Friday, 11 January 2019

No One's 'Bigger Than The Club"

In keeping with the politics of the times we now seem to have reached the position where both Jeremy Corbyn and Alex Salmond seem to think they are 'bigger' than their respective parties.

Despite all the evidence to the contrary, Jeremy Corbyn still believes in such a thing as a 'Jobs First' Brexit which will lead to a stronger UK economy - while defying the clear will of the vast majority of Labour members and supporters who believe there should be a People's Vote on the final terms of any Brexit Deal or No Deal.

Meanwhile north of the border the SNP Government and Alex Salmond are locked in a battle where the interests of two women who raised separate complaints of sexual harassment against the former first minister have been reduced to a mere sideshow.  

Police Scotland are now involved and while Alex Salmond has rejected any notion of 'criminality' in his behaviour this is not really the issue since most complaints of harassment at the workplace do not involve the criminal law.

The criminal law requires a higher standard of proof and normally some form of third party corroboration whereas the civil law (at the workplace) hinges on the balance of the evidence and credibility of the witnesses. 

But we now have a dog's dinner of a mess in which the ability of the complainers to have their voices properly heard has been pushed to the sidelines.

So I think you could fairly describe the handling of this affair as a terrible advert for the 'MeToo' Movement - and for Scotland into the bargain.