Monday 4 July 2016

Police Don't Lie - They Just 'Mislead' Us

Everybody knows that Police Scotland illegally spied on journalists from the Sunday Mail newspaper.


The only people who claim it didn't happen is Police Scotland.

Well that's not strictly true - after the evidence against police became overwhelming, untrustworthy Police Scotland found themselves with their arm twisted so far up their backs that they had no choice but to grudgingly admit that it did happen.

However they're still at the damage limitation stage (the stage where they try to say that although they admit it did happen, it didn't happen quite like they've been accused).

Come on. Take it on the chin Police Scotland. You've been caught with your pants down.

It's been almost comical to watch police officers of varying ranks scurrying around like frightened rodents trying to distance themselves from this scandal while feigning ignorance (big boys must've done it and ran away etc).

Everyone's getting the blame - everyone except themselves of course.

At the centre of the scandal is Deputy Chief Constable Ruaraidh Nicolson.

They've admitted that his testimony to Holyrood’s Justice Committee may have been 'misleading' after the Daily Record were given secret emails which show the evidence he gave to the Justice Committee was untrue.

Despite DCC Nicolson's repeated denials to MSPs, the emails reveal that officers were given specific warnings that seizing phone data to find the source of stories would be illegal - but they went ahead anyway.

It couldn't be more damning.

In essence, these secret emails reveal that senior officers behind the spying operation were repeatedly warned they would be acting illegally. 

Which means DCC Nicolson's failure to tell the Justice Committee about this was, as they say, 'misleading'.

Now, I'm intrigued by the word 'misleading'.

Because it's rather a nice word that people such as police officers like to use when they lie. They use it to try and minimise the potency of the lie.

They look upon it as being one step before lying - a bit like a little white lie which, well, to them, isn't really lying at all is it?

Aye right!

The public are not stupid.

Deputy Chief Constable Ruaraidh Nicolson lied to the Justice Committee. Full stop.

Of course if you or I were to tell a lie, police would call us just that - liars.

They'd arrest us, and their buddies at the Crown office would have us in the witness stand of a court pretty pronto pointing a haughty finger at us while demanding the Sheriff throw the book at us for our 'lies'.

But when Police Scotland officers get caught lying to us, they're not lying - they're just 'misleading' us.