Unspun: The Political Diary – Party conferences … a magnet for the marginalized

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A bad week for the former SNP deputy and now darling of Alba, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh. A court found her guilty of professional misconduct (for the second time) in her former legal career and censured her for “recklessness by omission.” Seeking leniency, his QC Duncan Hamilton scanned his CV from his birth in Westminster, listing good deed after good deed. Oddly, however, his current work as partner with Alex Salmond on his Kremlin-funded TV show was not mentioned. It is clear that not all omissions are reckless. Some are based on good taste.

TAS Mania
IN fact, the former prime minister did not get a name check at all. Instead, Ms. Ahmed-Sheikh, or TAS as it’s known, produced character references of people of more appropriate character. First, Mr. Hamilton read the warm words of Alba MP Kenny MacAskill, the former SNP justice secretary. There, no surprise. More unexpectedly was a glowing article by former Brexit Secretary David Davies. “I will always trust him to act with honor and integrity,” said the uber-Tory. Although what Leave activists know about such things is difficult to say.

Wowie bowie
HYPER-ambitious Conservative MP for Aberdeenshire Andrew Bowie had an unknown sensation on Radio Scotland on Tuesday – hearing too much of his own voice. Trying to comment on the fuel crisis, he stammered, “I’m so sorry, I have very bad feedback. I can just hear my voice repeating myself. Now he knows how we feel.

Comrade Turncoat
MAGNETS for the marginalized, party conferences are weird events at the best of times. But the rally of British Labor in Brighton was particularly special. The Unspun mole attended a fringe reunion where an ego no less exalted than former House of Commons speaker John Bercow himself was advancing. Once an unrepentant Conservative right-winger, he recently defected from Labor, in a twist entirely unrelated to his search for a peerage. Our mole reports that he was so eager to blend in with the room that he addressed the room as “comrades” more than a dozen times. It’s the new “Order, Order”, you know.

Campbell’s scoop
THEN, farewell once again, Wings Over Scotland, the pro-independence website run by exile from Bath, Stuart Campbell. Saying goodbye to the frustration of SNP’s inertia on Indy, Stu this week provided a first breakdown of how he made it through the whopping £ 885,000 raised through his crowdfunding appeals since 2013, including 210 £ 000 has been paid to him. Disconcertingly, despite the attention to detail, there was no mention of the amount of the taxman. We look forward to him coming out of retirement with a clarification.

Silver beard
The weird fact of the week comes from a hack in Holyrood’s recently reopened bar, which informs Unspun that Bruce Adamson, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Youth, was once an extra in The Lord of the Rings. New Zealand-born Adamson played a Rohan warrior, but apparently angered producers by shaving his beard, requiring expensive fake facial hair instead. It is not known if Adamson has been selected for the next Amazon Prime TV series. But given the colossal sums of money at stake, he could at least afford his beard budget.

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