right here might be few circumstances extra sophisticated and tortured than the battle by proxy between Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon. The pair, as soon as political allies and agency associates, at the moment are engaged in mortal political fight.
If the newest explosive claims made by Salmond in opposition to Sturgeon and others are upheld, it’ll imply that, amongst different issues, she lied to the Scottish parliament, broke the ministerial code and he or she must resign. Resign, that’s, in the course of a pandemic throughout which she has principally been held to have acquitted herself properly, with essential parliamentary elections in a matter of weeks, and little public clamour for her to go.
It’s a unprecedented state of affairs. It may need been higher, all spherical, if their variations, profound and very important although they’re, may have by some means been resolved within the purely political area. As an alternative, they’ve been, and are persevering with to be, fought in authorized and quasi-legal arenas, with process taking priority over substance, and bewilderingly so.