All of these men and women have the blood of many innocent women and children on their hands, from the atrocities in Kenya to the bombing of Libya. They have all sanctioned military action, often the bombing of residential urban areas, in pursuit of ‘Britain’s national interests’ – land, resources, influence. Some treated women badly. One may well have abused children. None had their political careers ended because of those offenses far less their crimes against humanity.
This man, Alex Salmond, has admitted to alcohol-fuelled but clearly unacceptable behaviour toward some women. He committed no criminal acts, and wishes to move on, after years of mediated psychological punishment, resuming a political career.
In the ‘great scheme of things’, I see no reason why he should not.
Remember, also, he has demonstrated a powerful and courageous moral strength in other areas. Only he and Charles Kennedy, among leading UK political figures, stood against the imperialist adventure in Iraq, going so far as to attempt to have Tony Blair tried for war crimes. The clearly jaundiced behaviour toward him of senior UK civil servants in Edinburgh may be due to the UK establishment’s patiently conceived revenge for that offense against their pride.
I am an SNP member and a staunch defender of the party, the party leader/FM and the Scottish Government, in this blog, repeatedly. Stuart Campbell of Wings leaves me out any comparative reports suggesting that I am no more than a mouthpiece for the party.
I have criticised the FM for idolising the war criminal and fake feminist, Hilary Clinton, for recommending we buy a book by the serious war criminal, Henry Kissinger and for allowing a smiling selfie with that loathsome architect of the Iraq War, Alistair Campbell.
These are serious lapses, worrying indicators of a poor grasp of non-domestic politics, even lack of empathy for women in the Arab world dying at the hands of our ‘heroic’ pilots, but, given her massive competence in the domestic arena, I suggest only some staff development is required.
Finally, the notion that he should not be allowed to take part in Scottish politics because of his show on ‘Putin propaganda channel’ RT, is ill-informed hypocrisy. In 2014, I was on RT three times, accusing the UK propaganda channel BBC, of bias. No one complained then.
I’m not daft. I know RT has an agenda. I know Putin would love the UK to break-up just as he loved Brexit, but no UK broadcaster would give me air time and not even the Sunday Herald would give me space. What was I to do?
No UK broadcaster would give Alex Salmond air time because of his nerve in criticising the state they serve. What was he to do?
So, almost certainly, I will vote SNP 1, Alba 2.
Before you condemn me, do some ******* reading.