Brown, George Foulkes, George Robertson and the late Robin Cook were precisely the types the intelligence services longed to see take control of the Labour party and it is believed that contemporaries and acquaintances of these leading Scottish Labour figures took active roles in organisations sponsored and endorsed by MI6 and the CIA.


George Foulkes (now his lordship) was the organiser of the CIA sponsored “Funds for International Student Co-operation (FISC) of which British secret agent Meta Ramsey was a senior member. Ramsey, a specialist in the Scandinavian states joined MI6 in 1969.

Hakluyt A British Intelligence front

The firm was formed by MI6 officers and  enabled (still is) to front many “deniable” operations working in close harmony with the CIA for the British state.  The 2002 Iraq fiasco and the Putin/Trump scandal of recent times are example. Baroness Smith held a senior post with the company.


The American CIA cultivated Blair, Mandelson and Brown in the nineteen eighties. Blair was too promising, and manipulable, for them to pass up.

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Peter Mandelson Mellowing

When John Smith became leader of the Labour Party he was a member of the steering committee of the Bilderberg Group: the steering committee, the inner core. He got Gordon Brown invited to the 1991 meeting, incidentally…


Who was John Smith? A genial, whiskey-drinking Scots lawyer from the traditional Labour right. But also life-long chums with a senior MI6 officer, now Baroness Ramsay. Lady Smith, his widow, later to be a member of the board of management of the Mi6/CIA front company Hakluyt.

John Smith also took on a SPAD – Ed Balls, a Financial Times leader writer – an ideologist for globalisation, in effect – who learned some of his economics at Harvard . Like other Labour personnel, including Yvette Cooper MP, whom Balls later married, and David Miliband, head of Blair’s policy unit, Balls had spent a year in America as a Kennedy Scholar.

The Balls 

Virtually all of Labour people have some connection to America and American money…Tony Blair took the US government’s free tour of the States in 1986 and told his hosts that while officially a member of CND he supported the nuclear deterrent. He joined the CIA front, Labour Friends of Israel in 1983.


There’s no such thing as Scottish Labour Read the sign

While Shadow Home Secretary in 1994 Tony Blair took an Israeli government freebie holiday in Israel. On his return the number two at the Israeli embassy in London introduced him to Michael Levy – now Lord Levy – one of the top fund-raisers for Jewish charities.


It has been established, beyond reasonable doubt that the criminal passing of confidential government information about false allegations of misconduct in office by Alex Salmond to the Daily Record and journalist David Clegg in October 2017, was the act of a senior Scottish Government SPAD. That person is still in the employ of the Minister concerned so it follows (interpreting the rule) that the leak was authorised, in advance by the Minister. That person needs to be exposed to the public and the police so that appropriate action can be taken to restore the confidence of the electorate who are disillusioned by the s***house politicking of its government ministers.

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The John Smith Centre at Glasgow University

The secret service, Glasgow University supported John Smith Centre exists to undermine the integrity and authority and what is left of the impartiality policies of the UK civil service through the expansion and influence of political special advisors SPADS.

This article provides a look-back at the unfettered growth of the political SPAD, many of whom go on to  become career politicians resulting in the austerity punished taxpayer being lumbered with an additional massive and ever expanding expense in the many £billions supporting thousands of privileged party animals who sponge off the state from the time they leave university until retirement. The monstrosity should be discontinued and the Civil Service reinstated

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18 Oct 2021: Scotland Cannot Afford Sturgeon and her Tumefied Collection of Overpaid Failures

Sturgeon’s pickpocket politicians and special advisers is costing Scottish taxpayers more than £5m a year after doubling in size since she took up leadership of the SNP.

In 2007, the year the SNP first won power, the cost of ministerial salaries, office staff and advisers was around £2.5m, (not including the salaries of First Minister or Deputy First Minister) and soared to around £5m in 2021. Projections are total additional cost will be around £15m over the lifetime of this government. Costs are attributed to the number of cabinet secretaries doubling from four to eight and the number of junior ministers increasing from ten to 17. There was also a surge in special advisers, with 21 now employed by ministers – more than double the figure for Alex Salmond’s 2007 government.

Ministers salaries (excluding Sturgeon & Swinney) – now cost £1m annually, while private office salaries are £2.7m, and salaries for special advisers is £1.3m. All underestimated approximates.

