Alex Salmond has lost credibility by not being honest

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Alex Salmond has lost credibility by not being honest

Post by falkor » Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:41 am

First Minister has lost credibility and should consider his position
28 Oct 2012 01:45 Daily Record
FORMER Labour Minister Brian Wilson says Alex Salmond has lost credibility by not being honest and must now consider his position as First Minister.
I’VE always tried to avoid calling anyone a liar – but that does not mean I don’t know when I’ve been lied to.

All Scotland now finds itself in that position due to the scandalous behaviour of Alex Salmond.

His deputy went on radio to describe it as “unfortunate… the impression was given” that the Scottish Government took legal advice on whether an independent Scotland could automatically access the European Union.

Salmond has even managed to outrage his friends at Rupert Murdoch’s News International.

Despite the criticism of his previous dealings with the company, he still met a team from The Sun at the SNP conference last weekend. For all the good it did him.

He still woke up on Wednesday to their headline “EU Liar” beside his picture.

Why? Because everyone had taken his assurance that legal advice had been taken on Scotland’s entry into the EU at face value. And nobody likes being made a fool of.

The dogs in the street know this is what Salmond said and, just as important, the impression he and his colleagues sought to maintain over a six-month period.

At any point, he could have cleared up the “unfortunate” misunderstanding by admitting no such advice existed. He made the choice not to do so.

The question of EU membership is crucial to the independence debate. Whether one is pro- or anti-EU isn’t relevant. At stake is the question of whether Scotland would be required to join the euro.

The other option – Scotland being outside the EU even temporarily – would mean a plunge in our financial ratings, which would affect jobs, pensions and savings.

For Salmond to have gone this far without legal certainty is a disgrace. But to pretend the opposite rather than admit the reality is beneath contempt.

Now he has fallen back on a familiar tactic by appointing three stooges – a Lord, a Dame and a Sir Humphrey – to investigate a question nobody is asking: Whether or not he broke the Ministerial Code.

The charge is more serious – that he sought to deceive the Scottish people.