Time for slippery Salmond to answer for his “toe-curling fawning over Rupert Murdoch”

On Wednesday, SNP leader Alex Salmond will have to face the Leveson Inquiry and atone for his “toe-curling fawning over Rupert Murdoch”.

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As SNP leader Alex Salmond prepares to face the Leveson Inquiry this week, Scottish Labour have said he will no longer be able to avoid answering key questions over his and his party’s links with the Murdoch empire.

The opposition in Scotland has billed the event as a day of reckoning, pointing to the 25 questions published by the party in July last year and the 13 formal parliamentary questions tabled in April, all of which, Labour claim, have been unanswered.

Alex-Salmond-Rupert-MurdochScottish Labour’s business manager at Holyrood, Paul Martin, says:

“There are scores of unanswered questions over the SNP’s links with News International and Friday will be an opportunity for full disclosure.

Alex Salmond’s toe-curling fawning over Rupert Murdoch – even after the shocking Milly Dowler revelations – has shamed Scotland. On Friday he will have to start answering the questions he is clearly desperate to avoid.

“Throughout the entire phone hacking scandal Alex Salmond has ditched his usual megaphone diplomacy and has been uncharacteristically silent. Being summoned to give evidence on oath will force him to break cover.

“In public, the SNP were critical of Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of Sky, but papers already published at Leveson show Alex Salmond was acting as his private cheerleader.

His claim that he was just trying to promote Scottish jobs is so patently absurd it is insulting. He was trying to curry favour in return for acting as a Sky lobbyist.

“He would clearly rather we all ignored the fact that he personally met with James Murdoch, wined and dined the editor of the Scottish News of the World, provided advertising to News International newspapers worth thousands of pounds, and sent his closest ministerial aide Joan McAlpine to the Bahamas to supply puff pieces about Sean Connery.

“Friday is the day that answers start.”


See also:

Salmond to be dragged before Leveson as ‘Wee Eck’ refuses to say if he’s been hacked 2 May 2012

The Murdoch stench lingers around Salmond 2 May 2012

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

Leveson: Salmond and the Lib Dems implicated in Murdoch emails 25 Apr 2012

Grubby Murdoch goes Salmond-fishing 3 Mar 2012

Slimy Salmond courts Murdoch 28 Feb 2012

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


At the heart of the matter is a simple question, namely what, if anything, Alex Salmond promised in return for the support of the Scottish Sun ahead of last year’s Scottish Parliamentary Elections.

The mass of emails (pdf) between Fred Michel and James Murdoch, published last month, show:

November 1st 2010:

Michel tells Murdoch Salmond was prepared to press Vince Cable, then the minister responsible for the BSkyB decision, to make the economic case for the takeover by News International and brief the Scottish press to that effect.

February 11th 2011:

Michel tells Murdoch:

“I met with Alex Salmond’s adviser today. He will call Hunt whenever we need him.”

March 2nd 2011:

Michel tells Murdoch that after Salmond had dinner with the Scottish paper’s editor:

“The Sun is now keen to back the SNP at the election.”

He continued:

“On the Sky bid, he will make himself available to support the debate if the consultation is launched.”

March 3rd 2011:

A written answer from UK culture secretary Jeremy Hunt confirms Salmond’s office began contacting him on this day to organise a phone call between the two.

A further question remains over whether Alex Salmond or anyone else in the Scottish government, had their phones hacked.

Whilst it has emerged that former Labour first minister, Jack (now Lord) McConnell is suing News International for hacking his and his children’s phones, the current first minister has failed to confirm or deny if his own phone has been hacked.

The denials have led Scottish Lib Dem leader, Willie Rennie,  to call for answers from the permanent secretary of the Scottish government  Sir Peter Housden, and Detective Superintendent John McSporran, head of Strathclyde Police’s phone-hacking investigation, Operation Rubicon, about whether any official or minister in the Scottish government have had their phones hacked.


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40 Responses to “Time for slippery Salmond to answer for his “toe-curling fawning over Rupert Murdoch””

  1. James Mills

    Time for slippery Salmond to answer for his "toe-curling fawning over Rupert Murdoch": http://t.co/s5rZhtoC by @EdJacobs1985

  2. Neil Courtman

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  4. BevR

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  5. Lanie Ingram

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  6. Political Planet

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  7. salardeen

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  11. Alex Braithwaite

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  12. Sioned-Mair Richards

    Frm earlier: Time for slippery Salmond to answer for his “toe-curling fawning over Rupert Murdoch”: http://t.co/bjD5yrmg #Leveson

  13. BMetAlevelPolitics

    Frm earlier: Time for slippery Salmond to answer for his “toe-curling fawning over Rupert Murdoch”: http://t.co/bjD5yrmg #Leveson

  14. BevR

    Frm earlier: Time for slippery Salmond to answer for his “toe-curling fawning over Rupert Murdoch”: http://t.co/bjD5yrmg #Leveson

  15. Martin Steel

    Frm earlier: Time for slippery Salmond to answer for his “toe-curling fawning over Rupert Murdoch”: http://t.co/bjD5yrmg #Leveson

  16. SJ

    Frm earlier: Time for slippery Salmond to answer for his “toe-curling fawning over Rupert Murdoch”: http://t.co/bjD5yrmg #Leveson

  17. AineAislingMam

    Unanswered questions over the SNP's links to News International, as Salmond prepares to face #Leveson by @edjacobs1985 http://t.co/bjD5yrmg

  18. Fi McCrindle

    Unanswered questions over the SNP's links to News International, as Salmond prepares to face #Leveson by @edjacobs1985 http://t.co/bjD5yrmg

  19. BevR

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  20. Spammo Twatbury

    “has shamed Scotland”? I’m Scottish and the only thing I’m ashamed of is Scottish Labour’s constant attempts to rubbish my country and its elected government. (And by extension, all the people who voted for it.)

