Message to donors
Now that the Judicial Review has been won in the Court of Session I write to thank you for your support without which I would not have been able to defend myself.
As you will see from the enclosed release the Court has accepted that the Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government’s decisions were “unlawful”, “unfair” and “tainted by apparent bias”. The legal victory was overwhelming, despite attempts by the Permanent Secretary to spin her way into saving her own job.
The legal costs of the action which will have to be paid by the Scottish Government are massive - perhaps half a million pounds or even more - a bill sent to the people of Scotland as a result of the Permanent Secretary’s incompetent procedure. That means in turn since we are refunded around two thirds of our costs, there is still likely to be a surplus in the crowdfunder.
As you remember I promised in these circumstances that any surplus would go to good causes in Scotland and beyond. That will now be done, when the calculation of expenses is complete. I have arranged for this all to be independently audited and in due course I will send an update to you
In the meantime can I thank each and every one of you again. Many thousands of people have written to me over the last few months, which has been a great source of encouragement. Some have had heart rending stories of battles against injustice and brutal officialdom. After my recent experience, I will be doing my very best to help.
I have been in public life in Scotland for 30 years. Over that entire time I have had an unblemished record in terms of personal conduct, despite being perhaps the most investigated politician on these islands. Some people are clearly very anxious to remove me now as a political threat which is why this is probably not over. The Daily Record boasted of a “tip off” about me in October 2017. The question is from who? Perhaps we are now getting very close to finding out.
One thing is certain. Without you, none of this fight back would have been possible. My grateful and eternal thanks.
Yours for Scotland,
P.S. To read my full statement, click here.