Salmond to be dragged before Leveson as ‘Wee Eck’ refuses to say if he’s been hacked

It was reveled today that Alex Salmond will appear before the Leveson Inquiry as the first minister refused to tell MSPs if he’d been hacked, reports Shamik Das.

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Alex Salmond is to face a grilling from Lord Leveson over his links to Rupert Murdoch, it was announced today, as the first minister faced another torrid session of First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood, rounded on by Labour, Liberal Democrat and Tory MSPs.

Alex-Salmond-Rupert-MurdochThe SNP leader – and long-time Murdoch defender – is likely to be called to give evidence on June 13th, a Scottish government spokeswoman told The Scotsman.

The news came as the clamour grew for Salmond to set up a Scottish phone-hacking probe, with Nick Clegg joining in the chorus today – laying in to the first minister’s “cosy relationship” with Murdoch and his closeness to other right wing billionaires like Donald Trump.

As STV reports, the deputy prime minister said:

“I’m slightly losing count of who Alex Salmond spends his time sucking up to. One moment it’s Rupert Murdoch and then it’s Donald Trump.

He clearly has a fascination with very wealthy, very powerful men and is happy to trade, basically, with them in order to further his own political ambitions.

“I heard Alex Salmond trying to justify his strategy of ingratiation with Rupert Murdoch on the basis that it was for Scottish jobs. In fact, the only job he had in mind was his own.

“I think it’s time he put the public and the interests of Scotland before his own cosy relationship with Rupert Murdoch.”

 


See also:

Under fire over hacking? How do you prove you’re fit and proper? By mocking Roy Hodgson 2 May 2012

The Murdoch stench lingers around Salmond 2 May 2012

McConnell sues News International as Labour call for inquiry into Salmond’s adviser 30 Apr 2012

Under-fire Salmond has “lost his sense of smell” over the “stench of Murdoch” 26 Apr 2012

The 25 questions over the SNP’s Murdoch links 19 Jul 2011


 

At the Scottish Parliament, meanwhile, Salmond refused to say if his phone had been hacked, as all three opposition leaders turned up the heat over his links to Murdoch.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said:

“This first minister reports to this Parliament – so this is his big opportunity. Dodging the question now only to reveal all when he takes the stand later will look like media manipulation of the very worst kind.

“Was he hacked and didn’t speak out to protect his new best pal – or did Rupert not need to bother tapping his phone, because he was already on speed dial? Parliament is asking, Scotland is watching – first minister were you hacked?”

Joining in, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie added:

“The first minister is responsible to this Parliament – why won’t he tell us whether his phone has been hacked? Despite all the excuses, we’ve heard the first minister manned the barricades to protect Rupert Murdoch from a Scottish inquiry.”

And Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont asked:

“Given the further revelations we have seen in the last few days, why does the first minister still believe Rupert Murdoch is a fit person to run an international media company?”

In sum, Salmond responded by saying Leveson was UK-wide anyway, so why bother having an inquiry; that he’d be “speaking specifically about a range of matters under oath” at Leveson so needn’t bother telling mere MSPs if he’d been hacked; and claimed thousands of jobs were at stake if he slighted Murdoch, almost saying ‘so to Hell with ethics and principle’.

No excuse, it appears, is too small for Wee Eck.

 


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16 Responses to “Salmond to be dragged before Leveson as ‘Wee Eck’ refuses to say if he’s been hacked”

  1. Niall Walsh

    Salmond to be dragged before #Leveson as ‘Wee Eck’ refuses to say if he’s been hacked: //t.co/QCJ3yE6N by @ShamikDas #Murdoch

  2. Shamik Das

    Salmond to be dragged before #Leveson as ‘Wee Eck’ refuses to say if he’s been hacked: //t.co/QCJ3yE6N by @ShamikDas #Murdoch

  3. Lynn Sheridan

    Salmond to be dragged before #Leveson as ‘Wee Eck’ refuses to say if he’s been hacked: //t.co/QCJ3yE6N by @ShamikDas #Murdoch

  4. Edward Dingwall

    Pretty delicious Pig-Pie RT @leftfootfwd: Salmond to be dragged before Leveson //t.co/ocYAR57T

  5. Heuston456

    Interesting that you chose to use the phrase “dragged before Leveson” despite that fact that Salmond is on the record several times recommending himself to give evidence to the Leveson enquiry. Also note that you chose to quote the Labour, Tory and Lib Dem leaders verbatum but only give your own opinion on what you think the first minister meant rather than give your readers the oppurtunity to read what he actually said. Rupert Murdoch is neither the Labour or Tory parties’ strongest suit given their own history with his organisation. I can only assume that you have allowed yourself to be taken in by the smear campaign being run by Labour party and supported by the Tories. Would have expected better from a blog which claims to be progressive.

  6. Nick H.

    Salmond to be dragged before #Leveson as ‘Wee Eck’ refuses to say if he’s been hacked: //t.co/QCJ3yE6N by @ShamikDas #Murdoch

  7. Mr. Sensible

    This should be interesting…

  8. BevR

    RT @leftfootfwd: Salmond to be dragged before Leveson as ‘Wee Eck’ refuses to say if he’s been hacked //t.co/VwITK62B

  9. cameronsfollys

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  10. Anonymous

    So democracy isn’t a priority for you, I see.

  11. Chris Brown

    Did you really expect a fair assessment? For a long time now labour has preferred the tories over social democrats. As Lord Foulkes says…’the SNP are only popular because they keep doing things that people want’.
    Newsbot9…democracy? As far as I can recall Labour has always struggled resolutely against democratic reform. In fact, as Jack McConnel proudly told us, the Holyrood electoral system was specifcally designed to prevent the SNP from ever winning an election.

  12. Shamik Das

    Go on Dimbleby, ask Salmond abt #Murdoch… //t.co/3M02rcAX //t.co/cnwL1kD2 //t.co/jIXBdeTH //t.co/suoI5loc #BBCvote2012

  13. Daryn McCombe

    Go on Dimbleby, ask Salmond abt #Murdoch… //t.co/3M02rcAX //t.co/cnwL1kD2 //t.co/jIXBdeTH //t.co/suoI5loc #BBCvote2012

  14. Jos Bell

    Salmond to be dragged before #Leveson as ‘Wee Eck’ refuses to say if he’s been hacked: //t.co/QCJ3yE6N by @ShamikDas #Murdoch

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