It’s hard to believe that it’s just six months since grassroots SNP members rushed to the defence of Glasgow Cathcart MSP James Dornan when it looked like the party’s woke wing had pushed him out of his seat.
The loud uproar over a crooked NEC meeting that effectively deselected Dornan – the same one that stitched up Joanna Cherry – saw him reinstated as candidate, although the decision over Cherry wasn’t reversed. But the warning shot across Dornan’s bows clearly worked, because look at the state of him now.
Ever since the summer fiasco Dornan has been the most obsequiously loyal follower of the leadership in the entire party, but today’s tweet is a new low.
Alex Salmond – already perhaps half a million pounds out of pocket from defending himself against false allegations cooked up by the SNP – has spent tens of thousands more of his own money trying to assist the Holyrood committee which is pretending to investigate the giant shambles the Scottish Government made of the whole affair.
He’s had to hire a team of expensive lawyers for months to wade through hundreds and hundreds of documents to establish what he is and isn’t allowed to talk about, under pain of prosecution by the grotesquely compromised Crown Office if he says the wrong thing. He’s been threatened with jail if he tells the truth and threatened with jail if he doesn’t tell the truth, and threatened with jail if he doesn’t turn up.
(Having survived the Scottish Government and Police Scotland sparing no expense in a massive operation to put him in jail over the false allegations, endured a months-long trial by media beforehand, been found innocent on all charges by a mostly-female jury drawn from Scotland’s most Unionist city, and then endured a third trial at the hands of unaccountable Scottish Government-funded quangos protected by anonymity and backed by the same media.)
His key written submissions, as well as the submissions of anyone who can support his claims about what happened, have been systematically hidden from the committee. When the inquiry makes any sort of effort to get its hands on any meaningful evidence, it’s blocked at every turn by the Scottish Government and the Crown Office and its own SNP convener and the committee’s other three SNP members.
It’s a Kafkaesque situation, where an innocent man trying to serve the Scottish public by telling it the truth has been put in an impossible situation where literally anything he does could get him locked up. And yet people who owe their careers to him – Dornan was a serial failure in elections for years until he was swept into his seat by Salmond’s 2011 landslide – now crowd around jeering while the entire machinery of the Scottish establishment is deployed to try to batter Salmond into silence.
In fact, the only election Dornan didn’t lose between 2003 and his 2011 victory was the 2009 by-election in Glasgow North-East, when he stood down amid controversy over his financial affairs.
So with retirement looming – Dornan will be 73 by the time the next Holyrood election comes round – perhaps it’s not surprising that he’s willing to debase himself without limits to hang onto his nice £65K-a-year job with its generous pension contributions.
He’s already been a central figure in the appalling stitch-up of Mark McDonald – the essential preliminary step in the campaign against Alex Salmond – where he casually destroyed a colleague’s career and life over a mobile phone’s autocorrect error (and more proven-false allegations from a woman hiding behind anonymity) to curry favour with the leadership. And it looks as though they know Dornan will keep jumping every time they yank his string.
We have no idea whether Alex Salmond will appear in front of the inquiry this coming Tuesday or not. We suspect that Salmond himself still hasn’t decided, torn between a desire to tell his side of the story by the book and the need to protect himself against further malicious prosecutions – which we know are the favourite tactic of the current Crown Office and Lord Advocate, knowing that if anyone should discover them they get to investigate themselves and proclaim themselves innocent.
If we were him, the option of just walking away from the irretrievably broken inquiry and holding a press conference instead would be a pretty attractive one, sullied only by the knowledge that Scotland’s media are every bit as bent as the SNP and not much more likely to give him a fair hearing.
But either way we doubt he’ll give much thought to the opinions of the wretched James Dornan, or any of the rest of the craven, snivelling henchmen of the masked criminal gangsters now running the SNP. And sooner or later, whenever justice and the rule of law finally return to Scotland, everyone will get what’s coming to them.