Wednesday 16 March 2016

Government Mole Inside Police Scotland

A lady called Fiona Wilson is due to start a new job this week. In case you haven't heard of her, she used to be the head of news (press) for the Scottish Government.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has loaned her out to Police Scotland for six months to be their head of communications.

The hope is that Ms Wilson will be able to sprinkle her fairy dust on untrustworthy Police Scotland and spin them some good press and deflect some of their bad publicity.

This raises two very concerning matters.

Firstly, why waste time and money employing a spin doctor to deflect all the bad things that Police Scotland do? Instead just get all the coppers in untrustworthy Police Scotland together and tell them to start acting honestly and with integrity.

Hey, if police stop doing bad things they'll stop getting bad publicity. Simple.

But the matter that concerns me most is the Scottish Government 'lending' Police Scotland a member of their publicity machine.

It just demonstrates yet again the many ties and connections between all the public bodies in Scotland who are supposed to be independent of each other.

A Scottish Government press secretary moving over to Police Scotland is merely the tip of the ice-berg. All the main public organisations in Scotland such as Police Scotland, the Crown office, Glasgow City Council, Health & Safety Executive, Scottish Police Authority etc are all dangerously incestuous. Each have friends and connections in each others organisations. I've written extensively about this.

Fiona Wilson's secondment from the Scottish Government to Police Scotland is just another example.

And it helps explain yet again why, when you complain about one public body about another public body, your complaint always ends up being swept under one of their carpets.