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Roles and responsibilities of the SPAD

SPAD’s are not civil servants but as paid employees of the State they are – subject to specified exceptions – required to conduct themselves in accordance with the Civil Service Code.”  which states that the highest standards of conduct are expected of them.

i. “Specifically, the preparation or dissemination of inappropriate material or personal attacks has no part to play in the job of being a special adviser as it has no part to play in the conduct of public life.

ii. “Any special adviser ever found to be disseminating inappropriate material will automatically be dismissed by their appointing minister.

iii. “Special advisers…must observe discretion and express comment with moderation, avoiding personal attacks.”

iv  “All contacts with news media should be authorized, in advance by the appointing minister.”

Afternote 1: Liz Lloyd was awarded civil servant status and received more than £6,000 in legal advice relating to her conduct. She refused to to appear at the inquiry and instead submitted written evidence which could not be challenged. The content of the £6,000 letter to the inquiry was rendered useless since it was so heavily redacted by the Scottish Government before submission.

Afternote 2: It has been established, beyond reasonable doubt that the criminal passing of confidential government information about false allegations of misconduct in office by Alex Salmond to the Daily Record and journalist David Clegg in October 2017, was the act of a senior Scottish Government SPAD. That person is still in the employ of the Minister concerned so it follows (interpreting the rule) that the leak was authorised, in advance by the Minister. That person needs to be exposed to the public and the police so that appropriate action can be taken to restore the confidence of the electorate who are disillusioned by the s***house politicking of its government ministers.

Nepotism.There is no formal recruitment process or interview so how does it work?

A minster decides he needs a SPAD and gets in touch with Sturgeon and obtains permission to appoint. Approval granted the minister contacts a colleague, family member or old friend from University who might be between jobs and awards employment to a person suited to their needs. Nice if you know the right people.

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Westminster – The SPAD breeding ground

In his final months as Prime Minister,  Blair accepted that his government had:  “paid inordinate attention to courting, assuaging, and persuading the media” (Blair: 2007). The admission, made ten years after he had led the Labour Party to a landslide general election victory in 1997, was confirmation of one of the defining characteristics of his wasteful and corrupt government.

In July 2009: there were 74 SPADS in post at Labour controlled Westminster providing advice to government ministers at a cost to the taxpayer of £6million.

In December 2015: under the Tory coalition government the number of SPAD’s increased to 97. Costing £11million.

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Spin doctors

In addition to the political SPAD’s the government employs “spin doctors” whose role is to put a positive face to anything the government might do regardless of truth or probity.

The most infamous “Spin Doctor” in recent times was Blair’s, Alistair Campbell who, less than a week on from forming the first “New Labour” Government signalled his intentions to reform the government communications system,  telling a meeting of information officers that he: “wanted them to be able to predict what would be on the front page of the Sun the next day-and help write it.”

The message was clear: Campbell wanted a civil service press machine which was more assertive, more proactive, and one which was able to respond at speed. Paul Waugh, a political journalist since the 1990s, recalled that Labour spinners found the civil service:  “an interference at worse, and an obstruction at best.”  (

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Mundell -The Scottish Office and his abuse of Scottish finance

The Scotland Office was branded a “marketing campaign for the Union” after figures showed its budget for press officers had increased fivefold in little over 5 years.

In 2010/11 the Scottish Office employed 2 communications staff at a cost of £108,439.  By 2015/16 staff had increased to 9 at a cost of nearly £500,000.

An analysis of Scottish Office press briefings indicated each release had cost the Scottish taxpayer nearly £7,000.

Further examination of the content of the releases revealed that all of it was aimed at marketing the benefits of the “Union”

The (late) Sir Jeremy (Cover-up) Heywood I am the law!!!

Then Cabinet Office Supremo and Head of the Civil Service, he was aptly nicknamed “Sir Cover Up” after preventing the Chilcott Iraq War inquiry from seeing letters and records of phone calls between Blair and was caught up in a row over bending the rules of the Civil Service by illegally permitting Cabinet Office, SPAD’s  to campaign for the Tory Party in a bye-election.

Sir Jeremy was a powerful force at No10. Cameron once joked: “Remind me, Jeremy, do you work for me or do I work for you?” Critics alleged he was complicit in the culture of “sofa government” when Blair was PM.

The SPAD’s and Spin Doctors wield the Power in the murky sewers of Westminster

Disparagingly dubbed the: “people who live in the dark”. They are often spotted darting through the television studios of Westminster with their minister, briefing papers under arm and media tools in hand. Young, sharp and driven, they are aspiring politicians just waiting advancement by the boss. Cameron, Osborne and the Miliband brothers, were SPADS.

