The Alex Salmond inquiry is about far more than his allegations against Nicola Sturgeon and her government: it offers alarming insights into the extent and scope of political power in Scotland. In particular, the way in which the Crown Office, Scotland’s government prosecutors, pressured the devolved parliament into censoring Salmond’s evidence. It’s all the more worrying because the Lord Advocate, who runs the Crown Office, is a serving member of Sturgeon’s Cabinet. It was his turn to face that committee today.
James Wolffe QC started by reminding them that they were dealing with someone above them. 'The actions of the Crown are not within the remit of the committee', he said in his first sentence. They were lucky, it seemed, that he condescended to be there at all.