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HOW SCOTLAND'S MASONIC COPS HAVE ABUSED DURING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS
HOW MASONIC THUG COPS HAVE FORCED CONVICTIONS DURING INTERROGATIONS WITHOUT REPRESENTATION

Landmark ruling on questioning powers sparks law change

Emergency legislation is being brought in after a landmark UK Supreme Court ruling that Scots police can no longer question suspects without their lawyer. Judges in London upheld an appeal by teenager Peter Cadder, whose assault conviction was based on evidence gained before he spoke to his lawyer. Until now suspects could be questioned for six hours without a lawyer present.

The judges ruled this violated human rights to a fair trial. Ministers now plan to change Scots law. The Supreme Court judges said it was "remarkable that, until quite recently, nobody thought that there was anything wrong with this procedure" of questioning suspects without their lawyer present. They ruled it contravened a decision by the European Court of Human Rights in 2008 that suspects having access to a lawyer was fundamental to them receiving a fair trial. In their ruling, the judges admitted that their unanimous decision would have "profound consequences" for many Scottish cases. But they said: "There is no room, in the situation which confronts this court, for a decision that favours the status quo simply on grounds of expediency. "The issue is one of law. It must be faced up to, whatever the consequences."

It is thought the judgement could pave the way for thousands of other similar convictions to be reviewed or appealed. Among them could be Luke Mitchell, who was just 14 when he was questioned without a lawyer by police investigating the murder of his girlfriend, Jodi Jones. That aspect of his case is already being investigated by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.

The Supreme Court said it would not be appropriate to allow "closed cases" to be reopened. The decision will, however, affect cases which have not yet gone to trial, where the trial is still in progress or where an appeal has been brought in time and is not yet concluded. The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission will have to determine whether it is in the public interest for cases which have already been finally determined to be referred to the High Court, which will in turn have to decide how to deal with such cases.

The judges' decision has prompted the Scottish government to introduce emergency legislation to bring the country's rules into line with European human rights laws. Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said it had created a situation "to which we must respond". "With parliament's support we will be making swift legislative changes to protect the victims of crime and safeguard communities," he said.

"The main changes will mean introducing a right of access to legal advice before being questioned, extending the period during which a person may be detained, powers to adjust legal aid eligibility rules and measures to ensure certainty and finality in concluded cases. "We will be introducing this emergency legislation to parliament on Tuesday and with the support of the other political parties we can complete the parliamentary scrutiny and debate process during the course of Wednesday. We anticipate the bill receiving Royal Assent by Friday." Mr MacAskill said the Supreme Court's decision had overturned "decades of criminal procedure in Scotland".

He also said it had "gone against the unanimous decision last October by seven Scottish High Court judges at the Scottish Appeal Court". The justice secretary added: "We are concerned that the current devolution arrangements have created an anomaly that seems to put Scottish law at a disadvantage in comparison to elsewhere in the EU. "I want to see steps taken to address this anomaly."

Mr MacAskill said that the Supreme Court ruling had been "anticipated and planned for". The Crown Office recently ordered lawyers to be allowed immediate access to arrested clients.

We will be introducing this emergency legislation to parliament on Tuesday and with the support of the other political parties we can complete the parliamentary scrutiny and debate process during the course of Wednesday”
Kenny MacAskill Scottish Justice Secretary

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  • For years Scotlands thug cops have illegally interviewed suspects without a lawyer present
  • CLOSED GAY CENTRE IS PROBED BY COPS OVER FINANCES
    Official explanations for the closure of a controversial gay and lesbian centre linked to shamed ex-council boss Steven Purcell have finally been disclosed and include a series of “irregularities” being investigated by police.

    A report by Glasgow City Council into its decision to wind up the Castro Centre, which was spearheaded by a member of the city’s ruling Labour administration who has since been suspended by the party, shows around £64,000 of public money was spent by it before it was axed, considerably more than previously estimated. The document by the council’s leading solicitor, Ian Drummond, and finance chief Lynn Brown said the closure had also accelerated the local authority’s research into the needs of the city’s gay and lesbian community. It states: “The findings of the investigation carried out by internal audit have been passed to the police.”

    Mired in controversy and allegations of cronyism even before it opened on account of the role of councillor Ruth Black, a close ally of Mr Purcell, Castro closed in the summer after a probe revealed financial irregularities. Ms Black ran the centre with her long-term partner Jeannie McDougall, who has spoken recently of her links to her step-brother, the late underworld figure Stewart ‘Specky’ Boyd, and former gangland leader Paul Ferris. Ms Black has also been interviewed by police over the use and supply of drugs in Purcell’s circle of friends.

    The report in front of the council’s all-powerful executive committee this week claims almost £100,000 was awarded to the Merchant City-based centre between October 2009 and March 2010. About £35,000 not drawn down was reclaimed by the council. The grant was to fund a facility for the gay and lesbian community, “offering a safe space for self-organised community groups, health and wellbeing services, advice services, youth services and signposting to generic services”. However, after concern was expressed regarding its operation, the centre was monitored and then investigated by council auditors. Those in charge were given the opportunity to explain themselves, but they were told in early July that its grant was being axed.

    Meanwhile, the city’s Community Planning Partnership has commissioned research to address gaps in its knowledge of the needs of the gay community in Glasgow. Questions the researchers will ask include how well used and effective organisations such as the Castro centre have been. The research will be completed early next year. Ms Black could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

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  • FORMER COUNCIL LEADER HOMOSEXUAL STEVEN PURCELL QUIZZED OVER COCAINE CLAIMS
  • TRUMP'S THUGS MENACING LOCALS RESIDENTS AT MENIE
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  • CROWN ESTATE BRANDED A MONEY MAKING SCAM
    crown AS WE HAVE BEEN STATING FOR YEARS THE CROWN IS CRIMINALLY CORRUPT WITH CROWN JUDGES THIEVING LAND AND PROPERTY ON A MASSIVE SCALE

    Call for organisation’s powers and responsibilities in Scotland to be put under ‘democratic’ control

    The Crown Estate has been labelled a Treasury “scam” which makes money out of Scotland but puts little back in. Delegates called for all the estate’s powers, responsibilities and services north of the border to be put under “democratic control”. Until that happens, Rural Affairs and Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has asked the Crown Estate to consult with the Scottish Government before selling any more properties.

    The estate has a huge property portfolio in Scotland, including land, commercial assets and half the foreshore and seabed out to 12 nautical miles. Councils in the north are particularly annoyed that the Crown Estate is the only organisation benefiting directly from marine renewable energy projects. Speakers claimed Scottish profits should be invested here rather than going straight to the Treasury. Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan said the Crown Estate was a Treasury “scam”.

    In Stornoway, the port authority paid it £20,000 a year for doing “nothing”, he said. “Any income derived from this land should benefit Scotland, and the Crown Estate land should be managed by elected authorities in Scotland,” Mr Allan said. “Paying the UK Treasury for the use of our seabed is only one step away from paying them for the use of our fresh air.”

    Highland councillor John Finnie said the “democratisation” of the Crown Estate was one of the few issues on which there was cross-party support, including from Liberal Democrat MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Danny Alexander, who is now Chief Secretary to the Treasury. He said the Crown Estate had sold property in Scotland in order to invest in warehousing and shopping centres in England. The Treasury pocketed £65million as a result of the sale of two properties in Edinburgh. “There are serious ongoing questions about the Crown Estate’s stewardship in Scotland,” Mr Finnie said.

    “The UK Government must devolve all elements of the Crown Estate. Danny Alexander can, and should, make the decision.” Mr Lochhead has written to the Crown Estate’s Scottish commissioners, expressing his concern at the sale of the Edinburgh properties and calling for the Scottish Government to be consulted on future transactions.

    “Until the inter-government discussions about the administration of the Crown Estate in Scotland have concluded, I believe it would be appropriate for Scottish ministers to be consulted before selling off assets,” he said. “The Crown Estate is a significant landowner and rural landlord in Scotland and we enjoy a close and productive working relationship with them. However, it is still an anomaly that – post-devolution – the Crown Estate commissioners are not accountable to Scotland’s communities.”

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  • MORE MASONIC COPS ON THE STREETS AND THATS SUPPOSED TO MAKE US FEEL SAFER?
    GLASGOW'S MASONIC CHIEF CONSTABLE STATES HE IS PUTTING MORE COPS BACK ON THE STREETS BUT FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS. SEIZURE OF ASSETS AND AS THEY HAVE BEEN DOING FOR A VERY LONG TIME HELPING SHERIFF OFFICERS STEAL NON-MASON MENS PROPERTIES AND ALSO USING DRACONIAN FAMILY COURT JUDGEMENTS TO OPPRESS NON-MASON MEN AND THEIR FAMILIES WHILE LINING THE MASONIC COFFERS WITH SEIZURE OF ASSETS WITHOUT ANY CRIMINAL CONVICTION.

    SCOTLAND'S POLICE FORCE IS MADE UP OF A BUNCH OF CROOKED THUGS AND BULLY BOYS WHO REPRESENT THE MOST BIGOTED BUNCH OF CRIMINALLY CORRUPT MORONS ACROSS THE PLANET. WE SHOULD KNOW AS WE HAVE LOST MILLIONS IN THEIR RAIDS ON INNOCENT VICTIMS OF THEIR FORM OF SECRETIVE MASONIC THUGGERY. ONLY A MASSIVE INVESTIGATION INTO FREEMASONRY WITHIN SCOTLAND'S POLICE RANKS AND LEGAL SYSTEM WILL ROOT OUT THE BARBARIC PRACTICES OF A FORCE THAT IS UNACCOUNTABLE AND WOULD NOT LOOK OUT OF PLACE IN A GESTAPO REGIME. THEY ARE THE UTTER SCUM OF THE EARTH.


