It wasn’t a great day for sturgeon yesterday after she was asked three times to say if she would resign if found to have mislead the Scottish Parliament. Each time she was asked, she 100% refused to give a straight answer.
The ding dong in the Scottish Parliament was lead by the Scottish Tories. Sturgeon had to slap down claims of “a cover-up at the heart of government”. A dossier which had claimed accusations against Nicola Sturgeon was labelled a conspiracy theory after Alex Salmond pulled out of giving sworn testimony.
The ruling party of government is acting above the law.— Scottish Conservatives (@ScotTories) February 10, 2021
Officials changing their evidence. Lawyers shutting down key witnesses.
Today @RuthDavidsonMSP shared some evidence the committee has been blocked from publishing. 👇 pic.twitter.com/F6hFElRTV9
Sturgeon said: “I call on anybody who has anything that would help with the process of the committee to sit before the committee and do what I am going to do, which is to put an account on the record, under oath. I am not the one who is refusing to do that.”
Adding: “In my view, a process that indulges conspiracy theories without insisting that people come before the committee to substantiate those theories also lets down the women.”
A spokesperson later said: “If the committee is as serious about getting to the facts and the truth as they claim to be, why on Earth wouldn’t they use the powers at their disposal to compel witnesses to attend?”
“They’ve previously talked about using those powers in respect of other witnesses so it would seem to make sense that they would want to do it in this case.”
“It’s time to take this stuff out of the murky world of the blogosphere and subject these conspiracy theories to proper scrutiny, under oath, in parliament and that’s what the First Minister will be doing in parliament next week.”
The SNP government failed the women who came forward and ever since, there has been a cover-up at the heart of government to hide what really happened.— Scottish Conservatives (@ScotTories) February 11, 2021
This whole affair stinks to high heaven. pic.twitter.com/NAFbeT4sFC
Then a source close to Mr Salmond said: “Special advisers are not meant to instruct or advise or tell Parliamentary committees what they should do,”
Alex Salmond claims that when Sturgeon and Salmond Met, sturgeon broke ministerial code by not recording the meeting with him in her official diaries while also ignoring legal advice.
The ding dong continues…