ref date:1 Oct 1999 (WBA)
Scotsman paper gets some of its fire back in its belly
The Scotsman paper was the most outspoken critic of Scottish independence at the
election in may and did a great deal of damage to the SNP without
ever offering up proof that the Scots were , in theory, subsidised by English
tax payers pounds.
Now however, with Labour ministers in the Scottish parliament taking
more than conversational tips from interested business lobbyists - the
Scotsman paper is insisting, VERY RIGHTLY, that the meeting to investigate
this be open and publically accountable.
The Scottish Labour executive is in Londons pocket, and Labour has
NOT put an end to sleaze nor provided open government
The SNPs Michael Russell said of this cover up scenario
"The conflict between the two versions of the
speech raises the question of whether there has been a cover-up.
" Quite clearly the First Minister’s statement (Donald Dewar talking about cash for ministerial access) does not draw a line under
this matter. If there’s nothing to hide, then there’s no reason not to
encourage the standards committee to have a full inquiry. The further the
committee distances itself from the inquiry, the bigger the questions will
be about the possibilities of a cover-up."