    Biggest police force in Scotland to send thousands of officers back on the beat

    SCOTLAND’S top police chief led a revolution yesterday as he prepared to send five times as many officers back on the beat. Strathclyde Chief Constable Steve House said the number of officers on patrol every day would rise from 500 to 2600 in the radical plans to unleash “old-style policing with a hard edge”. They will be backed by 2000 other officers who will only respond to 999 calls and other emergencies.

    House, who leads Scotland’s biggest force, claims his overhaul can be achieved through a radical re think of shift patterns and how officers are deployed. It will come into force next Monday. His blueprint – revealed to the Sunday Mail – comes despite all British police forces facing massive budget cuts and job losses. House said: “We are giving the public what they want and demand – more officers on the street to reduce the fear of crime and make people feel safer.”

    Hundreds of constables and sergeants will be ordered out of their office jobs to create the two dedicated teams. The 2600 community officers will operate in 194 beats from inner-city Glasgow to rural Argyll. The new breed will be told to learn the names of every drug dealer, crime family, career crook and domestic abuser in their area.

    For the first time, they will be given lists of sex offenders living on their patch so they can monitor them on a daily basis. And their radios will be fitted with global positioning systems so control rooms will know exactly where they are. At present, most officers report to a police station at the start of a shift and carry out a variety of duties.

    House said: “It’s a combination of old-style beat policing and modern policing using hi-tech equipment. “We have surveyed each area and asked people what they want from the police.

    “The biggest issue seem to be drunk and disorderly behaviour, drug misuse and speeding. We will also be using the community officers to monitor known sex offenders and domestic abusers. We take domestic abuse very seriously as an offence. “It will be a local policing service for the community. They will be there when they are needed, whether it is 4am or 4pm. However, it won’t be a tea and biscuits approach. It will be hard-edged. “The officers are also being moved to 10-hour days because we have them for longer each day. “It’s a scheme that has officers’ support as they get more days off.”

    If the 2600 community officers need back-up, they’ll call on the 2000-strong roving response teams, who can be deployed anywhere in the sprawling region. House has also asked Strathclyde Police Authority to automatically force out officers after 30 years’ service. That will free up jobs and cash for fresh recruits.

    The forced retirement mirrors a plot in the current series of TV’s Taggart where ageing Detective Chief Inspector Matt Burke is being pressured to quit by top brass. Force insiders say House’s plans are the “biggest overhaul of policing in decades”. It is thought that Scotland’s seven other smaller forces could copy the plans as high-level discussions about merging the country’s forces continue. House announced his plans days after a man was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack.

    Michael Davis, 21, was killed in Glasgow city centre on Wednesday evening after finishing his cleaning shift. No arrests have been made. House, 52, is three years into his five-year tenure in charge of the country’s biggest force, based at Pitt Street, Glasgow. Every remaining backroom and senior officer will also have to do at least one day a month on the beat – including the chief himself who goes out on patrol at least once a week.

    House admits there is no new money for the scheme, especially as the force are around £45million in the red. They have already ordered a recruitment freeze and House and his deputy have ditched their bonuses. Around 600 civilian workers are facing redundancy. House also want to use the new frontline teams to target apparently legitimate business figures involved in organised crime.

    The force faced flak for placing a sign stating “Strathclyde Police tackling serious and organised crime” outside the home of boxing promoter Barry Hughes during a raid in July. But rather than back down, House promised more of the same. He said: “We will be seizing more assets – we will become more aggressive in the seizing of assets. “We need to understand how we can become more audacious and the law will be changing to allow us to do that. We are getting better at what we do. We are on course for reaching our target for seizures this year. If you can take the money away you effectively cripple them.

    “There are a number of organised criminals out there who we do not know about. “Some seem to be legitimate businessmen but they are not, they are criminals. We are learning all the time.

    “We also have better communications with local authorities to let them know who is involved in organised crime, particularly security companies who apply for council contracts.” Meanwhile, the Glasgow-born chief denied rumours he has his sights set on Britain’s top policing job as the Met’s commissioner. He insisted: “I am very happy here. My kids are settled at school and my daughter is going to university in Aberdeen.”

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  • MORE EXTORTIONATE LAND THEFT BY THE MASONIC LEGAL MAFIA
    A FARMER says his family has been destroyed by a deal that allowed developers to snap up £27 million worth of land for just £350,000.

    The astonishing statement was made this week after Jamie McFadzean staged a sit-in protest at East Ayrshire Council chambers. Jamie revealed how his dad, George, suffered a heart attack after discovering that he had signed away the family fortune. George had agreed a contract in 2001 that was to eventually transfer ownership of 90-acre Northcraig Farm – in the family since 1926 – to developers Hallam Land Management for just £350,000.

    The current value of residential land in Kilmarnock is estimated to be £300,000 an acre. Jamie, 43, says his dad agreed to an initial payment of £350,000 on the understanding that further substantial payments would be made as and when houses were built on the land – which sits right next to the Southcraigs estate. And he claims his 68-year-old dad was assured that if building didn’t begin within seven years then ownership would revert back to the family. Instead, it was the exact opposite.

    Jamie – who lives on and runs a sandblasting firm from the farm – told the Standard: “My parents’ lives have been ruined by this. My mum and dad used to be happy people but not any more. The only reason my dad agreed to the deal was because he was assured that if nothing happened with the land – and as a consequence he didn’t get any extra payments – then at least it would return to our family. “Instead, nothing happened, no extra payment was ever made and ownership after the seven years remained with Hallam Land Management. “When my dad discovered this was the case he collapsed with a heart attack – that’s how badly it has affected our family. We all live here and my dad and brother, David, still farm the land. It’s our lives and we’re seeing it being taken away for a pittance.”

    Married dad-of-two Jamie and his family are now facing eviction as HLM steps up its efforts – nine years on from the original deal – to build houses at Northcraig. The company has unveiled plans for up to 500 new homes on the site of Northcraig Farm, and is set to submit a planning application. Jamie is also seeking legal advice about the representation his dad was given at the time by his lawyer, who is now a sheriff at an Ayrshire court.

    He added: “Just months before my dad signed the contract we had an offer from McLean Homes which was concrete and amounted to £11m for the whole site. But at the time my dad, having sought advice from his lawyer, thought the Hallam deal was better, because of the clawback option with the ownership. I have paperwork that shows my dad raised concerns about the deal the very day before it was signed. People may say what they want about his judgement, but he was receiving advice at the time.” There is no suggestion that any of the parties acted unlawfully in the course of the land transaction. Hallam Land Management was unable to comment as we went to press.

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  • SCOTLAND'S MASONIC LEGAL MAFIA STEALING MORE PROPERTIES
    A BANKRUPT businessman spent the night on his roof as he staged a 22-hour protest in a last-ditch bid to stop his £1million home being repossessed.

    Desperate Ronald Hannah climbed out through a skylight on Tuesday afternoon when sheriff officers arrived to evict him. The 53-year-old then wedged himself against a chimney stack while police negotiators raced to the scene in Pollokshields, Glasgow. Defiant Ronald stayed on the 60ft roof all night while the street was cordoned off and riot cops and paramedics were called in.

    But he ended his protest yesterday afternoon and allowed cops to fit him with a safety harness before he was helped inside. Last night Ronald's daughter Pamela, 22, said: "The sheriff officers gave us an hour to get our stuff. My dad tried to put in an appeal at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Tuesday morning but it hasn't been processed. It's a stitch-up." Pamela revealed her father has been locked in a bitter battle with the Royal Bank of Scotland over the seven-bedroom property. It's thought the dad-of-four was almost £100,000 in arrears on his £900,000 mortgage.

    Pamela, director of one of her father's property firms, said: "He's had 17 lawyers and spent £100,000 on them. He is also being chased by HMRC. My dad doesn't feel anyone's listened to him, that's why he's gone to this extreme." Pamela said he became bankrupt in 2008 and two of his firms, Strathclyde Properties Limited, and BC Property Holdings, had gone into liquidation. Yesterday his ex-wife Fiona Gibbons helped negotiators as they tried to talk him down. When the demo ended, he was checked by paramedics before being taken to the Victoria Infirmary. A spokesman for RBS refused to discuss the case because of "customer confidentiality". But he added: "Repossession is always a last resort and RBS has made a commitment not to start proceedings for six months after a customer has fallen into arrears."

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  • THREE LAWYERS SACKED IN SHERIDAN PERJURY TRIAL OVER NEWS OF THE WORLD CASE
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    SHERIDAN IS RIGHT NOT TO TRUST THE ESTABLISHMENT AND LAW SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND GOONS , MAYBE THE MOST CORRUPT ORGANISATION ON THE PLANET AND RIFE WITH MASONS AND SPECULATIVE THUGS. MANY OF OUR GROUP HAVE BEEN STITCHED UP BY THIS MOB AND HAVE LOST OUR ASSETS, HOMES AND CHILDREN DUE TO THEIR EVIL WAYS. MURDOCH'S MASONIC GOONS HAVE BEEN WORKING OVERTIME DESTROYING ONE OF THE FEW SMALLER BRITISH POLITICAL PARTIES THAT DID NOT FOLLOW THE SAME COURSE THE MASONIC RUN MAJOR PARTIES TOOK.

    TOMMY Sheridan yesterday sacked his THIRD lawyer in his fight over allegations made about his sex life.

    The former MSP axed QC Maggie Scott during his perjury trial, saying he had lost confidence in her and she "failed to follow" his instructions. His move comes after he gave Donald Findlay QC the boot before the trial at the High Court in Glasgow had even begun. And yesterday's sacking echoes back to four years ago when Sheridan, 46, axed lawyer Richard Keen and represented himself in his libel action against the News of the World after they printed claims about his sex life. He won £200,000 in damages.

    Explaining his decision to sack Miss Scott, Sheridan told the court: "There has been a loss of confidence due to a failure to follow my instructions in cross examination of Crown witnesses on key aspects of my defence. "I have withdrawn instructions from counsel and feel that I must represent myself." The ex-Scottish Socialist Party leader and his wife Gail, 46, are on trial accused of lying under oath during the 2006 libel case. They deny the charges. Sheridan added: "This is a path I must choose.

