Inquiry evidence

Salmond: ‘failures of leadership are many’

Mr Salmond addressing the inquiry

Alex Salmond today told an inquiry at the Scottish parliament into the government’s handling of harassment complaints against him that the “failures of leadership are many and obvious”.

In a marathon six-hour session the former First Minister and SNP leader said it it was not possible to move on until the decision-making that is undermining the system of government in Scotland is addressed.

He told the committee of MSPs: “The Scottish civil service hasn’t failed, its leadership has failed.

“The Crown Office hasn’t failed, its leadership has failed.

“Scotland hasn’t failed, its leadership has failed.”

Mr Salmond said it has been a “nightmare” and that he has faced accusations which are among the most wounding any person can face.

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