Employed as temporary civil servants, the do not have to be politically impartial like their civil service colleagues. They link together the minister, the party and the department. They are also the bridge between the neutral civil service and politicians. They help write speeches, some are policy wonks, while others focus on the media. If a journalist wants to know what a cabinet minister thinks or understand what a policy is about, a call to the special adviser is one of the first ones to make.

Michael Jacobs, former special adviser to Gordon Brown, told the BBC that: “while ministers needed civil servants for impartial advice, they needed SPAD’s to help them to make political judgments and consider different options: “They are the lubricant in the machine.”

Spad’s first became a permanent fixture in Whitehall in the 1970s. Their number ballooned under Labour. In 1996 there were 38 working in government, costing the taxpayer £2m. In 2004 the number peaked at 84 and in 2008/9 there were 74, at a cost of £6m.

Their ever expanding ranks caused concern within the electorate that the American, politically driven civil service was sneaking in via the special advisers and lines of accountability were being blurred.

Just after the terror attacks in the US on 11 September 2001 the Labour government SPAD Jo Moore sent an e-mail to a colleague saying it would be a good time “to bury” bad news. His behaviour triggered a number of reviews into the role and power of SPAD’s.

Another SPAD related scandal was the revelation that Gordon Brown’s Spin Doctor, Damian McBride had been guilty of smearing senior Tory’s in e-mails forcing Brown to ask the cabinet secretary to review and tighten the rules of conduct relating to SPADS.

Agreed limits to the number of SPAD’s at Westminster and beyond

The Conservative opposition committed to a reduction in the number of SPAD’s. A democracy task force, headed by Ken Clarke MP, recommended they be halved.

But under successive Westminster governments, special advisers roam the corridors of Whitehall in ever increasing numbers. Their close relationships to cabinet ministers and lobby correspondents give them influence – a power that can hatch into a political career later on.

A successful stint as a SPAD is a significant crucial political apprenticeship – as many of the current crop of professional politicians can testify – so long as they stay in the dark

Number of SPAD’s employed at Westminster:

1996: 38, 1997: 70, 2004: 84, 2006: 68, 2008: 74, 2009: 71, 2010: 74, 2011:81, 2012: 85, 2012: 98, 2013: 103, 2015: 97, 2016: 88, 2017: 99.


SPAD’s are over protected and should be accountable. They are among the most shadowy figures in government. They sit at the right hand of Cabinet ministers and in some cases wield more influence than even the most senior civil servants. They are unelected and unaccountable to either the public or Parliament. They are the chosen few, though how they come to be chosen is cloaked in mystery. Their privileged positions are never advertised, but increasingly the posts they hold lead to the very top of politics.

Pay and Other Forms of Remuneration

Cameron and Clegg broke their promise to curb the numbers of highly-paid SPAD’s. In opposition Cameron promised to ‘cut the cost of politics’ and the coalition agreement said there would be a ‘limit’ on the number of SPADS.

In opposition Clegg said, “SPADS shouldn’t be paid for by the public”. But as soon as he got his feet under the Cabinet table, he broke his word.

Osborne froze the wages of six million public sector workers at the time the Coalition came to power, plunging many into poverty under his cruel austerity drive. Yet the heartless Chancellor handed one of the chief architects of the public sector pay freeze, fellow Old Etonian, friend and SPAD, Rupert Harrison, a 19% inflation-busting increase boosting his £80,000 salary by £15,000.

Not to be outdone, Treasury minister, Danny Alexander bumped up the pay of his own adviser, Will de Peyer by 16 per cent to £75,000 then employed an additional SPAD on a £95,000 salary.

A Tory government Cabinet Office list registered the employment of 26 special advisers in Downing Street of which six were paid £100,000 or more. Added to the list was added Cameron’s, Chief of staff, Ed Llewellyn £140,000. Director of Communications, Craig Oliver £140,000. Deputy Head of the No 10 Policy Unit, Christopher Lockwood £ 134,000. Prime Minister’s Press Secretary, Graeme Wilson £110,000. Deputy Chief of Staff, Kate Fall £100,000. Director of Communications (Mr Clegg), Steve Lotinga £105,000 Plus another 3 SPAD’s and another 16 SPAD’s to support the Lib/Dem ministers.

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Is there a way out of this mess?

A (retired) civil servant commented “When I was a civil servant I was expected to keep my political opinions to myself. It was also expected, having signed the Official Secrets Act, that I would not reveal information to which I was privy because of my job. It seems to me that there is a basic conflict of interest here. Should SPAD,s be paid for out of the public purse? If so, is it compatible with public interest for them to stand for a political interest anyway? The employment of SPAD’ at the expense of the taxpayer should be discontinued and replaced with civil servants entrants with specialist expertise.”