    "This is not a decision taken lightly by myself or my family, but we feel that I have no option." Sheridan said he would make a motion to recall witnesses who have already given evidence at the trial. He also asked for time to "familiarise myself with the court papers that any experienced counsel would have been given by the court". Judge Lord Bracadale agreed it was a "reasonable request".

    He adjourned the case until Thursday, when the court will only sit in the morning, to give Sheridan time to prepare. The ex-MSP said he also "retained total confidence" in his instructing lawyer Aamer Anwar. Sheridan said he will continue to be supported by Mr Anwar in the course of his defence. The ex-MSP told the judge: "I have been advised in detail by Mr Anwar of the consequences of not having counsel and the tremendous burdens I will place upon myself by choosing this path." Despite axing Miss Scott QC, Sheridan said he was "extremely grateful" to her.

    He thanked her and her team for putting in an "enormous amount of time in preparing my defence". He added: "I am very privileged to have been represented by them." The jury was not in court yesterday when Miss Scott QC - who has represented Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi - revealed she was no longer acting for Sheridan. She told Lord Bracadale: "I have to advise that this morning my instructions have been withdrawn.

    "Mr Sheridan wishes to represent himself in this case. That being so, I seek leave to withdraw." The trial started on Monday last week and has already heard from several witnesses who have told the jury that Sheridan admitted visiting a swingers' club during an executive committee meeting of the SSP in 2004. Former SSP leader Colin Fox has told the court Sheridan asked him to lie about minutes of the meeting where he allegedly confessed to visiting the club. And the jury has also seen part of a video where a man, identified by witnesses as Sheridan, admitted visiting the club in Manchester called Cupid's. Sheridan originally had the services of Donald Findlay QC in the run-up to the perjury trial before he hired Miss Scott QC. He parted company with Mr Findlay in September last year but gave no reason for the move.

    The ex-MSP had hired former Rangers vice-chairman Mr Findlay - one of Scotland's most successful defence lawyers - in 2007. Lord Bracadale yesterday informed jurors Sheridan would mount his own defence. He told them: "I thank you for your patience. You will see Miss Scott and her junior counsel are no longer here. "Mr Sheridan has instructed his solicitor to withdraw counsel instructions. Mr Sheridan will now conduct his own defence. "An accused person is perfectly entitled to do so."

    Lord Bracadale, right, also confirmed to the jury Sheridan would continue to be supported by Mr Anwar in the course of his defence. He said: "He will continue to have the support of his solicitor. He has asked for time to prepare his own defence. This is a reasonable request." The indictment against the Sheridans contains a total of three charges.

    It is alleged Sheridan made false statements as a witness in the defamation action on July 21, 2006. He also denies a charge of attempting to persuade Colin Fox to commit perjury shortly before the case got under way at the Court of Session. Gail Sheridan - who is being represented by Paul McBride QC - denies making false statements on July 31, 2006, as a witness in the civil jury trial. The Sheridans left court hand in hand, accompanied by Mr Anwar, about half an hour after the jury was told of his decision. No evidence was heard yesterday. Trial continues.

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  • FORMER MSP told yesterday how her mother had "adored" Tommy Sheridan
  • ONE CORRUPT LEGAL MOB MAY MERGE WITH ANOTHER CORRUPT LOT
    slab Our group have been behind the evidence that brought about the SLCC the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission that have turned out to be every bit as bad as the Law Society of Scotland . Now the other corrupt mob the Scottish Legal Aid Board may merge with the SLCC in more cynical moves to suggest efforts are being made to get Scots justice.

    Breaking News - Exclusive: SLAB on the slab as Law Society committee proposes merger with SLCC

    The Law Society's Access to Justice Committee has proposed a radical overhaul of the legal aid system, with the merger of the Legal Aid Board with the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission at the heart of it. The committee are proposing that the annual £12.7 million SLAB administrative bill could be streamlined " to protect front line public services". "We can either sit back and wait for front-line legal services for vulnerable people to be cut, or we can seize the initiative and identify innovative solutions," said committee convener Mike Dailly. "The Access to Justice Committee believes some of the functions of SLAB could be merged with the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (which is paid for by solicitors) to form a new, cost effective ‘Scottish Legal Services Commission’. Many administrative functions could be delegated to legal practitioners, using a GP-type model, with a new role for Audit Scotland to safeguard compliance.

    "We’ll be producing detailed re-modelling, but are confident a new ‘one-stop-shop’ which handled all legal complaints, payments, and strategic planning could save the taxpayer up to £40m over the next five years, with further savings over the longer term. Such savings would avoid the need to cut access to vital front line legal services for the Scottish public. The Access to Justice Committee believes a radical process of reorganisation and simplification should form part of an early Access to Justice or Legal Aid Bill after the Scottish Parliamentary elections in May 2011". In a statement, the committee said the forthcoming public sector cuts need not threaten access to justice in Scotland if the administration of legal aid was reorganised and rationalised in line with other 21st century public service delivery models.

    The committee also said a new merged Scottish Legal Services Commission could be located in modern premises with lower maintenance costs outwith Edinburgh, such as in for example, West Lothian or Lanarkshire.

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  • RADICAL FEMINIST AND WOMEN'S AID PLANT BEHIND DOWNFALL OF TOMMY SHERIDAN
    carolyn leckie WE WARNED SHERIDAN YEARS AGO THAT RADICAL FEMINISTS LIKE LECKIE WERE TAKING OVER THE SCOTTISH SOCIALIST PARTY AND DESTROYING IT FROM WITHIN. BUT HE DIDN'T HEED THE WARNING AND HIS PARTY IMPLODED.

    A former MSP yesterday claimed it was “absolutely disgusting” that Tommy Sheridan was making his wife Gail sit through a perjury trial at the High Court in Glasgow. Mrs Sheridan appeared to laugh in the dock, shake her head and cover her face with her hands following the statement from Carolyn Leckie, who was called to give evidence in the case against the couple. They are accused of lying under oath during a successful defamation case against the publishers of the News of the World, which printed allegations that Tommy Sheridan visited a swingers’ club and took part in extra-marital sex. They deny the allegations.

    Yesterday, the court was shown extended footage of a secretly filmed video in which a man identified by Ms Leckie as Tommy Sheridan is seen to admit being at a place called Cupid’s, earlier described to the court as a swingers’ club, with two women, Anvar Khan and Katrine Trolle. Ms Leckie, 45, a worker at Glasgow Women’s Aid who was elected as a Scottish Socialist Party MSP in 2003, told the jury about Mr Sheridan’s alleged admission to party colleagues that he visited a sex club on two occasions and that he wanted to fight the tabloid’s allegations about his private life in court. Ms Leckie said: “We wanted him to own up or say nothing and it would be over and done with. We wouldn’t have this whole sorry circus we have today if he had taken our advice.”

    She continued: “We had taken the decision that Tommy should stand down. We thought it was proper in terms of his declared intention to deny he had been at a sex club with Anvar Khan.” Later, she added: “I think it is absolutely disgusting that Tommy is making Gail sit through this.” Ms Leckie was asked by Advocate depute Alex Prentice QC if she was part of any “political cabal” designed to oust Tommy Sheridan, who was convener of the SSP at the time of the newspaper allegations. The witness replied: “No, not at all, it is a conspiracy theory. It is a fiction of Tommy.”

    Ms Leckie was asked to watch video footage, apparently filmed on a hidden camera. The former MSP identified the two men speaking in the video as Tommy Sheridan and George McNeilage, the accused’s best man at his wedding to Gail. The man identified as Sheridan is seen talking of a man called Duncan who “goes to the News of the World and fires in Katrine Trolle’s name”. Ms Trolle is then described on the tape as “the lassie from Dundee” by the same voice.

    The man identified as George McNeilage is seen saying: “Her that was in Cupid’s with f****** you and f****** Anvar Khan.” The man identified as Sheridan is seen to reply: “Absolutely … absolutely he goes and fires it.” He continued: “Katrine is solid. She’ll never admit it. George, she’s not impressed with money. “She’s a f****** diamond and she will never admit anything like that, not a f****** problem, what pisses me off is a comrade goes and sticks in another comrade to the News of the World.”

    The video footage was released to the News of the World after Sheridan won the defamation case in August 2006. Ms Leckie had given evidence at his civil action against the newspaper, the court was told. The jury also heard the man identified as Tommy Sheridan talking about “going to Manchester in 2002” in the film. “Done it once before in 1996, went back in 2002. Cheap thrill, but it’s been done,” the voice continued. He then goes on to speak of his resignation from the Scottish Socialist Party. Sheridan had been asked to resign by party colleagues following the newspaper allegations. Family reasons were later given as the cause of his departure. His wife was pregnant with their child at the time, the jury earlier heard. The man identified as Tommy Sheridan said in the video footage: “I’ve put a positive f****** spin on it and that’s also a big mistake, right, because what has happened George is I’ve done too well… I’ve put a very good spin on it. I’ve come out fighting with it and it was a believable story.

    “Thursday morning I go in and I f****** give it full barrels, all sorts of wee questions about my personal life ... bang, bang, bang. I’ve dealt with it George. I’ve f****** dealt with it now and now I’m free.” Ms Leckie said she watched the clip with Mr McNeilage and another member of the SSP “months” after the verdict of the civil case. Under cross-examination by Maggie Scott QC, acting for Mr Sheridan, the witness said she had been “relieved” to see it. “By that time, I had been called a scab, a liar and a perjurer,” Ms Leckie said. “My character had been completely assassinated. “At least there was some truth being told. If I am being completely honest, I was relieved, there was truth being told.”

