She was particularly vocal on all-women shortlists, quotas for public boards and the eradication of sexual harassment in the workplace. After the Weinstein story broke in October , and the ripples spread out to Westminster, Holyrood and beyond, she encouraged women to come forward with complaints and sought to improve the process by which that could be done. In the meantime, Salmond was becoming a problem. Early on she had to put him in his place after he appeared to suggest he would decide the strategy for the General Election.
He fought and won the seat of Gordon in that election; then fought and lost it in the snap election of Now, bereft of an official role, he turned into an embarrassment. Worse still, he launched a chat show on Kremlin-backed channel RT formerly Russia Today , a move that caused consternation amongst even his closest friends. It is here that the narrative begins to diverge. For those in the Sturgeon camp, it goes something like this. It had no idea the first person to fall foul of this process would be the former First Minister.
If McDonald had resigned his Holyrood seat, as well as his ministerial role, there would have been a by-election and an opportunity for Salmond to return to frontline politics. They contend the new process was designed precisely to prevent that happening. Whatever the truth, Woman K, the civil servant who claimed he grabbed her bottom while they were having their photo taken at Stirling Castle, and Woman F, the civil servant he apologised to back in , came forward.
A Scottish government inquiry was launched, the story leaked to the Daily Record tabloid newspaper and the allegations passed to the police. Woman K remembers that weekend well. In an apparent display of power, Salmond launched a crowd-funder to raise money to fund the judicial review. In January last year, the government finally conceded its process was flawed on the basis that the investigating officer had previously been in contact with one of the complainants. A jubilant Salmond called for the resignation of the Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans, who led the inquiry.
But then, a fortnight later, another dramatic twist. The former First Minister was charged with a total of 14 offences against 10 women one charge was later dropped. No-one arriving at the High Court in Edinburgh on Monday, 9 March, could have doubted the importance of what was about to unfold inside.
A low winter sun was bouncing off the bronze toes of philosopher David Hume who sits outside. Tourists generally rub his right foot for luck, but today they were focused on the press pack jostling for the best position from which to catch Salmond and his entourage. Inside, the reporters were jittery. They knew the trial would be a legal minefield and that the demand for seats was likely to outstrip capacity.
At around 11am, the dramatis personae began to assemble. In the dock, flanked by security officers, was Salmond, his face now rictus as the 15 members of the jury filed in. Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian — the first woman to be appointed to the second most senior post in Scotland.
As such, she usually presides over appeal courts and recently cut the minimum sentence to be served by Aaron Campbell, who murdered six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, from 27 to 24 years. She is currently leading the sexual offence cases review which seeks to find ways of improving the system for complainers without compromising the rights of the accused.
Lead prosecutor. Alex Prentice, QC — an understated, but forensic lawyer who has secured convictions in a number of tricky cases including two — the murders of Arlene Fraser and Suzanne Pilley — where the bodies had never been discovered. With Prentice there are no histrionics, just rapier-sharp questioning. Lead defence lawyer. Gordon Jackson, QC — the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, Jackson also has a succession of high-profile cases behind him, most famously winning a reprieve for Woofie, a cross-collie accused of biting a postman.
As an MSP, he was nicknamed Crackerjack because of his habit of turning up at parliament just before the 5pm vote. Defence lawyer. For obvious reasons, McCall cross-examined some of the most sensitive witnesses, in particular Woman H, whom Salmond was accused of attempting to rape. McCall is petite with greying hair and a small, sharp face.
She manages to sound respectful even as she accuses the women of lying. In the dock. The man who took the party from the fringes to the mainstream, and the country to the brink of independence. Woman A : a senior official in the Scottish government. Salmond was accused of indecently assaulting her in June and July, , by kissing her on the mouth and touching her buttocks and breast, and of sexually assaulting her in or , by touching her arms and hips over her clothing. Woman B : a former civil servant in the Scottish government.
Salmond was accused of indecently assaulting her at Bute House in October or November, He was alleged to have repeatedly seized her wrists, repeatedly pulled her towards him and to have attempted to kiss her. Salmond was accused of sexually assaulting her on February 9, by touching her leg over her clothing while in a government car. Woman D : civil servant in the Scottish government.
Salmond was accused of sexually assaulting her at Bute House and elsewhere between May and June He was alleged to have touched her bottom and to have touched and stroked her face and hair. Woman E : Did not appear in court and the charge in relation to her was dropped. Woman F : Civil servant in the Scottish government. Woman G : a Scottish government official. Salmond was accused of sexually assaulting her by touching her buttocks in a restaurant on March 11, , and of sexually assaulting her by placing an arm round her, making sexual remarks to her and attempting to kiss her in Bute House on April 22, Woman H : a former Scottish Government official.
