Beyond the Noise: Salmond, the history and future of Scottish nationalism
Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 news cycle and gets to heart of issues, trying to find the substance behind the headlines.
THIS week, Jamieson is joined by Iain Macwhirter, Herald columnist and author, to discuss the history of the Scottish independence movement, the seminal role played in it by Alex Salmond and the future of that movement in the crisis of the British state.
Among other things they discuss:
Alex Salmond maintains innocence after being charged with alleged sexual assault and attempted rape
The former first minister made the statement following his arrest and appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court
- Alex Salmond faces 14 charges, including attempted rape, sexual assault, indecent assault and breach of the peace
- Salmond said following the hearing: "I have always maintained that I have never engaged in criminality and that remains my position.”
The Salmond row: What we know, what we need to know, and what happens now
The Salmond row has become extremely complex very quickly – CommonSpace provides a handy breakdown of what you need to know
THE debacle over Alex Salmond’s alleged sexual misconduct, which he denies, has engulfed Scottish politics and caused an unseemly public spat between the former and current First Ministers in the press, each accusing the other of smears.
In the Cartoon of the Week, Lorna Miller takes a look at the furore surrounding the alleged sexual misconduct of former First Minister Alex Salmond, who won a court case against the Scottish Government this week over its handling of the investigation.
To see Lorna’s last Cartoon of the Week, click here.
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Alex Salmond wins case against @ScotGov over handling of sexual harassment claims
Former FM says Scottish Government "made an abject surrender" and calls for Permanent Secretary to consider her position
FORMER First Minister Alex Salmond has won his case against the Scottish Government after it admitted it had breached guidelines in investigating allegations of sexual harassment against him.
Judge Lord Pentland told the Court of Session in Edinburgh that the Scottish Government had acted unlawfully “in respect that they were procedurally unfair" and "tainted with apparent bias".
Robin McAlpine: Public debate has become an arms race – it will build a world of hate
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says the nature of public debate is becoming increasingly nasty and personalised – only the far-right will win from this
IT IS a sad truth about humanity that whenever we create a new piece of technology, someone will try to use it as a weapon, will try to use it to hurt others.
Alex Salmond resigns from the SNP to avoid dividing the party
Salmond: “Most of all I am conscious that if the Party felt forced into suspending me it would cause substantial internal division.”
FORMER first minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond has resigned his membership of the SNP to avoid dividing the party, following allegations of sexual misconduct, which he refutes.
Leah Franchetti: 'Blood sport' reporting of Salmond sexual harassment claims makes me wonder if the media missed #MeToo
Leah Franchetti (@leahfranchetti), vice-chair of the Shettleston Labour Party and on the steering group of the Scottish Labour Women’s Movement, argues that media reporting of the Alex Salmond sexual harrasment allegations has been unedifying, and raises questions about the extent to which the culture within news rooms – still dominated by men – has changed
Nicola Sturgeon: Sexual misconduct complaints against Alex Salmond “could not be ignored”
As the former first minister challenges Scottish Government procedure in court, Sturgeon calls for the privacy of those who made complaints against him to be respected.
FIRST MINISTER NICOLA STURGEON has stated that allegations of sexual misconduct against her predecessor Alex Salmond cannot be “swept under the carpet” and emphasised the need to ensure “fair and due process”.