    Ms Scott asked the witness: “If I was to say that it is not Tommy Sheridan, you would say it was?” Ms Leckie replied: “It sounded like Tommy Sheridan.” Ms Scott put to the witness: “You wanted it to be Mr Sheridan.” Ms Leckie said: “I was glad that, given the terrible press, that there was something that concurred with our version of events. Tommy Sheridan did not take responsibility and here we are today.”

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  • 'MASONIC MAFIA' CASTLE EVICTION POSTPONED AS OWNER LODGES LEGAL CHALLENGE
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    THE SPECULATIVE SOCIETY (HIGH LEVEL MASONS) WHO RUN SCOTLAND'S LEGAL MAFIA USING EVERY TRICK IN THE BOOK TO STEAL PROPERTY INCLUDING A CASTLE FOR A BILL OF ONLY £230

    A woman being evicted from her castle over a disputed bill of £230 has won a stay of execution. Marian Van Overwaele was scheduled to be thrown out of her £3 million baronial mansion Knockderry Castle on the banks of Loch Long yesterday. As revealed by The Herald last month, the Belgian pensioner was ordered out of the property on the Rosneath Peninsula after her original dispute with factors Hacking and Paterson mushroomed in to a decade-long series of legal cases, including her own bankruptcy, with court and other costs of nearly £1m. She was eventually told to pay £160,000 by yesterday or lose her home.

    However, Mrs Van Overwaele’s eviction was postponed yesterday as she made a bid to ask the UK Supreme Court to rule on the merits of the original £230 bill. She said: “We believe that the notice to eject us from our home was illegal and improper while we are appealing. This whole case is a fraud.” Mrs Van Overwaele yesterday sought an interdict against her eviction at the Court of Session.

    The man she was taking to court was Cameron King Russell, the accountant appointed as trustee of her assets after she was sequestered – the Scottish term for personal bankruptcy – in 2000. Judges did not need to hear her case. Lawyers acting for Mr Russell gave an undertaking that there would be no eviction. Mr Russell was yesterday on holiday, but a spokesman for insolvency practitioners French Duncan, which was acting on his behalf, said: “As a result of an appeal by Mrs Van Overwaele to the Supreme Court, any further action by the Permanent Trustee has been postponed pending clarification on the appeal.”

    Almost all the details of Mrs Van Overwaele’s case are disputed by several different parties, including Mr Russell and Hacking and Paterson. Seasoned court watchers, however, say they are shocked that such a trivial initial case should have blown up into one of the most bizarre of recent years. Mr Russell claims he is still in control of the castle, which was subject to Mrs Van Overwaele’s sequestration. Mrs Van Overwaele claims to have subsequently sold the property to her brother, George Amil, for £1m which is disputed by Mr Russell.

    Knockderry Castle was effectively besieged last month when sheriff officers, watched by police and paramedics, smashed their way into the property and ejected Mrs Van Overwaele along with Mr Amil, his wife and baby son. The family, however, were allowed to return to the property later on the same day after being given a 14-day reprieve to pay £160,000. Sheriff officers and police again gathered around the castle at 10am yesterday, just as Mrs Van Overwaele sought her interdict in Edinburgh. The latest siege was lifted after lawyers acting for Mr Russell and French Duncan agreed to postpone the eviction.

    Despite winning a further reprieve, Mrs Van Overwaele was last night in no mood for celebration. As Mr Amil drove her home in his ageing Mercedes Benz from the Court of Session he was caught at a well-known speed trap on the A82 in Dumbarton. Officers told him his tyres were bald and the car was not roadworthy and that he could not drive it.

    Mrs Van Overwaele – who passionately believes that she has been victimised by the Scottish legal profession because she is foreign – said: “They were waiting for us. That is the feeling that we had.” The pensioner has asked police to investigate her case. The Herald, however, understands that officers regard the matter as one strictly for the civil courts.

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  • CASTLE SIEGE MORE HERE
  • SPECULATIVE SOCIETY MORE HERE
  • HOW UK ELITE AND MEDIA WRECK ANY POLITICAL PARTY CHALLENGING STATUS QUO
    Sheridan is one of the few to get a jury trial in Scotland and because Sheridan BEAT THEM he is now being tried for perjury. Jury trials are a rarity in civil actions and corrupt judges and lawyers turn civil into criminal when they are BEATEN by their own system. The trial, before judge Lord Bracadale, is due to last between two and three months and is expected to become the longest perjury case in Scottish legal history

    Tommy Sheridan 'spoke of swingers club', court is told

    Tommy Sheridan admitted to political colleagues that he had twice visited a swingers club, a court has heard. Barbara Jane Scott told the High Court in Glasgow she was taking notes at a Scottish Socialist Party meeting when the former MSP made his comments. Mr Sheridan and his wife Gail, both 46, are on trial accused of perjury.

    The couple are accused of lying in court to help Mr Sheridan successfully sue the News of the World in 2006. They deny the charges. Mr Sheridan won £200,000 in damages after the newspaper printed allegations about his private life, claiming that he was an adulterer who had visited a swingers club. After a police investigation, Mr and Mrs Sheridan were charged with perjury.

    In the first day of the new trial, Ms Scott, 40, told the court that the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) called an emergency meeting of its executive committee after the newspaper article appeared. The meeting took place on 9 November 2004 at the SSP headquarters in Stanley Street, Glasgow.

    'Character flaw'

    Advocate Depute Alex Prentice QC, prosecuting, asked her the purpose of the meeting. Ms Scott replied: "It was to discuss what was to happen about the fact there had been a newspaper story in the News of the World the previous weekend." She told the court that she remembered Mr Sheridan was the first to speak at the meeting.

    Ms Scott said Mr Sheridan talked about the story in the News of the World about an unnamed married MSP who had gone to a swingers club in Manchester. She said Mr Sheridan admitted it was him but that it had not been on the dates they said in the paper. Ms Scott added that Mr Sheridan said "it was two different dates, and it was a flaw in his character, it was a weakness that he had, but it had only been those two times".

    She was then shown an A4 notebook, which she said contained the notes she had made at the meeting. Court documents The trial could become the longest perjury case in Scottish legal history As well as herself, there were 20 members of the executive committee at the meeting, including Alan McCombes and Keith Baldassara.

    Ms Scott read from notes she made at the meeting of what Mr Sheridan said. She read out: "Two visits 1996, 2002, mistake, reckless etc. Publication of book by someone, two other MSPs named. For two weeks someone been trying to sell story to newspapers. "Keith Baldassara and Alan McCombes last Monday. Asked for opportunity to fight this on own. Confident no proof of participation."

    Ms Scott told the court that by this he meant there were no photos. She read on: "Don't think should have to be hostage to fortune, don't deserve sympathy but do deserve opportunity to fight it. "Some people may feel loss of confidence. It's for comrades to decide. If by February don't have confidence, will stand down."

    'False statements'

    It is alleged that Mr Sheridan made false statements as a witness in his defamation action against the News of the World on 21 July 2006. He also denies another charge of attempting to persuade a witness to commit perjury shortly before the 23-day legal action got under way.

    Mrs Sheridan denies making false statements on 31 July 2006, after being sworn in as a witness in the civil jury trial at the Court of Session in Edinburgh. The trial, before judge Lord Bracadale, is due to last between two and three months and is expected to become the longest perjury case in Scottish legal history.

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  • MASONIC CABAL BEHIND THEFT OF SCOTTISH CASTLE
    THIS IS GOING ON DAILY IN SCOTLAND, A BUNCH OF CROOKED MASONIC JUDGES, LAWYERS, COPS AND SHERIFF OFFICERS USING THE LAW AND COURTS TO STEAL SCOTTISH VICTIMS ASSETS. THE HIGHLAND CLEARANCES REPEATED UNDER THE GUISE OF SCOTTISH LAW , A CORRUPT CROWN AND ALL ITS HENCHMEN IMPLICATED IN A MULTI BILLION POUND PROPERTY SCAM.



  • MASONIC CABAL BEHIND SIEGE OF SCOTTISH CASTLE(IMAGES)
  • MASONIC COPS, JUDGES, LAWYERS AND SHERIFF OFFICERS CONTINUE THEFT OF PROPERTY
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    THE CROWN THIEVES: ONLY ONE EXAMPLE OF THE MASONIC CROOKS RUNNING A CORRUPT LEGAL SYSTEM FOR THEIR OWN FINANCIAL ENRICHMENT. WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS CASE THAT HAS BEEN RUNNING FOR YEARS IN A MONSTROUS CAMPAIGN OF HARASSMENT AND PERSECUTION.

    There has been a castle at Knockderry since Viking times. But never a siege like this.

    Inside the £3 million Victorian mansion are Marian van Overwaele and her family. Outside are police and sheriff officers trying to evict them. Why? Because 13 years ago Mrs Van Overwaele failed to pay a bill of £230 from a firm of factors – and sparked a legal battle that has cost her, her family and her opponents nearly £1m. The 60-something Belgian, of Lebanese descent, has been holed up in her castle on the banks of Loch Long in Argyll for 35 years. But for a decade she has been fighting – and losing – one of the most bizarre bankruptcy cases in recent Scottish legal history. Mrs Van Overwaele, her brother George Amil and his wife and baby son have been thrown out of Knockderry Castle after failing to pay debts understood to be well in to six figures, most of which stem from legal costs and expenses from their original row over the £230 bill.

    I have never had a case that is so antagonistic or that has lasted so long, accountant

    The family claims to have spent between £500,000 and £700,000 fighting their cause through court after court, including a failed bid to have Mrs Van Overwaele’s sequestration – the proper Scottish term for personal bankruptcy – overturned in the House of Lords. “We are the victims of discrimination by the courts because we are foreign,” a distraught Mrs Van Overwaele told The Herald as police, ambulance crews and lawyers surrounded her increasingly shabby home. “We are being robbed.” That is not how the legal establishment sees this issue. Mrs Van Overwaele was last in court in December, at the Court of Session, in Edinburgh, trying to stop the seizure of her home and other assets from her estate. Judge Lady Dorrian ruled that her pleadings were “hopelessly irrelevant”.

    In fact, her home and other assets have been legally controlled by a court-appointed trustee, accountant Cameron Russell, since 2000. That was when Mrs Van Overwaele was sequestered for failing to pay the £230 bill and associated costs and expenses that arose from it. Mr Russell had Mrs Overwaele and her family evicted on Tuesday, when sheriff officers smashed through a window to get into the castle, but then decided to give them a two-week reprieve after they promised to come up with the money. The family are now back in the castle. “I have never had a case that is so antagonistic or that has lasted so long,” the accountant said yesterday. “The debtor in this case has refused to co-operate with the trustee. It could have been an awful lot easier.” Sources familiar with the case stress that Mrs Van Overwaele’s assets, in theory at least, far outweigh her liabilities. “She could have settled when she got the original bill – or at any time since,” one accountancy insider said.

    Mrs Overwaele, however, disputes the factor fee, which was for a bridalwear business in Helensburgh. Her castle, although in poor repair, is worth a fortune. Knockderry is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Victorian mansion architecture in Scotland. Built by Alexander “Greek” Thomson and once owned by the Templetons, owners of the famous Glasgow carpet factory, it has served as a hospital for the Free French forces during the war and was visited by General Charles de Gaulle. Its seven-acre grounds also include an ancient Viking fortress. Mrs Van Overwaele, who has recently represented herself in court, but has previously gone through a succession of different lawyers, was yesterday inconsolable. “They are criminals,” she said of police, sheriff officers and Mr Russell, “and they are trying to steal our home.”

    sheriff officers Case History

    Just some of the legal milestones of the Overwaele case:

    1997 Dumbarton Sheriff Court orders Mrs Van Overwaele to pay a bill for £230 to factors Hacking and Paterson.

    1998 Mrs Van Overwaele fails to pay the debt, despite the court decree, and is served with a court demand for £1573, the original bill plus interest, expenses, and costs.

    January 2000 Mrs Van Overwaele is sequestrated for failing to pay the £1573.

    April 2001 A sheriff refuses an appeal, even though Mrs Van Overwaele paid £1800 towards the debt, saying the money arrived too late. By this time debts, mostly expenses, had reached £30,000.

    October 2002 House of Lords dismisses Mrs Van Overwaele’s appeal against the sequestration.

    April 2004 Another motion to overturn the sequestration is dismissed at the Court of Session amid claims by those acting for creditors that Mrs Overwaele was “simply seeking to indulge in delaying tactics”.

    December 2009 Attempt to stop the sale of the castle and other assets fails at the Court of Session with Mrs Van Overwaele’s pleadings branded “hopelessly irrelevant” by one of the country’s most senior judges.

    January 2010 Mrs Van Overwaele sells Knockderry Castle to her brother George Amil for £1 million, although the validity of this sale is disputed.

    September 2010 Sheriff officers, acting on a court order, evict Mrs Van Overwaele and Mr Amil and his family. They are later allowed to return to their home after being given a 14-day reprieve.

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  • THE LEGAL MAFIA BICKER OVER PECKING ORDER
    scotjudges These are the numpties running Scottish courts no wonder they are in a bloody mess.

    Sheriffs in Edinburgh have lost their battle to rejig the pecking order of a traditional procession which signifies the new legal term. The row over legal protocol of the annual Kirking of the Judges saw sheriffs boycott Tuesday's ceremony. Each year, judges, sheriffs, and advocates make their way from the Supreme Court to St Giles Cathedral.

    Traditionally advocates follow judges in the walk, but this year sheriffs wanted to move up the rank. They attend the service to be blessed for the new legal session. This year the Lord President ruled the status quo should be retained prompting the sheriffs boycott. The Judicial Office for Scotland's spokeswoman declined to comment.

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  • GLASGOW SOCIAL WORK CHILD SNATCHERS NEVER TO BE RETURNED
    glasgow socialwork The Grief of a couple that had their Family life ruined by Glasgow Social Services.

    Tony and Margaret McMichael of Glasgow, had their baby son Alexander snatched by Glasgow social services when he was just 3 weeks old. They were told it was for future concerns. The McMichaels never saw him again and were never told where he was taken or what would happen to him. They were completely ignored. The Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg voted that Glasgow social services were wrong in snatching Alexander but he has never been returned. Payments of £2000 rising to £8000 were offered for the abduction of their child? Only recently Tony and Margaret hired a private detective who was successful in finding where Alexander was and they were desperate to see and know more about their son.

    Margaret McMichael met Jimmy and Margaret Deuchars from Grandparents Apart UK in George Square when they were doing a snap demo. Jimmy said “We were appalled at this injustice to this very sedate couple and pledged to help them all we could” an arrangement was made to take them to where their son was living on Friday 10/9/2010. Tony and Margaret knocked on the door and asked politely to see their son. They received a very cold reply of “he is my son” and the door was slammed in their face. A further blow was dealt about to Tony and Margaret about Alexander. He is classed as a non-responsible person. This is the first Tony and Margaret knew there was any kind of problem, it had been hidden from them all that time and they were beside themselves with grief.

    The police were called. We waited until they had finished with the carers of Alexander then they spoke to us in our car. The two policemen could not have been nicer, they explained the law to us and we promptly moved off to take the case up with Glasgow social services once again. Letter Tony and Margaret wanted to hand their son today

    Dear son Alexander,

    We would have tried to contact you earlier had we known where you were. We have only recently found out you are here. We are your real parents we love you very much. You were a planned and very much wanted baby and we miss you very much and desperately want to meet you. It has been agony not seeing you and not having any contact with you since you were kidnapped as a baby.

    We did not sign you into adoption. We lost you because the Courts acted wrongfully and we were denied a fair hearing in the Scottish Courts. It was the happiest day of our lives the day you were born. You are welcome in our house always. You could make us very happy if you agreed to meet us. I think you would enjoy the meeting and like the presents we bought for you and a meeting would give you the chance to learn about your background and we will try to answer all the questions you have to ask us about ourselves and your self the brief time we had known you as a baby. I am sure you must have grown into a handsome young man.

    Head of Glasgow Social Services has not responded to our plea for justice.

    Jimmy Deuchars

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  • PANIC BUTTONS FOR SCOTTISH JUSTICE MINISTER KENNY MacASKILL IN HIS OFFICE
    kenny macaskill THIS IS A JOKE JUST LIKE LAWYER MACASKILL

    Panic buttons for Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill after assault in constituency office

    The minister in charge of cutting crime has been forced to install panic buttons in his own constituency office because he and his staff no longer feel safe there. Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has beefed up security after a member of staff was assaulted and there were two attempted thefts. Parliament bosses agreed to pay the £2200 cost of installing the alarms, and will meet further running costs of £550 a year. The office, however, which MacAskill says is insecure is rented from the SNP. The Edinburgh East & Musselburgh MSP charges taxpayers £6700 a year to rent the site on Willowbrae Road, just over a mile from the Parliament. A report to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) three weeks ago reveals MacAskill had a police audit carried out at the office, which recommended greater security, and Lothian & Borders Police installed CCTV cameras outside. But MacAskill wanted more measures taken.

    “As a result of recent incidents within his office Mr MacAskill is looking to improve the security for the protection of his employees and himself,” the report said. “He has also advised that his office manager has on two occasions required to call the police for assistance in dealing with constituents and has been assaulted while in the office. There have also been two theft attempts.” MSPs on the Corporate Body agreed to use public cash to pay the “exceptional expenses” of installing panic buttons as the issue had “health and safety implications for Mr MacAskill and his office staff”.

    In 2008, the Labour MP Harriet Harman was criticised for giving the impression her own South London constituency was crime-ridden by visiting part of it in body armour. Harman later said she had worn a stab-proof vest as “a courtesy” while going on patrol with police in her Camberwell and Peckham seat. She was criticised for implying the area was dangerous for women, and Tory mayor Boris Johnson highlighted other Londoners didn’t have “the luxury of personal police protection or stab-proof jackets”.

    MSP Richard Baker, Labour’s justice spokesman at Holyrood, said MacAskill was luckier than many of his constituents. “MPs and MSPs have to take reasonable precautions for the safety of themselves and their staff. These measures may well be justified, but the bigger issue for Kenny MacAskill is that members of the public put at risk by his ‘soft touch’ justice policies don’t have the same option to install panic buttons at taxpayers’ expense.” A Conservative spokesman added: “At the end of the day it’s a sad reality that we still live in a country where there is too much crime and these measures are necessary.”

    A spokesman for MacAskill said: “A review was carried out by the police, and they recommended installing basic security measures in Mr MacAskill’s constituency office, which previously had none. “As well as Mr MacAskill conducting constituency business in the office, staff are based there all the time, and there is a duty of care to employees. Clearance had to be obtained from the Parliament’s Corporate Body, and approval was given.”

    The same SPCB meeting also turned down a claim from Scotland’s two Green MSPs for an extra £10,000 for holiday cover, creche places and food and travel expenses for volunteers. The Greens were also refused £3850 to pay for two news services – it would cost just £14,000 to supply one service to all 129 MSPs.

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  • MAN WHO SENT 82 COMPLAINTS IN 17 YEARS ABOUT COPS GETS FINAL BRUSH OFF
    STRATHCLYDE POLICE ARE NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF MASONIC THUGS WHO MANY IN OUR GROUP HAD FAILED TO GET PROTECTION WHILE THEY AIDED BAILIFF'S STEALING OUR HOMES. MEANWHILE THEY ALSO AID AND ABET CROOKED LAWYERS AND JUDGES WHO THIEVE ASSETS, BUSINESS'S AND PROPERTY USING DODGY AND ILLEGAL CIVIL COURT ACTIONS . WE ALL FACED SIMILAR THREATS AND INTIMIDATION LIKE THIS GUY AND GOT NO RECOMPENSE FOR THEIR ONGOING TYRANNY.