Salmond was accused of sexually assaulting her in May and attempting to rape her on June 13, Woman J : an SNP party worker. Salmond was accused of sexually assaulting her by seizing her shoulders, repeatedly kissing her on the face and attempting to kiss her on the lips in September Woman K : a former civil servant in the Scottish Government. Salmond was accused of sexually assaulting her by touching her on the buttock at Stirling Castle on November 11, The prosecution case was straight-forward.
Woman G fell into both categories. Woman E did not appear in court and the charge relating to her was dropped. All the civil servants told the court they reported their experiences to colleagues or line managers at the time of the alleged incidents, which took place between and Prentice set about establishing a course of conduct.
With the women who claimed to have been assaulted in Bute House, the links were even clearer. In each case, they had been working in the evening. Several were offered alcohol — Maotai, Limoncello or whisky — and there was often some pretext for the initial touching: the re-enactment of a scene from a Jack Vettriano Christmas card Woman B , for example, or an impression of a zombie from a film Woman J. All of the women spoke of feeling demeaned.
They explained, too, the conflict they felt over making a formal complaint or going to the police. Salmond was the most powerful man in the country. They loved their jobs, had worked hard to gain them, and believed they would lose them if they made a fuss. The fact that the alleged incidents took place in the run-up to the Independence Referendum in added extra pressure, the women said. This is untrue. One civil servant colleague told the court he had witnessed the First Minister reaching out to touch the hair and face of Woman D in a lift.
Some of the encounters he admitted, but insisted they were consensual; others, he insisted, were complete fabrications. Like many trials, much of the evidence was He said, She said. Or rather He said, She said, She said, She said. Woman F — the civil servant to whom Salmond apologised — said she had to fight him off as he forced his hands under her clothing. Woman B said he seized her wrists and tried to kiss her while attempting to re-enact the Vettriano Christmas card. He said it was just high-jinks.
Woman G said he had put his arm around her and tried to kiss her. He said he was comforting her because she had been upset. Woman A said he had touched her buttocks and her breasts. Woman H said Salmond assaulted her twice in Bute House. The first time, she said, he kissed her and put his hands under her clothes; the second, he restrained her, removed both their clothes and climbed on top of her naked and aroused.
Woman H said the first incident had taken place in May This ribald tone was the one Jackson used a lot. To watch him, to listen to him, you would think he had wandered into the courtroom from the s. His defence veered in all directions. One minute Salmond was a touchy feely guy whose hugs and kisses were being misunderstood, the next the victim of some grand, yet intangible, plot.
It is one thing to insist the former First Minister is innocent of the offences with which he has been charged. It is another to treat some of those offences as inconsequential. In defiance of what we know about power dynamics, Jackson equated the tactile way Salmond dealt with members of the public with the way he interacted with much younger female workers. And he peddled all the old tropes. If woman F had believed Salmond had intended to rape her she would surely have considered it important enough to report to the police.
If woman H had been distressed after her ordeal, then what was she doing on Twitter? At times he seemed to regard the process as high jinks. He engaged in casual banter with a Glasgow councillor, as if they were old chums sharing a pint, not witness and QC facing each other across a courtroom. At breaks and lunchtimes, he could be found laughing and gossiping with the mostly male reporters.
In the afternoon the jury retired to consider its verdict, he grabbed hold of a well-known TV journalist and posed for a selfie. How did things that people thought nothing of later find themselves on a charge sheet, he wondered. The fact the trial was unfolding alongside the sentencing of Weinstein was significant. In comparison with Jackson, Salmond came across as dignified.
The consensus amongst the journalists beforehand was that it would be disastrous for him to testify; but we were wrong. Some of his charisma revived in front of an audience. He spoke and moved his hands like the accomplished politician he is, and had dates and facts at his fingertips. But overall, he came over as meticulous and polished. The jury took six hours to deliver its verdict which meant its deliberations spanned a weekend. By Monday, it had lost two of its 15 members. But when two jurors drop out like this the required ratio changes to eight out of When the time came, the foreman stood up and said Not Guilty to 12 of the 13 charges.
The verdict on the charge involving Woman F — sexual assault with intent to rape — was found Not Proven, which is also an acquittal. None of the verdicts were unanimous. The foreman seemed content with the decisions he was conveying, but others were not. One young-ish juror with glasses sat with his head bowed.
Woman F was gutted. Outside, Salmond made his statement while Jackson looked on, wigless and swigging from a Coke bottle. Then he elbow-bumped with Jackson in celebration. The concept of shooting was the abstraction of contemporary artists.
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