As a derivative from the hysterical Scottish media witch-hunt over final week’s piece on Neil Mackay, at the moment we discovered ourselves listening to a podcast from final Might by Courier editor Davie Clegg and former Scottish Labour department supervisor Kezia Dugdale.
Whereas it was clearly of non-public curiosity, we had a particular purpose for listening – we suspected it would comprise some useful info that our legal professionals had been in search of (which because it occurred it did).
However there was additionally one thing else actually fascinating that we weren’t anticipating.
(We might in fact write a ten,000-word piece on all of the hilariously one-sided, dishonest, ironic or flat-out unfaithful feedback from each Clegg and Dugdale through the 45-minute episode, however you’d get bored and we’re going to deal with one specifically.)
At virtually the very finish (38m 40s), Clegg references an article we wrote after dropping the enchantment in opposition to the unique sheriff’s discovering. It talked about the truth that Dugdale modified her “precept” about donating all her extra-Parliamentary earnings to Motor Neurone Illness Scotland, a charity championed by her greatest good friend and former Labour/Higher Collectively activist Gordon Aikman, who was tragically killed by the terrible illness.
The change, which was made in the summertime of 2017, meant that Dugdale trousered all the cash from her look – which Labour had the truth is refused her permission for – on “I’m A Movie star Get Me Out Of Right here” that November, which might in any other case have gone (after tax) to the charity “as a matter of precept”.
That meant MNDS misplaced out on round £45,000 to battle the monstrous and incurable illness, which at the moment afflicts former Scotland rugby worldwide Doddie Weir.
However Dugdale has by no means supplied any form of defence or clarification of why she did so – partly in fact as a result of a fawning Scottish media has by no means requested her for one, even throughout actually hours of airtime and many column inches during which she’s been allowed to present her facet of the case unchallenged – a privilege by no means supplied to us by anybody.
However on the podcast she does, and it’s startling.
“I modified [the register of interests] as a result of I used to be being sued, and I wanted to have the ability to get myself in a scenario the place I might, if I wanted to, earn sufficient cash to pay authorized payments.”
(The Stooshie, 29 Might 2020)
So in essence Dugdale is, remarkably, blaming Wings for the truth that she pocketed £45,000 that ought to have gone to MND Scotland,
Now, even on the superficial stage that’s an enormous lie, as a result of the court docket case wasn’t costing Dugdale a penny – as she notes within the interview, all her authorized charges have been being picked up by the Labour Get together after which by the Each day Document. However let’s take it at face worth only for the sake of argument.
As a result of as we all know, Dugdale received the case. She had no authorized charges to pay. (We, the truth is, are paying her authorized charges.) So if she wished to she might have given the cash to MND Scotland then, when any menace of prices was gone.
However she didn’t. As a result of by that time – reasonably than holding onto it to pay any potential authorized payments which may have arisen from our enchantment, which wasn’t heard till April 2020 – she’d already blown it on shopping for herself a home, virtually two years earlier.
This, we’d remind viewers, is somebody who claimed yesterday to be an exemplar of “decency”, and whose acknowledged job is to revive public religion and belief in politicians.
Dugdale could be very properly paid for being the Director of the John Smith Centre For Public Service – her wage isn’t disclosed publicly however is broadly believed to be larger than the £62,000 that she acquired as an MSP when she wasn’t off abandoning her constituents to debase herself within the jungle.
That’s a fairly tasty wedge, particularly as she now lives with SNP MSP Jenny Gilruth, and subsequently has a family revenue properly in extra of £120,000 a 12 months.
So we’re fairly certain that to assist out with the restoration of religion and belief in politics she might simply afford to donate £1000 a month to MND Scotland for the subsequent 4 years to interchange the cash her conveniently vanished “rules” cheated them out of.
If she does, relaxation assured we’ll place our honest approval on the report.