    A ONE-MAN campaign against Scotland's largest police force, stretching back more than 17 years and including 82 letters of complaint and several failed legal bids, has finally been brought to an end.

    The Police Complaints Commissioner (PCC) for Scotland, an independent watchdog, has taken the unusual step of instructing the Strathclyde force to disregard any new complaints from Eddie Cairns. Mr Cairns, 59, was a management accountant at Scottish Enterprise when he made allegations of fraud against co-workers in 1993. Strathclyde Police investigated and handed a report to the procurator fiscal's office, which found insufficient evidence to bring a case to court. However, Mr Cairns refused to let it drop and accused the force of failing to investigate properly.

    In the years the followed, he made a total of 12 complaints against the force, including that officers intimidated him, that he was asked to leave a police station, that officers came to his house unannounced, and that they falsely accused him of putting staff at a supermarket in a state of fear and alarm. An investigation by complaints commissioner John McNeil has found in favour of Strathclyde Police. His only criticism of the force was that it failed to respond to a complaint that a detective sergeant refused to spell his name to Mr Cairns. He also said that, because of the "substantial amount of resources" police had spent dealing with him, they should no longer consider or respond to his complaints. Mr McNeil said: "I did not make this recommendation lightly. As a former human rights commissioner, I am, perhaps more than most, an ardent supporter of protecting the rights of individuals. However, it was time to draw a line.

    "Substantial resources had been directed towards trying to understand and resolve the various complaints over an extended period of time. "Everyone has the right to have a complaint considered, but I am also mindful that there will be occasions where resolution will not be possible, no matter how long the correspondence continues. This was one such occasion."

    Mr Cairns responded in an open letter on his blog, "My experiences of Scottish justice especially in relation to fraud in Scottish Enterprise". He wrote: "Your report contains significant falsehoods, evidence of unfair treatment and misleading statements in breach of my rights under the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Data Protection Act 1998.

    POLICE ACCUSED

    Eddie Cairns' complaints against Strathclyde Police:

    • They did not conduct an independent investigation.
    • An officer from another force should have investigated allegations against Strathclyde.
    • Police colluded with his former employer by staying silent about false statements.
    • Police officers would not accept his complaints.
    • Police intimidated him.
    • He was asked to leave a police station.
    • Police did not investigate an allegation of assault.
    • He was falsely accused of putting supermarket staff in a state of fear.
    • Police attended his home unannounced.
    • Police documents contain defamatory statements.
    • Police took ten months to respond to letters.
    • The letters contained lies.
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  • THIS IS THE UTTER NONSENSE THAT GLASGOW'S MASONIC THUG COPS GET UP TO ALL THE TIME. A MASSIVE SHOW OF STRENGTH IF THERE IS THE SLIGHTEST WHIFF OF ANY SORT OF WEAPON OR A BANK IS BEING ROBBED , OR A FATHER IS INVOLVED IN CUSTODY AND DIVORCE BATTLES. ALSO WHEN BAILIFF'S COME AND ILLEGALLY STEAL YOUR HOUSE.

    HOWEVER THE EXACT OPPOSITE IS THE CASE IF YOUR LIFE IS BEING MADE A MISERY BY WEE NEDS, A PENSIONER IS BEING ROBBED OR GLASGOW'S CROOKED LEGAL MAFIA ARE STEALING MILLIONS IN LAND AND PROPERTY THROUGH DODGY LEGAL MOVES IN SECRET COURTS.
    JEWISH SCOTLAND
    jewish scotland The book 'When Scotland Was Jewish' argues that much of Scotland's history and culture from 1100 forward is Jewish because much of the population, including several national heroes, villains, rulers, nobles, traders, merchants, bishops, guild members, burgesses, and ministers, were Jews from France and Spain. In March 1994, a top social function, the annual dinner of the Institute of Petroleum, took place in Glasgow. (Herald Scotland.)

    Lord Goold, a Jew who was once boss of the Scottish Conservative Party, was among ten lords attending the gathering. Giving the toast to the institute was Joseph Alpher, head of strategic studies in Tel Aviv University, and a former employee of Mossad.

    Mossad has some influence in Scotland.

    According to Gordon Thomas’s 1999 edition of Gideon’s Spies, Mossad played a key role in the G8 Summit in Scotland. Christopher Lockwood, 'a Scot born in Glasgow', is suspected of having been part of the Mossad hit squad who murdered the Hamas leader, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel room. (Glasgow man hunted by Interpol in Mossad murder probe.) Jim Murphy, former Secretary of State for Scotland, is a key member of Labour Friends of Israel and he has 'ingratiated himself' with the large Jewish community in his constituency in Glasgow. Another member of Labour Friends of Israel is former Labour government minister Denis MacShane, who sounds Scottish, but whose Jewish father was actually Jan Matyjaszek.

    Reportedly it was Mossad which arranged for the CIA to fly heroin out of Lebanon on PanAm flights. And this led to PanAm 103 coming down over Lockerbie in Scotland. (BBC News WORLD Lockerbie: Conspiracy theories) Gordon Thomas quotes a Mossad source as saying, "Within hours after the (Pan Am 103) crash Mossad’s LAP (psychological warfare or disinformation) staff were working their media contacts, urging them to blame and publicize that ‘Libya-did-it.’" (Taking Another Look at the Destruction of Pan Am 103 -Voltaire])

    In 2007, a Scot called Mohammed Atif Siddique was found guilty of 'looking for answers on the internet'. Part of the evidence against Atif was that he downloaded material from an Israeli website run by DR Reuven Paz, 'formerly of Mossad'. (Cached)

    Glasgow has seven synagogues.

    Some famous 'Scottish' people with Jewish origins (wikipedia…):

    Muriel Gray

    Simon Cowell

    Malcolm Rifkind

    Stefan King, Nightclub owner and developer

    Hannah Primrose, Countess of Rosebery, a Rothschild

    Hazel Cosgrove, Lady Cosgrove, first female Court of Session judge

    Stefan King (www.propertyweek.com/story.asp?storycode=3097718)

    Who is Stefan King?

    And what link might he have had to the formerly disappeared gay Glasgow politician Steven Purcell? Stefan King is an owner of gay pubs and clubs in Glasgow. He has a Jewish mother.

    He is worth at least £30 million. (The man who would be King - The Scotsman) King set up Club X, a gay venue, on Glasgow's Royal Exchange Square. He then opened Delmonicas, a gay bar on the edge of Glasgow's Merchant City.

    Glasgow's Merchant City was "an area King would make his own, creating a stylish new gay quarter in the heart of town." When King added Cafe Latte and the Polo lounge to his empire, he "had the gay market sewn up." In 2005, Steven Purcell, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, announced that Glasgow's former General Post Office building on George Square, owned by Stefan King's G1 group, had been sold to developers. (GPO Building Sold)

    Stefan King had originally bought the building for £5 million in 1999. (King profits from sale of GPO.) He was given "at least £550,000 in refurbishment and training grants for it in 2000." He made "a large amount of money from selling advertising on it." He sold it for £12 million.

    Steven Purcell said: "I used my influence as Leader to help facilitate negotiations... "I'm delighted that Stefan King agreed..."

    Stefan King of G1 Group, said: "When Councillor Purcell approached us regarding interest shown in the building, it was at a time when we still considered No 1 to be a long term property hold. However he encouraged us to meet with the interested parties..."

    Reportedly, Sergey Serykh knew who killed Alexander Litvinenko, whose name has been linked to the Russian-Israeli mafia. The dead Alexander Litvinenko has been linked to the dead Sergey Serykh, whose body was found at the foot of a tower block in Glasgow, on 7 March 2010.

    Ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko may have had links to the Russian-Israeli Mafia and to the smuggling of radioactive materials. (New wrinkle in Litvinenko's death ) Litvinenko and exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky may have been working for the British security services. (Litvinenko suspect: MI5 'tried to recruit me') "The role of Boris Berezovsky in the Beslan massacre has never been made clear - but there is a growing belief that Litvinenko's silence was sought by people other than Putin..." (Matrioshka - The Russian enigma._)

    Berezovsky reportedly poured millions into the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine. (scotsman.2374152005) Russian politician Mr Zhirinovsky has said "he was convinced that Blair was personally interested in keeping Berezovsky on British soil, claiming that the Blairs were receiving financial support from 'criminal elements'. "Cherie Blair, Zhirinovsky continued, works in a law firm 'which is servicing our Russian thugs, Berezovsky included.' Those are dozens of 'extremists' including Berezovsky and Akhmed Zakayev, as well as 'nearly all of the Yukos top executives', he added." (www.mosnews.com/2006/03/22/l)

    Sergey Serykh was found dead at the foot of a tower block in Glasgow. According to Vitali Alexandrovich, Sergey Serykh's landlord in London, Sergey "said that since he defected from the Ukrainian secret services they were trying to assassinate him. "He said he knew who had killed Alexander Litvinenko (the Russian dissident poisoned in London in 2006)." (Daughter of asylum-seeker.) Sergey's step-daughter Karina lives in Moscow.

    Asked about Sergey's spy plot claims, she said: 'I don't want to talk about this. "Some of it is true." She did not deny any of Sergey's claims. (Daughter of asylum-seeker.)

    Sergey had said that Russia's security services would also try to kill him and his family if they returned to his native Ukraine. The Mail on Sunday (Daughter of asylum-seeker.) has discovered that when Sergey arrived in Britain in 2007 he was well off. He was born in Zaporozhe in the Ukraine.

    Apparently, he was in the Russian army from at least 1994 to 1996. He and his family moved to Canada in 2000. They were described as being vegetarian and Hindu. They ran a health business.

    In 2005, the family was given 'protected person' status. This means it was believed that, if they returned 'to their country of nationality or former habitual residence they would be subject to the possibility of torture, risk of life, or risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment'. The family was given permanent residency in Canada. Then suddenly they fled from Canada to contionental Europe and eventually to London and then Glasgow. He claimed he had uncovered a government plot, involving Stephen Harper, to assassinate the Queen.

