By Rab Bruce’s Spider

I’m not going to make any comment on the recent retrials of Alex Salmond by the BBC. I didn’t watch the Kirsty Wark show, nor listen to Dani Garavelli’s radio programme because, like most supporters of Scotland becoming a normal, self-governing country, I was pretty sure they would be stitch-up jobs. Judging by the comments I’ve seen on social media, this was a pretty accurate assessment. What a shock! Not.

However, things continue apace with a Holyrood Committee investigating the handling of the investigation into allegations against Alex Salmond, with Craig Murray’s blog having some harsh words to say.

The only point I’d like to make is that, whatever revelations or further allegations come out over the coming days and weeks, none of it fundamentally alters the case for Scottish independence. It does not matter which politicians are in charge, nor what skulduggery, if any, they have been up to. Yes, a major fall out within the SNP may well harm the cause in terms of how we achieve independence, and that is surely what the Unionists are hoping for, but it should not alter our view on independence in any way at all. It is the normal way that normal countries operate. How we get there is subject to much debate, but be in no doubt that we must get there, and nothing that any individual politician says or does can change that basic fact.