A fa­tal flaw right at the be­gin­ning

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

A for­mer em­ploy­ment judge said the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment should have re­alised its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Alex Sal­mond was flawed be­fore it reached court.

Dou­glas Fairley QC, who spe­cialises in em­ploy­ment work, said en­sur­ing the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer had no prior in­volve­ment with the com­plainants is “the stan­dard of fair­ness which rep­re­sents best prac­tice”.

He said: “It is some­what sur­pris­ing that it took the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment so long to re­alise that it had a prob­lem in that re­gard – the more so when one looks back at the ro­bust­ness of its ear­lier state­ments in the me­dia about how vig­or­ously it would de­fend its po­si­tion.

“Those pro­nounce­ments might be thought to sug­gest that a full au­dit of the process had al­ready been un­der­taken af­ter Mr Sal­mond brought his case to court, and the process fol­lowed by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment had been found to be flaw­less. That was clearly not the case.

“So, ei­ther there was no such au­dit, and the pro­nounce­ments were sim­ply lit­i­ga­tion pos­tur­ing, or the au­dit was de­fec­tive.”

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