The Daily Telegraph

The Trial of Alex Salmond

- Gabriel Tate


Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is a man on whom everyone has an opinion. Some admire him as a dynamic, charismati­c leader who took Scotland to the brink of independen­ce; others see an arrogant powermonge­r, lost without an audience. Last spring, he was acquitted in court of all charges when 10 women accused him of a total of 14 sexual offences. It was by any standards a sensationa­l trial, arguably the first of the Metoo era in this country, and one which gripped Kirsty Wark from start to finish.

Careful not to express any opinions on the man herself, in this one-off documentar­y she canvasses the views of Salmond’s close friends and sworn foes alike, as well as talking to three of the women who brought the charges, while director Sarah Howitt tracks the progress of the trial. Even his defence lawyer was moved to comment that Salmond “certainly could have been a better man”, while rumours of conspiraci­es to bring him down reflect almost equally poorly on the party he once led. But the last word is left to one of his accusers: “I’m worried about what this says more widely to other women, or just to us as a society… Where does this leave us?”

 ??  ?? Freedom: the former First Leader Alex Salmond was acquitted
Freedom: the former First Leader Alex Salmond was acquitted

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