Though WhatDoTheyKnow.com, a ‘small digital charity’, may be as it claims, acting ‘as critical friends to institutions of power’, and trying to ‘make change in the world by building things on the web that show how the world could be better’, in its questions of UK government departments or of the corporations. However, there is contrasting evidence that it, through a few covert partisan volunteers, has been operating in the interests of the UK State and British Nationalist parties in Scotland and against those of the SNP and the Scottish Government.
Remember these requests merely add to the enormous number of Holyrood Committee questions posed openly by the British parties in Scotland and used to feed our MSM:
The full set of FOI requests made by WhatDoTheyKnow.com, of the Scottish Government, can be seen here:
Readers will note, in only these few recent examples, the potential of these requests for our ‘MSM’ to be able to use the answers in pursuing their agendas.
The First Minister stated on her Twitter feed in August 2018: “In this case, unlike in some previous cases, the investigation into complaints about Alex Salmond has not been conducted by the SNP and no complaints have been received by the party.” What previous cases does she refer to, and how were these complaints brought to her attention?
I note that today the First Minister stated that “the answer to Brexit was for Scotland to become an independent country”. Could you provide details of any economic impact assessments that have been carried out that show how Scotland would be effected by leaving the EU and the UK at the same time . Please note that this is not specific to the EU referendum but also includes analysis carried out for the Scottish Independence Referendum.
The case of DeeAnn Fitzpatrick received widespread media interest in May 2018. Her case drew swift condemnation from social media users and members of the nation’s highest office.The first minister asked the permanent secretary to conduct a full review of the circumstances of the case – including to ensure that there is a positive working culture in Marine Scotland. When will this review of this case be completed and made public?
Walter James Wolffe QC is a senior Scottish lawyer who has served as Lord Advocate since 1st June 2016. He was appointed by the current First Minister. Since his appointment, has Lord Wolffe been consulted by the SNP in a separate capacity other than as Lord Advocate to the Scottish government? If this was indeed the case, please provide full and complete records on when and on what basis these consultations took place.
Scotland’s 32 councils have managed budgets well over the last year but face a difficult time ahead, says the Accounts Commission. One of the most significant issues for councils continues to be resources. In 2017/18, funding from the Scottish Government reduced by 2.3 per cent in real terms. Will you provide full details of the funds from Barnett paid by Westminster, but withheld from councils by the Scottish Government during the period 2017/18.
What measures are put in place and protected in order that all politicians and including the 1st minister remains accountable to the public and who is responsible for keeping this accountability in check.
Please provide a list of all loans made to third parties by the Scottish Government for amounts in excess of £1.5m in the period 1 January 2016 to 17 August 2018. Please exclude loans made to other government agencies.
Perhaps readers can further enlighten us on this topic?