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Lloyd lost her job as Special Advisor to Sturgeon a few months ago only to taken back into the fold at the first opportunity in a specially created (for her) post as a “Strategic Advisor Focused On Long-Term Transformational Policies for Scotland.” The WOKE agenda is to be pursued with a vengeance. Two fingers to the electorate. I Despair.

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Aug 2021: The never ending growth in the numbers of Scottish Government SPAD’s – All paid for by Scottish Voters

Data released by the SNP led Scottish Government reveals that Nationalist ministers have 15 special advisers (SPAD’s) who will provide party political guidance for the 2021/22 financial year. 

Based on the 15 appointees, analysis shows collectively that the wage bill for SNP led Scottish Government staff is expected to be around £940,000 for the 2021/22 financial year.

However, an additional two special advisers are set to be appointed as a result of the cooperation deal struck between the Scottish Greens and the SNP.

Under the agreement, two special advisers will assist two new junior Green ministers and will be paid a salary of at least £41,000 per year taking the bill for 2021/22 above £1m.

Quietly included in the list is Liz Lloyd, who lost her job as Special Advisor to Sturgeon a few months ago only to taken back into the fold at the first opportunity in a specially created (for her) post as a “strategic adviser focused on long-term transformational policies for Scotland.” Indicators provide warning to the electorate that the WOKE agenda is to be pursued with a vengeance. point to the WOKE agenda. Two fingers to the electorate on that one.

Lloyd, along with permanent secretary Leslie Evans and SNP chief executive Peter Murrell, faced calls to resign earlier this year, following allegations, (which they denied to a Holyrood committee’s investigation ) that they were at the at the centre of inappropriate behaviour in the illegal handling of sexual misconduct allegations against former First Minister Alex Salmond.

Lloyd received more than £6,000 in legal advice relating to her conduct but failed to appear in front of the inquiry and instead submitted written evidence which could not be challenged.

At the time, the Sturgeon insisted she had full confidence in her Special Advisor however just a week ago she announced Lloyd (no reason given) had been dismissed from her “Chief of Staff” position.

Colin McAllister, now holds the title “Chief of Staff”.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been pressured to act on alleged breaches of the civil service code by her special advisers.


Sturgeon Census Changes Will Ruin the Wedding Industry in Scotland as Scotsmen abandon Wearing the Kilt Fearing Catcalls Such as “Doris Where’s your Troosers.” Andy Stewart Will be Birrlin’ in his Grave!!!

Letting people self-identify gender in a census is another step towards erasing women completely

The Scottish Census

It is imperative that social scientists, economists, planners and society are in possession of accurate data so that they are able to ensure males and females are provided with the support they need to live their daily lives.

To facilitate this the Scottish public, under the guidance of its coalition government, led by WOKE politician extraordinaire Nicola Sturgeon and the insidious Green Party is to complete a census in 2022. An event routinely held every 10 years since 1841. So no problem there. But wait!!!

Surely the census should have been completed in 2021 as it was in all other parts of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The answer is “Yes” but Sturgeon wasn’t ready. Her new WOKE procedures were not yet on the statute. So she simply deferred the Census until she and her Green party colleagues had put in place arrangements totally foreign to Scots and to all other persons in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

What is so important to Nicola Sturgeon and her WOKE politicians that the census needed to be deferred for a year you might ask? The answer is devastating for the vast bulk of Scots.

The SNP coalition government is authorising participants taking part to nominate if they’re male or female based on how they’re feeling at the time they complete the forms and not according to their legal status.

But what is the problem. Why can’t people who feel a bit feminine that day simply state “I am a female”. Because it sets a dangerous precedence.

A data collection procedure, in place for nearly 200 years in Scotland and all other parts of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is being hijacked by WOKE politicians to serve an agenda for change that has not been agreed to by the electorate.

The census should not be tinkered with by politicians. But Sturgeon and her WOKE friends are determined on a course of action that will change Scottish society for ever and ruin the efficacy of vital data just to pander to a very significant but aggressively outspoken minority of WOKE activists who promote the denial of truth by refusing to accept biological reality.

Westminster politicians flirted with changing the rules for data collection, (with little public fanfare) before the 2020 census but a letter published in the “Times” signed off by 100 eminent accademics noted that the guidance would effectively transform the sex question into one of gender identity undermining reliability on a key demographic variable.

In layman’s terms accurately entering sex on the census form is important so that healthcare providers are able to project with accuracy the numbers of the population likely to develop prostate cancer, which is limited to biological men and conversely the number of woman who will become ill through cervical cancer which is limited to biological women. And many other instances.