    For 18 months Sergey and family rented a comfortable apartment in Wembley Park in London. They "never struggled to meet the £1,250 monthly rent." Vitali Alexandrovich, Serykh's landlord said: "He seemed to have plenty of money...

    "He said the Russian secret service were also after him, which is why he had fled to Canada in the first place." Sergey Serykh claimed that a deal existed between Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister, and former Russian president Vladimir Putin that meant he would be killed by Canadian security agents if he returned there. According to Wayne Madsen ("james bond" plot to down putin behind litvinenko):

    "The London offices of ISC Global, now known as RISC Management, were visited in November 2006 by Litvinenko and Russian businessmen Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun and traces of polonium-210 were discovered there. "According to the Sunday Times of London, Russian police are also investigating whether the poisoning of Litvinenko and the attempted poisoning of Globuvich are connected to the radiation poisoning death two years ago of Roman Tsepov, a former bodyguard of Putin when he was deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg. "Tsepov was involved in the Russian government's tracking of Yukos assets. Also of interest are connections to the June 2004 assassination of Forbes Russian edition editor-in-chief Paul Klebnikov, a U.S. citizen who wrote a damaging expose of Berezovsky.

    "Three Chechen contract killers were charged in Klebnikov's murder. The same Russian-Israeli mob ring is also being looked at in the investigation of the assassination of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya of Novaya Gazeta as a way to embarrass Putin... "In March 2004, British attorney Stephen Curtis, the chairman of ISC Global, died, along with his pilot, in a helicopter crash near Bournemouth Airport. The two were on their way to Dublin. The Times reported a James Bond-like secret project by ISC Global, jailed Yukos tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and Nevzlin to launch an international smear campaign to discredit Putin and other members of the Russian government... "Britain's government has been co-opted by the Russian-Israeli mobsters, much in the same way that their American colleagues, acting through neo-con proxies, ... captured control of the Bush administration."

    SERYKH TREATED WORSE THAN GOUZENKO

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  • LOW KEY MILLIONAIRE WHO IS KING OF SCOTTISH LAWYERS
    alistair dickson No matter whether it's boom or bust there is always one bunch of low lifes making a killing out of other peoples misery

    The nation may be tightening its collective belt given the perilous state of the economy but the good times are still rolling in for some.

    Edinburgh lawyer Alastair Dickson has been revealed as the second-highest legal earner in the UK, earning a hefty £1.9m this year, according to a new survey of Britain’s 100 largest law firms, . The figure is all the more remarkable when it is considered that Mr Dickson’s highly regarded firm Dickson Minto is relatively small, with a turnover of £28m, and not even one of the biggest outfits in Scotland. Mr Dickson, who founded his firm with managing partner Bruce Minto, strives to remain low-key in spite of his success. “I hate the press, I hate publicity,” he once said in an interview.

    However, the owner of the markedly discreet corporate and commercial outfit, which has offices in Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square and London’s Finsbury Square, has struggled to avoid the glare of publicity. His company has been involved in some of the biggest private equity sales and purchases of the last 20 years and the firm admitted last year to having “passed the £65 billion mark” in the value of private equity deals it has helped put together. Mr Dickson, 61, has also found himself in the tabloids as a result of a costly divorce action – and his subsequent wedding. He made a settlement with his wife worth £6m when they divorced in 2002. Josephine Dickson’s settlement included a 12-apartment Victorian villa that the couple shared in the Trinity area of Edinburgh, along with most of its contents.

    The settlement would not have made too much of a dent in Mr Dickson’s bank balance – both he and Mr Minto regularly earn more than £1m a year – but his former wife claimed he fought to hang on to a number of kitchen appliances, including their toaster. The lawyer went on to marry Belinda Robertson, the celebrated fashion designer known as The Cashmere Queen. While Mr Dickson claims to hate publicity and chooses to remain enigmatic, he has been bitten by the showbusiness bug. In 2009 he founded Ard Films and teamed up with fashion stylist Kelly Cooper Barr to produce movies.

    “Ard Films are interested in developing scripts from original screenplay, through funding, production and distribution,” said the website. “Our purpose is to exploit and develop rights in film and television.” There are several projects in pre-production. Matt Baldwin, a spokesman for Legal Business magazine, which carried out the survey, explains why Mr Dickson has become one of the highest-paid lawyers in the UK.

    “Dickson Minto are a boutique firm who provide specialist services,” he says. “Alastair Dickson’s specialist work in acquisitions and mergers allows him to charge very high fees and this is reflected in his salary earnings. He has consistently been one of the highest earners in the UK.” The salary is put into perspective when contrasted with the salary of £1m paid by UK firm Clifford Chance to their top equity partner earner. Clifford Chance’s turnover this year was £1.2bn. Yet Dickson Minto can claim to justify the huge sums paid to their top equity partner on the basis that the company has increased its turnover by 12% to £28m. Just three Scottish firms posted increases in turnover this year, with legal firms suffering from cuts in financial services and real estate sectors and a drought in Government-backed projects.

    Yet, while the combined billings of the top 100 law firms in the UK have fallen by 4% this year, ending a succession of year-on-year increases, the survey reveals that salaries paid to the top partners have gone up. “Almost two-thirds of the 100 law firms in our survey posted an increase in profits per equity partner, yet less than half of them achieved growth in revenue,” said Richard Lloyd, editor of Legal Business magazine.

    “The redundancy rounds of the past two years and cuts to discretionary spending have served equity partners well. As a result of some ruthless cost-cutting, average equity partner profits increased by 12% across the top 100.” The survey reveals that Scotland’s biggest law firm is McGrigors, with a turnover of £69m this year. London firm Slaughter and May paid out the highest legal salary in the UK, with their major equity partner picking up £2.3m.

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  • ONE IN 25 SCOTTISH LAWYERS IS A TRANSEXUAL SAYS LAW SOCIETY
    NO WONDER SCOTLAND IS IN A BLOODY MESS, WITH THE LEGAL (GAY) MAFIA MORE INTERESTED IN HOMOSEXUAL RIGHTS WHILE DESTROYING HETEROSEXUAL FATHERS.

    ONE in every 25 solicitors in Scotland is transsexual - according to figures provided by the Law Society.

    A study showed that four per cent of their 10,848 members were "currently living and working in the opposite gender assigned to them at birth". That means 432 transgendered lawyers across the country. The statistic was revealed as the Law Society of Scotland looked at the possibility of creating a new group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender - LGBT - members.

    Their study, reported in this month's edition of the online journal Scottish Legal News, showed between three and four per cent of all members consider themselves to be gay, lesbian or bisexual, while another four per cent were transsexuals. The Law Society of England and Wales have already recommended that a semi-anonymous group for gay and lesbian lawyers should be set up. Moves are now under way for a similar group to be launched north of the Border. Neil Stevenson, the Law Society of Scotland's director of representation and professional support, said a study was being carried out. He added: "Online and social networks are increasingly important in attracting new business, building professional relationships, sharing information and ideas and inspiring younger members of the profession.

    "These groups might be based on legal practice area, a common love of rugby, simple geography or a more personal commonality - from being a working mother to your sexuality. "Our role is to support all members and we can see positive benefits in any group of solicitors coming together for social and professional interaction. "Members have expressed an interest in an LGBT group or network being set up in Scotland, with support from the Law Society.

    "This is at an embryonic stage, but the society are asking for views on how we can support LGBT solicitors." He added: "We are asking if there is a need for such a group, what kind of support should be provided by the society and what the remit of the group should be. "For example, should it be simply a social grouping or should it be supported to campaign and promote?"

    Members are also being asked if the group should be limited to solicitors or open to other "professionals".

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  • PRESS COMPLAINTS COMMISSION FINDS IN FAVOUR OF THE DRUM
    The Press Complaints Commission has found in favour of The Drum after an online article about the Crown Office's failure to answer an FOI request for details of legal fees paid by Scotland's Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini was reported to the PCC by law firm Levy and McRae.

    Levy & McRae asked the PCC to adjudicate on two specific complaints; firstly that The Drum's original article had in some way suggested that legal proceedings against The Firm magazine had been initiated and then dropped by them and secondly that Levy and McRae had contacted news website UK Column on behalf of a sheriff that it did not and had never had represented. The Drum strongly denied both allegations during correspondence with the PCC and both complaints were subsequently deemed not to have breached the Editor's Code for Accuracy by the PCC. Levy and McRae had also complained that the original article had made reference to concerns within the media industry of a conflict of interest in some of the firm's dealings, but this complaint was withdrawn by them prior to adjudication by the PCC.

    A letter received by The Drum from the PCC stated: "The Commission has now considered the complaint from Peter Watson of Levy and McRae. The objections were reviewed within the context of the article as a whole, taking into consideration the requirements of the Code of Practice. "After assessment the Commission has decided that no matters have been raised which show a breach of the Code." On making its decision the PCC offered the following detailed adjudication:

    Commission's decision in the case of Watson vs The Drum

    "The article reported that the Crown Office in Scotland had declined to answer a Freedom of Information request made by the magazine in regard to "legal action" undertaken by the Lord Advocate of Scotland, Elish Angiolini. The complainant said that the article was inaccurate and misleading on two points: the claim that "legal action" pursued by the Lord Advocate, his client, had been "dropped"; and the claim that Levy & McRae had written to UK Column "threatening legal action on behalf of a Sheriff who had been named in the Hollie Greig allegations". "The Commission firstly considered the reference to "legal action" in the article. The article as a whole had referred variously to: "libel action" (in the headline); "legal action"; the Lord Advocate having "threatened to sue"; it being "unusual for a Government appointee to sue the media"; "action against The Firm"; and "action". The complainant had argued that the reference to the "action" being "dropped" suggested that formal legal proceedings had been raised, which was not the case; the magazine had pointed to the fact that the Lord Advocate had instructed the complainant to act on her behalf, had instructed Counsel and had issued legal warnings to the media for "defamatory" allegations.

