As the Scottish socialist Tommy Sheridan has been charged with perjury I am unable to write about the case in question, but since Sheridan has been such a prominent figure in the socialist movement within Scotland and the United Kingdom, I thought I would add my thoughts on this matter. Myself I have always thought Sheridan was a bit of a loose cannon, but he is a saint when compared with his nemesis Rupert Murdoch, who traded his wife of 25 years for a younger model who would be more advantages for his business interests in the far east.
As to the charge of Perjury itself, it is an infantile charge, as every single day in the British courts, defendants, witnesses, lawyers and judges lie through their teeth. Indeed the very fact that before giving evidence believers are asked to read out loud that they will tell the truth by their Almighty God, all but accepts this fact, for it attests to the courts belief that even if those giving evidence lie to the court they will have to answer to a higher power. As to does the adversarial system within the British judicial system, for if everyone told the truth there were be no need of defense nor prosecution lawyers, nor would there be the need for a judge to be highly schooled in the ways of this judicial system, for all those who administer judgement would requirer would be intelligence and a good heart.
In any case if the legal system took seriously the fact that defendants and prosecution witnesses told lies, almost every single case would have to be tried twice, the first time to reach a verdict and the second to prosecute all those who told lies which enabled the jury reach that verdict. In other words deadlock and mayhem would prevail.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Mr Sheridan would not be coming before Betsy Windsor’s court again if he had not down the years been the tribune of the economically poor within Scotland. If anyone is still gullible enough to believe the British courts act in an independent manner then this case should wake them from their slumbers. For on one side you have Tommy Sheridan and his loyal band of supporters, which include a fair number of ordinary working class people.
On the other you have the odious Murdoch media empire which in itself would make any decent fellow puke. In my mind for the Murdoch conglomerate and its gofers in the British State to accuse others of telling lies is absolutely surreal and in any honest judicial system it would be laughed out of court.
For Murdoch is a tax dodging crook without a moral bone in his body, he changed his nationality to advance his business interest and then condemns the European Union for diluting that very principle. His newspapers daily spew out poison and lies and give their political support to which ever politicians agrees to dance to the greedy and odious Rupert’s tune. These days he is tangoing with the exploitative Stalinist regime in China, he agrees to anything these corrupt bureaucrats ask no matter if it pushes billions of Chinese people further into the grasp of a vicious dictatorship, if the government in Peking ask Murdoch to jump he replies how high, as long as it increases his bottom line.
To those who say that Mr Sheridan has a case to answer I would say this, why now? The Murdoch empire has appealed against Mr Sheridan winning the original case and this appeal was due to be heard in the Scottish courts directly. For the last year the Murdoch papers have been following Sheridan and carrying regular stories that blacken his name. They have also claimed the appeal for them was a done deal which they would win with ease.
So why has the State decided to act now and in the process used hundreds of police man hours and spent over a million pounds investigating and prosecuting Mr Sheridan. Could it be that the Murdoch claims have been hot air, for if what they have been claiming was true Tommy Sheridan was due to get his just deserts in the appeal court any time soon.
What these charges show is that there is one law for some and another for others. Yates of the yard was not allowed to place a finger on to Tony Blair and his pals despite claiming he had put together a prosecutable case, the same happened with the BAE arms scandal when that company bribed members of the Saudi royal family. But a left wing working class lad who got above his station is fair game, after all by prosecuting Mr Sheridan it takes the heat off the real political crooks who help run this society.