So this was a bit odd.
Once again we’ve clipped the entire question and “answer” so you can see nothing’s been taken out of context, but the important bit is from 2m 30s to 2m 53s.
Davidson’s question was quite complex but boiled down to why Nicola Sturgeon hadn’t properly recorded details and minutes of meetings on Scottish Government business, in direct breach of the Ministerial Code.
That’s a valid question in itself, to which there was no meaningful response, but it was what Sturgeon said right at the end that raised our eyebrows.
Because she said this:
“I was determined that I would do nothing to intervene in or compromise the […] independence and the integrity of a process that was kicked off because women […] came forward with complaints and I thought it was important that they got properly investigated.”
We know that the two women at the heart of the investigation had made their original complaints in November 2017. Those complaints became formal on the 16th and 24th of January 2018. Between the first allegation and the second formal complaint, there were a total of 40 separate actions in respect of the complaints logged in the Scottish Government’s account of events.
The official investigation then began. An “initial investigation report” was prepared by investigating officer (IO) Judith Mackinnon on February 22.
And yet Nicola Sturgeon still maintains that the first she knew of any of this was six weeks later, when Alex Salmond told her at her Glasgow home. (As she’d forgotten being told about it four days earlier by Geoff Aberdein at the Scottish Parliament.)
She told Parliament today that she’d felt it was “important” that the women’s claims were investigated (very clearly implying the investigation was her decision), yet we know from the Scottish Government’s own evidence that they’d already been being investigated for five months before the First Minister says she knew anything about it – so much so that an initial Investigation Report had already been produced before the First Minister had decided there ought to be an investigation.
(Without, we might add, Alex Salmond even having been informed about the claims, let alone given any chance to defend himself.)
So, y’know, that’s interesting, isn’t it?