Friday 4 December 2015

Ignorance Of The Law Is No Excuse - Unless You're The Police

The Emma Caldwell scandal just gets worse and worse for untrustworthy Police Scotland.

They're trying to pull the wool over our eyes by telling us that they didn't realise they had to get a judges permission to spy on journalists and whistleblowers, so therefore it wasn't intentional.

But their decision to hunt down and persecute the whistle-blowers who went to the newspapers in the first place was absolutely intentional.

Police Scotland are a disgrace. 

After months of speculation about this Assistant Chief Constable Ruaraidh Nicolson has finally admitted, albeit grudgingly, that Police Scotland did indeed spy on The Sunday Mail and that they did not seek a judge’s approval before doing it. 

I have two problems with this.

Firstly, what this story really boils down to is how Police Scotland explode with anger and aggressively react to stories that appear in the press and embarrass them. 

It's clear that they threw their full weight and resources behind persecuting the whistleblower that dared to expose their corruption rather than catching Emma Caldwell's killer.

Secondly, this ridiculous excuse trotted out by Police Scotland that they didn't know the law and that regulations had changed so they now needed a judge’s approval before spying on people is unacceptable. 

The Police constantly tell us that ignorance of the law is no excuse. 

Try telling a traffic cop you didn't know it was a 30mph limit or you didn't know how many millimetres of tread had to be on your tyres and just see how far you get. Not far, I can assure you. 

You'll get done - and you'll be told that ignorance of the law is no excuse.

But put the shoe on the other foot and it's ok for Police Scotland to claim they didn't know the law and get away with it.

And mark my words, they will get away with this, just watch.

One rule for them and all that...