There is still time for a politician with guts and determination to get the matter referred to the Supreme Court for a judgement which would mirror that reached in the courts in England Wales and Northern Ireland. Sturgeon should leave well alone!!!!


The Early Days of Sturgeon’s Political Career Revealed Her Ruthless Ambition to Lead the SNP Regardless of Friendship or Loyalty

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Sturgeon – 1986-2010

1986: Just 17 years old and wet behind the ears a youthful Nicola Sturgeon joined the SNP and soon got stuck into political arguments with politicians many years her senior and electioneering with gusto.

Her speedy acceptance as a budding politician of note was quite remarkable given her attention was also taken up with studies for a law degree at Glasgow University at Glasgow University and her early days in employment as a trainee solicitor at Drumchapel Law Centre.

1992 Her problem politically was that she was universally disliked by many of her political colleagues and the public who viewed her as an aggressive hard-line humourless harpy with an unhealthy preference for trouser suits.

But at the time she emerged there was a dearth of young talented Scottish nationalists and she able to apply for and was elected onto the SNP National Executive and unsuccessfully (gained less than 20% of the votes) stood as a candidate for the Shettleston seat in the Scottish parliamentary elections.

1997: She stood as a candidate for the Westminster seat of Glasgow Govan and lost and it wasn’t until 1999 when she finally gained a seat in the Scottish parliament as an unelected list MSP.

2004: John Swinney resigned. Sturgeon was convinced she would succeed him as party leader but her ambitions were apparently dealt a severe blow when in an audacious change of mind Alex Salmond, took the job despite earlier insisting: ‘If nominated, I would decline; if drafted, I will defer and, if elected, I will resign.”

But Alex taking the leadership had only ever been Plan B. It was previously agreed he would take on the role of mentor to the new leader Sturgeon. But he was forced to throw his hat into the ring when it became obvious that she was losing, badly, to Perth MSP Roseanna Cunningham.

Enhancing her prospects Sturgeon abandoned her bid to lead the party and instead submitted her application for the Deputy leader’s job only a few hours before nominations closed, tricking Roseanna Cunningham, who was denied time to muster sufficient support, out of the deputy leader post.

Roseanna, who had enjoyed the company of Sturgeon on many nights out dining at Glasgow restaurant’s was appalled at Sturgeon’s treachery and with her political career effectively blunted she never forgave her. Friendship’s do not survive such betrayal.

With Alex away at Westminster Sturgeon took charge of the party at Holyrood and did well. In an interview with the BBC when asked about her image change she said: “When you’re younger, you take yourself far too seriously – particularly being a young woman in politics, where you feel a pressure to be taken seriously. If I were honest, I was probably a bit po-faced”.

Her new found persona confirmed she had dramatically reversed her opinion of Margaret Thatcher since her demeanour was now much more in common with the late Iron Lady than she would admit to.

Previously Sturgeon said : “it wasn’t fair, where a man would be judged ‘robust’, she was damned as “nippie”. He might be “articulate”, she would be “strident”.

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2007: It was 13 years after she entered politics before she was elected to the Scottish parliamentary seat of Glasgow Southside and her success would be attributed to the leadership of Alex Salmond whose electioneering skills and campaigning took the SNP into power in Scotland for the first time ever.

The election also introduced a “new” Sturgeon who together with other colleagues had been equipped with effective public presentation skills after media consultants had conducted polls and identified their public weaknesses, which had to be overcome if the 2007 election was to be won. Formally “nippie sweetie” Sturgeon engaged with the public as a smiling, mild mannered and at times flirty young woman. She was transformed.

2010: Towards the end of 2003 the press revealed Sturgeon was in a relationship with Peter Murrell, Chief Executive of the SNP. After nearly seven years together they married in July 2010.

While some within the Party were content with the new but unusual arrangement there were many whose views were much more cynical observing:

“She part-controls the political side of things and he completely controls the organisational side of things. It’s a pretty powerful axis to be sat around one breakfast table.” It was her insistence on the continuance of the “special arrangement” when she became party leader that brought about the rift between herself and Alex who advised against it.

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Sturgeon and the SNP Panic as BBC Curries Favour With Westminster Government – Adopting Anti-Woke policies – Major Shake-up in News and Current Affairs Presentation -Bye-Bye Kuenssberg – Smith and others

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23 Oct 2021: Andrew Neil in talks with BBC to return

The new BBC Director General, Tim Davie is actively negotiating the future of the BBC licence fee and is shifting “News and Current Affairs” away from from the “Woke” agenda in an effort to persuade Westminster politicians that the corporation’s partiality towards the Tory government is assured.

