We just put up a post, readers, but we’ve pulled it again because this has happened:
Because of this:
More as we get it, but this would seem to be an extraordinary move from the Tories if they weren’t pretty confident they had the backing of the other opposition parties. At a minimum it’s quite the scene-setter for tomorrow’s appearance of the First Minister in front of the Fabiani committee. We presume we don’t need to tell you to stay tuned.
[EDIT 6.50pm: Statements here and here. Kevin Pringle and Duncan Hamilton both explicitly confirm that Nicola Sturgeon’s statement about the nature of her meeting with Geoff Aberdein on 29 March 2018 was a lie. This could well be the end.]
[EDIT 7.05pm: Oh dear lord above, the legal advice is out too, and it is NOT good for the First Minister. We’ve only skimmed a couple of bits so far but it’s already terrible. The extract below is from a letter from senior counsel Roddy Dunlop QC to the Scottish Government on 31 October 2019, and shows that Alex Salmond was entirely correct to say that the Scottish Government had been advised his petition in judicial review was likely to succeed months before the government finally conceded it.]
(“A very real problem indeed”, for any readers unfamiliar with lawyer-speak, translates directly to “IN THE HOLY NAME OF THE ONE TRUE JESUS CHRIST WHAT HAVE YOU DONE, YOU APOCALYPTICALLY BONEHEADED MORONS?”)
And this bit from 19 December 2019 isn’t too pretty either: