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Monday, 10 March 2014

Open Letter to Ian Hamilton QC #indyref

On Saturday, I spent some of my time with Rosie Kane, the ex-MSP. It was a really enjoyable morning. Rosie is good company. She is one of the kindest, most honest people I have ever met and she spoke at her first political meeting for seven years on International Womens Day. After the abuse she suffered thrown at her through the press by Tommy Sheridan, and the abuse he threw across court TWICE at her and other women, I feel a real sense of betrayal when I read a Scottish hero like Ian Hamilton is helping this man resurrect a career on the back of Yes Scotland. I know that the main body of the campaign are not falling into the trap of  platforming a man who publically humiliated women in court by questioning them on their sex lives and who branded comrades "scabs" for refusing to lie for him in order for him to protect a lie of a public image and to profit from  being litigious.

Tommy certainly has a talent - a style of oratory left behind by most in the seventies. And his is not the only career being revamped on the back of the independence debate. But Sheridan not only brought down the most successful left wing project in years, but tried to force those who once counted on him as a friend and comrade to lie and cover for him and branded women as witches - and worse - for not wanting to be used as cover and as "accomplices" in his abuse of vulnerable women.

Sheridan was proven guilty of lying in court and has never apologised for what he unleashed on the likes of the wonderful, gentle Rosie. He is hardly a man to lecture to us as to what a future, fair Scotland can be like. I beg Ian to reconsider being part of this reckless, misogynistic, disloyal man's lie of a world.

Creating and nurturing a platform for this most untrustworthy man can only backfire on our noble, principled campaign for an independent Scotland.

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