“He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.” Alexander Pope
Alex Salmond is accused of lying over the EU advice and now his chief civil servant, Sir Peter Housden, long critisized as to his close connections to Salmond and the SNP has appointed an old friend, Sir David Bell of Reading University, to investigate the complaint; sacking Lord Fraser of Carmylie on the grounds that he is a former Lord Advocate and therefore could not be seen as independent on matters of legal advice. Could it be that he is a Tory peer? Dame Elish Angiolini, the other member of the panel is also a former Lord Advocate but no suggestions of bias are levelled against her. Although having no obvious polital affiliation she was reappointed as Lord Advocate by the incoming SNP government in 2007. One might suggest that she may be cionsidered a safer pair of hands than Lord Fraser. Quite understandably Lord Fraser suggested that the rules on a Ministerial Code Inquiry are too narrow for this case. A view shared by the complainant, the labour MEP Catherine Stihler. The First Minister proudly states that he has survived five previous inquiries into Ministerial misconduct. Hardly something to be proud of that others have seriously considered it appropriate to raise five cases against him. We had Teflon Tony for all those years. Is the First Minister as bomb proof? Whether he is guilty of obfuscation or worse, there is little doubt that his party is becoming embarrassed by him as the resignation of ADIL BHATTI, a long time senior activist within the SNP, demonstates.