This is an outstanding piece of journalism from Calton Jock, a blogger I have enjoyed over many years. He writes excellent, well researched pieces and I commend his articles to all. This was first published on his own blog at on the 19th October 2021.

An Innocuous Letter of Guidance From the First Minister to the Head of The Civil Service in Scotland or an Act of Political malevolence Designed to Destroy an Elder Statesman – Events Proved thelatter

The Civil Service in Scotland – A preamble

Awareness of operational working relationships between the Scottish Government and the Civil Service in Scotland is necessary to fully understand the complexities that contributed to the scandal that engulfed both entities at the time the SNP government under the leadership of Nicola Sturgeon decided on the political and personal destruction of Alex Salmond.

Responsibility for the governance of the Civil Service in…

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