David Clegg and Kieran Andrews’ book on the Salmond case is out and reviewed in the Times today.
Don’t touch it. Don’t encourage these rats with your money.
Clegg is a deeply Unionist, anti-SNP figure, with establishment connections. Here he is on a US jolly with FM office Chief of Staff, Liz Lloyd:
James Kelly painted him clearly in January 2019:
Their appalling front page today is just the latest in a long line of examples, and David Clegg’s eagerness to promote that front page on social media will be a mark of shame until his dying day.
There is a gloating, mocking air to the words “Alexander Elliott Anderson Salmond, you are accused of…” which leaves no room for doubt that the Record’s agenda is political revenge. I suspect that any complainant would be deeply distressed to see their accounts weaponised in that way, and also trivialised by the unmistakeable use of “Cluedo”-type language. Meanwhile readers are clearly being invited to believe that the only salient point is that Salmond has been charged with the offences that are itemised in huge lettering. There is only the tiniest of token nods to the fact that the charges have yet to be tested in court. Essentially Mr Salmond’s right to a presumption of innocence has been totally disregarded.
In case you had any remaining sliver of doubt about what game the Record are playing, Salmond is branded at the bottom of the page as “the face of independence”, a point expanded on by an article by Clegg that tries to argue that the independence cause has been seriously damaged. Anyone would think it was the Yes movement that had been charged with sexual offences. Anyone would think that politicians from other movements and other parties are immune to criminal charges, or to the possibility of personal misdemeanours that are self-evidently unrelated to their politics. Even very recent history tells us otherwise.https://scotgoespop.blogspot.com/2019/01/scotland-shame-disgraceful-behaviour-of.html
There is also justifiable suspicion as to Clegg’s sources. Gordon Dangerfield clarified this in October 2020:
In January 2019, after the Scottish Government had conceded at judicial review that Evans’s investigation of the Salmond complaints had been biased and unlawful, the Daily Record quoted Salmond’s message to his supporters:
“The Daily Record boasted of a ‘tip-off ‘ about me in October 2017. The question is from who? Perhaps we are now getting very close to finding out.”
It is now more vital than ever that we should find out, and that the inquiry should know, who provided this “tip-off” to the Daily Record.
We must find out, and the inquiry must know, how it could be that David Clegg and the Daily Record knew something about these complaints on 31 October 2017 when, so we are told, no-one in the Scottish Government, up to and including Nicola Sturgeon, had any idea about them.https://gordondangerfield.com/2020/10/14/salmond-inquiry-an-essential-question/