  21. Spammo Twatbury

    “At the heart of the matter is a simple question, namely what, if anything, Alex Salmond promised in return for the support of the Scottish Sun ahead of last year’s Scottish Parliamentary Elections.”

    That question has already been answered on the record by both Salmond and News International: nothing. Of course, Labour will never accept that answer, but to repeatedly insist that it’s never been given is typical of the party’s ingrained inability to tell the truth about anything.

  22. Charles

    A bit hypocritical is it not!, after all, The Sun newspaper, Murdoch and Labour were the best of buddy’s at one point before Golden Brown became the PM?

    Indeed, did The Sun not have a campaign in support of Labour and The War Criminal before the party took control 97?.

    Isn’t Mr Blair the Godfather of One of the Murdoch’s daughters!

    Now what’s your agenda here left foot mmm?, double standards!!

    I

  23. Anonymous

    Really, you’re ashamed of attacks on the UK? Where has Scottish Labour done that, British Citizen?

  24. Anonymous

    Quite simply, there is no reason to believe him. This isn’t “Labour”, it’s the fact that they NEVER give freebies, and Salmond has proven quite willing to shelter elements of the far right when it helps him.

    You then start frothing about how anyone who isn’t a Pureblood Scot is evil again, right. You’re a great example of said sheltered elements.

  25. Spammo Twatbury

    “You then start frothing about how anyone who isn’t a Pureblood Scot is inherently evil again”

    I’m bewildered as to where you imagine you read any such thing. That statement is so spectacularly at odds with any conceivable sane interpretation of anything I said as to be literally incredible.

  26. Spammo Twatbury

    You appear to be quite mad.

    “Scottish Labour’s business manager at Holyrood, Paul Martin, says… ‘Alex Salmond’s toe-curling fawning over Rupert Murdoch – even after the shocking Milly Dowler revelations – has shamed Scotland.'”

    Do feel free to explain how that constitutes an “attack on the UK”.

  27. Anonymous

    From the hatred in your post, where else?
    “Anyone who doesn’t agree with me is MAD. MAD!”

    You get all upset when someone ELSE uses hyperbole…

    (And I’m quite serious that the SNP are accepting a lot of right-wing support they’ll come to regret one way or another)

  28. Anonymous

    Er, I’m mocking you.
    Since you’re a UK citizen.
    But do carry on.

  29. Selohesra

    Appearances can be deceptive – but not in this case

  30. fran

    Almost all new SNP members in Scotland come from the Left – like myself – and were Labour voters all their lives. Hard to swallow I know but the SNP out-left Labour in Scotland and that’s why Scottish Labour get so exercised by the increase in SNP membership. How can this increase possibly be coming from the Right when Scotland have so few Right wing suppporters to begin with ? It’s more than urban myth that Scotland has more giant pandas than Tory voters. And your Scottish Govt spokesperson is the son of ex speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin – you know the one who stood in front of and tried to thwart the publication of MPs expenses. Croneyism and nepotism are characteristic of Scottish Labour and its chokehold on all aspects of Scottish public life including our media – its not Levenson we need up here but a McLevenson to hold truth to power.

  31. Katie Stanton

    Scottish Lab: "Salmond’s fawning over Rupert Murdoch has shamed Scotland – he's up at #leveson tomorrow http://t.co/h0yfRraF @edjacobs1985

  32. Katie Stanton

    Not much excitement in the run up to Salmond at #Leveson even though he has been one of Murdoch's biggest cheerleaders: http://t.co/h0yfRraF

  33. Spammo Twatbury

    Fneep, wibble, glink, blongo!

  34. Spammo Twatbury

    Groink! Yeeg snorkum frops looboo!

  35. Anonymous

    This isn’t the Torygraph, troll.

  36. Anonymous

    This isn’t the Torygraph, troll

  37. Anonymous

    It’s no myth that there are right-wingers in Scotland any more than it’s a myth that there are left-wingers in England. They’re simply typically non-voters, thanks to FPTP and no serious party interested in them.

    The Labour voting numbers in Scotland are not down, fran. Their core centralist vote are sticking with them. They’re no more interested in the left than the PLP are.

    If you really think it’s coincidence, though, that some far right posters come on here pushing propaganda for an independent Scotland, and get on fine with the existing far right posters…I have some buckets of mud to sell you.

    Be honest about your fellow travelers, thanks.

  38. Anonymous

    nope, he really IS a blithering idiot troll.

    You revert to your ideology, not gibberish.

  39. Anonymous

    Exactly! The control freaks who control Labour in Scotland still haven’t come to terms with their election defeat. And what makes it worse is that they were defeated by a party far more left wing than they are!

    Labour will be electable again when they actually start to be what they would have us believe they are!

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