    "The question for the Commission was whether readers would have been misled by these references and, in particular, the statement that the action had been "dropped". It decided that they would not. In its view, the references to "action" were broad, reflecting the magazine's interpretation of what had occurred following the publication of the original article in The Firm. It was not in dispute that the complainant himself, or Counsel, had been instructed following this. In those circumstances - in addition to the fact that the article referred to legal action being "threatened" - the Commission did not consider that the general reader would have been significantly misled. The word "dropped", in addition, did not carry an exclusively legal definition. The Commission did not consider that readers would have taken this to mean that formal legal proceedings had been raised and then not pursued. There was no breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code on this issue. "The second point for the Commission to consider was the reference to the letter sent by Levy & McRae to UK Column. The article had stated the following: "In February Levy & McRae, wrote to an English-based website - UK Column - in the name of the Lord Advocate - threatening legal action on behalf of a Sheriff who had been named in the Hollie Greig allegations."

    "The complainant had confirmed that Levy & McRae did not and had not ever acted on behalf of the Sheriff in question and complained that it was inaccurate and misleading for the magazine to have suggested otherwise. The magazine had argued that the article had not stated that Levy & McRae were acting directly for the Sheriff; rather, it had said that Levy & McRae had written to UK Column in February in the name of the Lord Advocate about the Sheriff. "In the Commission's view, this point rested on an interpretation of the letter in question, which the magazine had provided to the Commission as part of the correspondence. The letter stated that the firm acted on behalf of the Lord Advocate. This was reflected in the article, which reported that the firm had written in the name of the Lord Advocate. The letter also warned that, unless action was taken, proceedings may be raised for breach of interdict and for harassment. The Commission found that the magazine had been justified in assuming that the firm was threatening legal proceedings on behalf of the Sheriff (in some capacity) in light of the fact that the letter identified only the Sheriff - and not the Lord Advocate - as the individual who had been granted the interdict. The Commission considered that - given the content of the letter from the firm to UK Column and the manner in which the matter had been reported by the magazine - whether or not Levy & McRae acted for the Sheriff was not a significant point which would require the newspaper to publish a clarification. There was no breach of the Code."

    The Drum is continuing to try to establish exactly how much was paid by the Lord Advocate in legal fees and exactly who Levy & McRae was representing in these matters. Both approaches to the Crown Office have been rejected so far and the outcome of an appeal to the FOI Commissioner suggests that he is barred from investigating Crown Office financial matters. A further appeal has been lodged.

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  • SCOTLAND'S FORMER WEE MR.McNASTY FIRST MINISTER NOW IN HOUSE OF CROOKS(LORDS)
    lord mcclown Former First Minister Jack McConnell listens to the Queen's writ confirming his investiture as a life peer in the House of Lords

    This wee Mr. Nasty was heading the Scottish government when more of our members than at any other time were persecuted by the cops and legal mafia some of us forcibly evicted under his regime. He makes Mugabe look like an angel, his reward for propping up a corrupt crown and the myriad of twisted judges that got away with murder on his watch, he should be renamed Lord McClown. The price was a nice wee reward as a new lord inside the house of crooks.

    Cheer up Jack McConnell, you're in the Lords

    A DECADE ago as a minister, Jack McConnell declared that he wanted to open up Scotland's "elitist" quangos to ordinary people rather than the great and the good. So there must have been something quite satisfying for the Motherwell and Wishaw MSP to be invested in the biggest quango in the land – the wholly appointed House of Lords.

    Red faced and sweltering in the heat, the soon to be noble Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale of the Isle Arran in Ayrshire and Arran, yesterday entered the House of Lords to hear the Queen's writ confirming his investiture. He was perhaps pleased to hear from the clerk that as a peer he was now entitled to "privileges and immunities". Whether that made the Upper Chamber any less elitist was a matter of some debate.

    But, celebrating his humble origins, his new title was adopted from the sheep farm he grew up on as a boy which made it all the more appropriate that the doleful looking Lord Howe – once famously described in the Commons as a "dead sheep" – was sitting nearby observing events. Unusually for a new peer, Lord McConnell was initially reluctant for his official picture to be distributed to the press. With his wife Bridget and grown-up children there to see the occasion maybe he wanted to keep it as a family moment.

    But could it be, some whispered, that Lord McConnell was actually thinking back to the last time he was photographed in strange garb? That Tartan Week picture of him posing in a pinstripe kilt in New York back in 2004 provided devolved Scotland with its biggest cringe yet and has haunted the poor MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw ever since. In the end he relented, but as he strode out behind a man dressed as a coat of arms to be introduced in the Upper House, it was clear that the, at that point Mr McConnell esquire, could hardly wait to get out of his red robe and fake ermine.

    He looked a lot less comfortable than the new Liberal Democrat peer Floella Benjamin, the former presenter of children's TV programme Playschool, whose presence did lead to some speculation about what shaped window the new inductees would appear from. There was no shortage of opponents grumbling that he should not be there at all. Within a few hours of his investiture the SNP were asking how Mr McConnell could remain an MSP and serve in the House of Lords? Central Scotland MSP Christina McKelvie said it went against the spirit of the Kelly recommendations on Standards in Public Life which call for the phasing out of dual mandates by 2011.

    "Jack McConnell's constituents in Motherwell and Wishaw don't know if their MSP is coming or going," she said. She seemed to have forgotten, a Labour source noted, that until a few short weeks ago her party leader, Alex Salmond somehow managed to be an MP for Banff and Buchan, MSP for Gordon and First Minister. And Mr McConnell is not the only Lord-cum-MSP. His friend Lord George Foulkes, MSP for the Lothians, was caught on the Heathrow Express and missed the two minute ceremony.

    Speaking before he took his seat, Mr McConnell said he was looking forward to life in the Lords, adding: "Glenscorrodale is a special place for me. My roots are there and it was there that I formed my values and developed my interests and passions. "I will respect this honour and the House of Lords but it will not change me or the causes I care most about."

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  • REPOSSESSED HOUSE IN ABERDEEN AREA

    This house has been ILLEGALLY repossessed the previous EVICTED owners returned umpteen times to live in, what they believe is their home, stolen by the legal mafia in Scotland that are running riot.

    In desperation the corrupt lawyers who do this regularly, and we have our own personal experience of how they operate, Aberdein Considine used shuttering on the windows and doors to keep the illegally evicted owners from re-entering the property. This mob act for banks like the Bank of Scotland to STEAL back homes using every dirty filthy trick in the book.

    THE UTTER SCUM OF THE EARTH.
    SCOTTISH MSP CAUGHT LETCHERING SCHOOLGIRL ON OPEN MIC VIDEO
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  • MSP resigns over ogling schoolgirl

  • This is laughable as many in our group have been given a rough ride by the goons running the public petitions committee. McAveety like the rest of the thugs charged with controlling that committee is there to resist any changes proposed in petitions and regularly dismisses petitions of a serious nature and those regarding the welfare of children. He shows how interested he is by having his mind on OTHER THINGS rather than the seriousness of the petition at hand.

    The convener of the Public Petitions Committee has resigned after talking about a member of the audience in a conversation with the committee clerk, on 15 June 2010. Labour MSP Frank McAveety made comments about a woman during a gap in committee proceedings after 28 minutes, following the consideration of a new petition on Parkinson's disease.
    MSP RESIGNS OVER OGLING SCHOOLGIRL
    Frank McAveety

    OGLING MSP Frank McAveety resigned his Holyrood job in shame yesterday - after an ear-bashing from his missus for eyeing up a Parly visitor who turned out to be a schoolgirl.

    The disgraced dad-of-two stepped down from his post as convener of the Petitions Committee as well as his role as Labour's sports spokesman. We told yesterday how the 47-year-old Glasgow Shettleston MSP had been caught commenting on the girl, telling a member of staff: "There's a very attractive girl in the second row. Dark and dusky. "I'll maybe have to put a wee word out for her. She's very attractive looking, very nice, very slim. She's got that Filipino look."

    But yesterday it emerged he had been leering at an unsuspecting teenager on a work placement with Green MSP Robin Harper. And friends said his missus Anita had been left furious after seeing TV news footage of her husband drooling over the girl. A pal said: "His wife was not chuffed. In fact, she was seriously unchuffed. And I don't think the kids were too pleased to see their dad all over the TV."

    Last night a spokesman for the Green Party confirmed: "The person in question is of school age and the matter should be left at that. We are not getting into this." He added: "We will not discuss what Robin Harper's work experience assistants do during their time in Parliament." Shame-faced McAveety arrived at work early yesterday morning after a difficult evening at home. He asked for an urgent meeting with Labour leader Iain Gray and tendered his resignation. In his letter to the party chief, he said: "I came to the decision after reflecting overnight on the reports of comments I made at the Committee yesterday.

    "I would not want the incident to detract in any way from the work of the Committee and the substantial contribution I feel I have made as convener. "I am proud of the progress made during my time as convener and that it has become much more accessible to the public. "I would like to reiterate my apology for any offence which my comments may have caused." The teen intern is thought to have been watching the committee, which included Mr Harper. There is no suggestion McAveety knew the girl's age when he made the remarks about her.

    He faced an instant demand to step down by Glasgow MSP Sandra White, who branded his comments "sexist, sleazy and racist". Last night the SNP politician said: "It is even more disturbing that Labour leader Iain Gray did not act earlier considering this is a young girl Frank was talking about and Labour must have known that for some time." She added: "Frank McAveety's comments were utterly inappropriate and he has done the right thing by resigning. It's just a shame his party leader does not seem to know what that is. "Iain Gray's failure to take action or to show any leadership demonstrates his appalling lack of judgement or awareness of the serious issues raised."

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  • SINISTER TACTICS TO BLOCK SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE VIDEO
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