- Nicola Sturgeon says her predecessor Alex Salmond was a "tough guy" to work for but she had not heard concerns about his alleged sexual behaviour
- Scotland's first minister says "relevant" information linked to the investigation of harassment complaints against her predecessor has not been hidden
- In January 2019, the Scottish government paid Alex Salmond's £500,000 legal bill after it admitted acting unlawfully
- A special Holyrood committee, which is looking into what went wrong, has heard from Mr Salmond and now it is Ms Sturgeon's turn
- Ms Sturgeon told a special Holyrood committee, which is looking into what went wrong, that suggestions of a plot against Alex Salmond were "absurd"
- In her opening statement she apologises to the two women who brought the claims about Mr Salmond's behaviour and to the "wider public"
- Scotland's former leader told MSPs last week that there was a deliberate attempt - by a number of people he named - to remove him from public life
- Mr Salmond went on to accuse the civil service, the Crown Office and the Scottish government of "many and obvious" failures in leadership
The BBC seems to be having a field-day with current goings-on in Edinburgh, with a lot of time devoted to it all, quite probing interviews, some good background stuff.
So why does it shew us that it can do a good searching job in Scotland but handles London and the ministers of the Westminster government with such pristine kid gloves?
Anyone might think the London state broadcaster was toeing the government line here and trying to help the UK government by attacking the Scottish people as much as possible. (Or could it be much simpler — that Sarah Smith is a much better political journalist than her London counterparts?)
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