In the Herald today:
WESTMINSTER has a “very clear duty of care” to protect Scottish (sic) civil servants involved in the Salmond row and MPs must ensure Scottish Government officials operate in an impartial and appropriate way, Liam Fox, the former UK Cabinet, has insisted.
Three thoughts occur:
- Westminster has a “very clear duty of care” because the Scottish Government’s chief civil servant had to be chosen by the FM from a very short list (of Ulster Unionists?) compiled by the UK Civil Service and, as always, approved by the PM and MI5?
- Westminster has a “very clear duty of care” because that person is in danger of exposure and must now be rewarded for services to ‘The Crown?’
- Westminster has a “very clear duty of care” because the current PM has a proud history in that regard? No, wait, he hasn’t. See:
Boris Johnson is under pressure over his role in Sir Kim Darroch’s resignation as British ambassador to Washington, with critics accusing the likely next prime minister of throwing the envoy “under the bus”. In a shock move which prompted the senior civil servant at the Foreign Office to call an all-staff meeting to reassure “shaken” diplomats, Darroch announced on Wednesday he could no longer continue in his role following a leak of official cables in which he criticised Donald Trump.