In another unexpected move, seen as a message of good intention to the Tory Government, Davie met with Andrew Neil to help “clear a path and repair the damage done to his reputation” allowing the right-wing news presenter to return to the BBC after his dramatic exit from GB News. But Neil will only return on his own terms which links the move to a major power shift within the news and Current Affairs Department….

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23 Oct 2021: Laura Kuenssberg to step down as BBC political editor

Those with knowledge of negotiations say her tenure as BBC political editor and her anti-brexit views, (she had to be provided with a bodyguard) coincided with unprecedented scrutiny of how the corporation’s political journalism shapes the national news agenda and there is to be a major reshuffle of senior on-air staff leading to her relegation to presenting the Today programme on Radio 4 increasing the number of presenters to six.

As part of the reshuffle of leading BBC journalists, Jon Sopel is stepping down as North America editor and returning to the UK. Sopel’s return also means he is now a candidate to be the new BBC political editor, having been connected to the job back in 2015. At that time the job instead went to Kuenssberg, who became the first woman to hold the position of BBC political editor.

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Sarah Smith, the current BBC Scotland editor and occasional Today presenter is rumoured to bed taking over Sopel’s current job in the USA. Her departure would in turn open up a vacancy leading national coverage of Scotland at a time when the corporation is under attack from the Scottish Independence Movement. (The Guardian)

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The View of the Top Echelon of the SNP is That Seceding from the UK Would be the Height of Irresponsibility – Yet Another Scottish Political Party Bought for the Queens Shilling

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Stewart McDonald MP for Glasgow South speaks for the SNP on Scottish Independence

McDonald and many of his SNP MP/MSP colleagues are openly hostile to the movement they purport to represent. When support for Scottish independence rises they publicly argue against holding a second referendum claiming to do so before the SNP had “renewed its case” for seceding from the UK would be “the height of irresponsibility”. Adding insult to injury McDonald himself launched an extraordinarily vicious broadside against ‘cybernats’ – Scottish independence supporters on social media – accusing them of being “creepy” and “vile”, “spreading poison and cynicism”, and behaving like “obnoxious thugs”. Reporting on his comments, Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins, in a Glasgow Herald article heartily endorsed McDonald’s stance.

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Stewart McDonald SNP MP – his associates within the SNP and wider afield and their links to the Integrity Initiative and British Secret Services

McDonald MP for Glasgow South is Westminster’s most enthusiastic Russia-basher. His anti-Russia campaigning is quite remarkable. Until 2018, he showed little or no interest in the country at all, but, following an SNP Leadership supported (undeclared to Westminster) fully funded jolly to Ukraine with his close friend and personal adviser Neal Stewart and fellow SNP MPs Douglas Chapman and Chris Law to reassure the Ukraine the SNP was not pro-Russian he was transformed into an ardent opponent of Moscow and a passionate supporter of the British establishment position on foreign policy.

For an elected representative of the Scottish National Party (SNP) to place such faith in the commitment of British intelligence agencies to truth and the defense of democracy is odd to say the least, given the party and the Scottish independence movement more widely have been subject to widespread surveillance, infiltration and disruption by British spooks throughout its existence.

McDonald’s fixation on “disinformation” may have overseas origins. In February 2020, he took an all-expenses-paid seven-day trip to Washington, DC to attend a conference on “combating disinformation online” convened by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a leading globalist think tank. Not long after, he wrote a fiery article for the Times, alleging that Russia was “infecting the planet with disinformation,” calling for an “international coalition” to “defeat the virus.” Russophobic rhetoric is also rife on McDonald’s Twitter account – where he frequently posts about the country, in the process amplifying and promoting the writings and rantings of individuals intimately involved in the secretive “Integrity Initiative” organisation.

A bombshell publication revealing all that is unsettling with the UK’s media disinformation -

The Integrity Initiative and the Institute for Statecraft

This is a covert UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office military intelligence operation which maintains clandestine networks of journalists, academics and military and intelligence operatives across the world – dubbed “clusters” – which spread pro-Western, anti-Russian propaganda.

McDonald’s very close friend Neal Stewart has given secret briefings at the offices of its pseudo – parent ‘charity’, the shadowy “Institute for Statecraft” which established its headquarters in the Fife constituency of the then SNP, MP, Stephen Gethin who maintains very close links with a number of highly placed secret service individuals and the John Smith Institute at Glasgow University and the Integrity Initiative.

MI5 operative – Euan Grant a member of the Integrity Initiative’s, Inner Core “attended the Neal Stewart event” at Two Temple Place, the secret London offices of the Institute for Statecraft, the Integrity Initiative’s shadowy parent organisation. Grant, worked for many years under the direction of retired MI5 Director General Andrew Parker. Read:

Another associate is self-styled “Dr.” Jennifer Jones – who in August 2018 falsely accused a large number of online independence supporters of being “bots” She allegedly met with representatives of “Integrity Initiative”, which she described as “super interesting.” Full coverage of the exposure of a British Secret Service attack on Scottish nationalist campaigners here:

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Shell companies

The Ukraine is the most common abuser of Scottish Limited Partnership’s (SLPs), used for asset protection but also for criminal activities. The partnerships are heavily promoted in Ukraine as a way to secretly move substantial amounts of fraudulently gained money out of the country. $7 billion out of the $20 billion in the, Laundromat‟ case was routed through Scottish SLP’s.

The Ukraine also exported huge amounts of munitions to the Middle East at a time of conflicts using an SLP company based in Scotland. SLP’s are also used to
export coal from Donbass. Russian oligarchs purchase Donetsk coal. Move it to Rostov then send it to Turkey under the name of an SLP registered in Scotland.

SLPs were also used to break the UN Crimea blockade. A council house in Inverness was the address of the “owner” of a Russian ship that had run out of money in a Turkish harbour.

The revelations of the “Ferret” make the presence of the Secret Services in Scotland (The John Smith Foundation) and the SNP politicians visit to the Ukraine more interesting to the political observer. Full story:

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Where’s Nicola????

Resilience Scotland – The SNP’s Secret army

In May 2020, McDonald outlined plans for a “civilian army” which would be “deployed” at times of national crisis. a development fully in harmony with the aspirations of “Statecraft” since it advocates a number of policies instilling a military ethos at every level of Scottish society. Conversely, the scheme met with widespread opposition from grassroots Scottish Independence supporters.

McDonald acknowledged his proposals were not universally popular but they were a necessary response to proposals announced by the Modern Deterrence Project (MDP) of the Royal United Services Institute, a think tank with close ties to the UK national security establishment.

MDP chief Elisabeth Braw – former “non-resident senior fellow” at the ultra right wing think tank the “Atlantic Council” – reportedly liaised directly with McDonald on the plans further undermining his denials of ties with Integrity Initiative, given she is named as part of the organization’s North American “cluster.”

The SNP MP would have every reason to repudiate a relationship with Integrity Initiative, given its clear hostility to the values of the very movement he supposedly represents. In March 2018, the organization solicited a confidential briefing on the SNP’s internal dynamics and nationalist figures, groups and factions from prominent Scottish journalist David Leask. Referring to independence movements “separatist loons,” Leask noted “SNP going to Ukraine – to reassure allies they are not pro-Russian.”

Whatever the truth of the matter, three years earlier, Leask dismissed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s suggestion that independence supporters were “right to be paranoid” about MI5 interference in the 2014 independence referendum as a deranged conspiracy theory. But his views were far from fringe during the vote itself. In all, 26 percent of Scots believed MI5 was meddling in the 2014 independence referendum campaign to ensure a “no” vote prevailed.

It’s surprising that the figure wasn’t even higher, given the agency is known to have maintained for many years a dedicated section on independence groups and activists, headed by Stella Rimington, who became MI5 director general in 1992. The significant rise in nationalist sentiment in recent years culminating in the formation of the “John Smith Institute” operating out of Glasgow University suggests it continues to do so.

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The Secret Service tightens its grip on Scotland

In 2015, British intelligence agency GCHQ was quietly authorized to eavesdrop on politicians from the devolved legislatures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland prompting a plea from the heads of the devolved governments urging Whitehall to protect the privacy of parliamentarians in the three nations. Their entreaties fell on deaf ears.

McDonald, and his associates had no need for concern since legal instructions specifically barred GCHQ from monitoring MPs at Westminster.

In April 2019, Westminster based SNP MP Stephen Gethins – who has since lost his seat – asked then-secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs Alan Duncan what steps were being taken by Whitehall “to tackle the distribution of disinformation in Ukraine, Belarus and the Baltic States.”

The answer was Open Information Partnership (OIP), which leaked Foreign Office documents exposed as an avowed “disinformation or troll factory” targeted at Russia, run by an organization staffed by individuals with military and intelligence backgrounds in London and Scotland.

