Hard ques­tions for police force

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, - The bud­get con­firmed, if in­deed con­fir­ma­tion was needed, that the Scot­tish Govern­ment are only happy when whing­ing.

The Chan­cel­lor had only just agreed to pay the VAT bill for the Scot­tish police force (£140

mil­lion) when the SNP com­plained it was not enough.

This is against the back­drop of the amal­ga­ma­tion of eight police au­thor­i­ties into one force against all ad­vice at the time warn­ing of VAT.

This is also the force whose chief is on gar­den­ing leave un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mean­while, two of his col­leagues have been sus­pended pend­ing fur­ther in­quiries into mis­con­duct.

The Scot­tish min­is­ter for jus­tice, in the na­tional me­dia, re­fused to give any in­for­ma­tion on the sus­pended of­fi­cers nor any de­tails of the ac­cu­sa­tions.

Nei­ther did he ex­plain why the chief was al­lowed gar­den­ing leave and his of­fi­cers sus­pended.

Why is this?

Did the min­is­ter for jus­tice have no idea what was go­ing on within his de­part­ment, is he un­fit for pur­pose, or is it that the na­tion­al­ists do not wish to in­form the elec­torate of the con­se­quences of in­com­pe­tence? Alan Bell. Roods, Kir­riemuir.

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