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Many thanks to: Kit Klarenberg, an investigative journalist who reports on the British intelligence services in shaping politics and perceptions within and out with the nation.

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Craig Murray Jailed and Citizen Journalist’s under threat of similar punishment in the future. But nobody cares. Is it “So Long as it isn’t me I don’t care” !! If affirmed I fear for democracy

One of the key factors contributing to the decision of the court and Lady Dorrian to impose a previously unheard of draconian jail sentence on Craig Murray was that he was not, in the opinion of the court entitled to the same rights and privileges as a mainstream journalist.

Paragraph 4 of the judgement stated in disparaging terms:

“The applicant describes himself as a “journalist in new media”. Whatever that may involve, it is relevant to distinguish his position from that of the mainstream press, which is regulated, and subject to codes of practice and ethics in a way in which those writing as the applicant does are not. To the extent that the submissions for the applicant make comparisons with other press contempt’s, and the role of mainstream journalists, this is a factor which should be recognised.”

But online activity is not a devolved matter. It is reserved to the Westminster government who publicly announced 3 week before the judgement and comments of Lady Dorrian that Craig Murray was fully entitled in Law to consider himself to be a bona fide journalist.

Lady Dorrian’s judgement was predicated on a misinterpretation of her powers and that of the court.

This is the position of the Westminster government, published 3 weeks before lady Dorrian’s sentencing of Craig Murray.

Media minister John Whittingdale, speaking for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said; “citizen journalists will have the same protections for their work as professional news providers adding, “we don’t want the legislation to lead to a ‘woke web’ where legitimate journalism is censored. That’s why we’ve built in safeguards so that content from news publishers will not be in scope of new laws, including content shared on social media platforms, and media providers will need to factor in the crucial role of journalism as well as freedom of expression in their moderation decisions. A vibrant and free media is essential to our democracy and our Bill will make sure vital public interest journalism can reach its audience without interference.
But the response to the publication of my article has been disappointing. Does anyone really care about the future of Citizen journalists!!!!


Citizen Journalists Such as Craig Murray are Guaranteed the Same Rights and Privileges as Mainstream Journalist Contrary to the Judgement of lady Dorrian and the High Court of Justiaciary- His Jail Sentence Should be Revoked

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8 Jun 2021: Opinion of the Court Delivered by Lady Dorrian, The Lord Justice Clerk in Petition and Complaint by Her Majesties Advocate Petitioner Against Craig Murray


One of the key factors contributing to the decision of the court to impose a previously unheard of draconian jail sentence on Craig Murray was that he was not, in the opinion of the court entitled to the same rights and privileges as a mainstream journalist.

Paragraph 4 of the judgement stated in disparaging terms:

“The applicant describes himself as a “journalist in new media”. Whatever that may involve, it is relevant to distinguish his position from that of the mainstream press, which is regulated, and subject to codes of practice and ethics in a way in which those writing as the applicant does are not. To the extent that the submissions for the applicant make comparisons with other press contempt’s, and the role of mainstream journalists, this is a factor which should be recognised.”

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But only three weeks before the delivery of the opinion of the court in Edinburgh the UK government published proposals for the early introduction of legislation fully recognising the rights and privileges of “citizen journalists.”

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21 May 2021: Online Safety Bill: New law will protect journalism from censorship

The media will have a statutory duty to safeguard UK users’ ability to access journalism under the new Online Safety Bill. The Government has made clear that content on news websites, including articles and user comments, is not in scope of the legislation.

Media minister John Whittingdale, speaking for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said; “citizen journalists will have the same protections for their work as professional news providers adding, “we don’t want the legislation to lead to a ‘woke web’ where legitimate journalism is censored. That’s why we’ve built in safeguards so that content from news publishers will not be in scope of new laws, including content shared on social media platforms, and media providers will need to factor in the crucial role of journalism as well as freedom of expression in their moderation decisions. A vibrant and free media is essential to our democracy and our Bill will make sure vital public interest journalism can reach its audience without interference. Ofcom will be keeping a watchful eye to ensure media platforms remain open and impartial theatres of debate. The bill will force the removal and limit the spread harmful content including child sexual abuse, terrorist material and suicide content, plus user-generated online fraud such as romance scams and fake investment opportunities. Mis- and disinformation is also in scope.The legislation will also tackle racist abuse. The Publication of content deemed “democratically important”, meaning anything promoting or opposing government policy or a party ahead of an election, or campaigning on a live political issue will be protected.

The pronouncement of the court in Edinburgh is at variance with the views and intent of the higher authority of Westminster. The judgement is imperfect and the sentence should be reversed.

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