I was content that he and Tasmina secured a slot for his weekly Show on RT, despite Sturgeon’s views to the contrary . I have watched most of the episodes. Alex is an excellent host, and it is well produced by Tasmina. I, of course, accept that Kremlin-owned RT had not even attempted to exercise any form of editorial control over the Show. “The Alex Show” (and several other programmes) have provided credibility for non-Russian viewers in the UK and elsewhere.

However, things have changed and we should not forget that RT stands for “Russia Today” and TODAY Russia is invading a neighbouring independent country, Ukraine. It’s quite blatant. Vladimir Putin, in my opinion, is an unreconstructed former KGB Colonel in Leningrad (sic) and quite a rational megalomaniac, states that “Ukraine has no right to exist” and “is an artificial country”!

What does Alex mean when he writes ” … until peace is re-established?” Who decides that? Is that when Russian subjugation of the Ukrainian people is achieved and there is no overt fighting? There is nothing “statesmanship” about that.

Alex is just giving our opponents ammunition to lob back at us. Sturgeon and her clique are having a field day. He has not even identified President Putin as the Russian aggressor-in-chief. The unambiguous naming by Alex would certainly test his editorial independence in RT broadcasts!

I have been dipping into RT News bulletins over the two days and can scant mention of the thousands off demonstrators on the Russian street “Against the War”, or the near two thousands who have been already arrested for that offence. It’s one thing to demonstrate in Edinburgh or Glasgow, but in Moscow against the Putin regime?! 

In the world of “real politik”, Alex has made a big error and I fear it will act against the ALBA Party in May. Older readers may remember the personal stand in a BBC UK-wide broadcast in 1999 he took against NATO bombing of strategic targets in Serbia when the Serbs were carrying out a murderous campaign of ethic cleansing in the later new independent Republic of Kosovo just before the first elections for the first new Scottish Parliament. In my opinion again, it could have cost us seats in that first Parliament. Was that “statesmanlike”?

Alex condemns unacceptable abuse against Tasmina, as I do. Further, he called for prayers against any “escalation” of the war. I assume he means the military invasion of independent Ukraine by Russia but apparently can’t can bring himself to say these words. I wonder why?

Alex Salmond, SNP Justice and the Moorov Doctrine

Some Thoughts from former SNP MSP Bill Walker


Over the last couple of weeks I have been trying to articulate my thoughts on the outcome of the Alex Salmond trial and his acquittal and, in light of my own experience, consider what implications this could have for the SNP and the historic and unique Moorov Doctrine in Scots Law.


Alex was charged with 13 counts of sexual assault against nine women and, after a two-week trial by a female-majority jury in the Edinburgh High Court, the verdict was quite clear: Salmond was found not guilty of any “criminality” in 12 charges, with the last charge determined as being not proven.  A jury had cleared him of all charges.  Although Salmond’s defence team admitted some “inappropriate” behaviour with female staff and colleagues, they were successful in convincing the jury that nothing was criminal or illegal in his actions.


The Salmond trial has occurred at the time when I am currently engaged in completing Volume Two of my memoirs, entitled “Politics in My Life”, and it has caused me to re-consider the behaviour of the SNP hierarchy in the lead-up to my own nine-day trial in 2013. My own trial was conducted in the lower Edinburgh Sheriff Court with no jury. I was found guilty of 23 charges of domestic abuse against three women by a sheriff sitting alone.


Prior to my trial, the behaviour of the leadership of the SNP, which I had joined in 1974, caused me great distress in 2011, not long after I had been elected as SNP MSP for Dunfermline.  In my case, the SNP leadership were made aware of accusations against me in 2008.  Instead of informing me at that time of these complaints, they secretly retained this information, allegedly conducted a covert investigation without my knowledge and only subsequently advised me in 2011.


It is incredulous to believe that when my my former wife’s former brother-in-law, Robin Armstrong, walked into the Constituency Office of the then Deputy Leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, to make complaints against me, that she was unaware of these complaints.  Indeed, I suspect most people would suggest that it be inconceivable, given Nicola’s close relationships with Mhairi Hunter, her Constituency Office Manager who received these complaints, and Peter Murrell, SNP Chief Executive and Nicola’s soon-to-be husband at SNP HQ, who received Mhairi’s Complaint Report that same day.


When in 2010 I took steps to get on the SNP’s “List of Approved Potential Parliamentary Candidates” for the upcoming Scottish Elections in May 2011, at no stage of the very inquisitorial vetting process was any reference made to any complaint about me. I did, however, confirm in my application my appearance in the civil court as part of previous divorce proceedings.


It wasn’t until September 2011 that I was called in to SNP HQ by Ian McCann, Corporate Governance and Compliance Manager, to tell me that “a complaint had been received about me” – some three and a half years previously! I was flabbergasted. At my request, I was given a copy of the Complaint Report to Peter Murrell, although McCann had no explanation of why this complaint had not been disclosed to me sooner. I responded to these allegations in writing, all with relevant references. When I submitted this documentation and asked what would be done with my responses, he answered: “Nothing at present. We’ll just keep it on file, in case it’s ever needed”. His parting words to me were along the lines of: “I suggest you destroy/burn your copy of the Complaint Report on this matter”. I didn’t, of course, do that.


Nevertheless, having been previously suspended from the Party in March 2012 following a Sunday newspaper report, I was then expelled the following month for apparently not completing an application form “correctly”.  I was treated as persona non grata by the Party.  I had been well and truly “dumped”, albeit this did not extend to most members in my constituency and many MSPs in Parliament. In fact, I was widely encouraged to fight the suspension and appeal the later expulsion.


I notice that Alex Salmond said after his acquittal that he had wished to the raise certain issues in his defence during his trial, but was legally unable to do so. Now that he has been acquitted of all charges, I await with interest his disclosure of the evidence he believes demonstrates the ‘political conspiracy’ against him by the SNP and the Scottish Government. It is deeply disturbing and ominous to think that the SNP may be sitting on dossiers on ordinary activists and elected members to potentially use against them at a later date. However, as my own and Salmond’s more recent treatment indicate, these dangerous tactics appear to be embedded practice in my former party. I await a thorough cleaning out of the SNP at the top. The Salmond disclosures promise to be revealing, to say the least.


Of course, both in my case and in Salmond’s, the prosecution in court sought to deploy the Moorov Doctrine.  Indeed before asking the jury to retire to consider their verdict, the judge in the Salmond trial, Lady Dorrian, reminded members of the jury of the existence of the historic and unique Moorov Doctrine in Scots Law, under which all or some charges in an alleged pattern of behaviour could be judged to corroborate each other, even though none could be proved in their own right.  Happily for Alex Salmond, the jury appear to have decided that, certainly in 12 of the charges, there was a “non-pattern” of accusations from eight of the complainers.


In my own trial in 2013, the sheriff, Mrs Mackie, was “judge, jury and executioner” and did not have the encumbrance of a jury to deal with. She alone decided that the Moorov Doctrine (intended originally to apply over a short term for sexual charges) could apply for all 23 historic domestic abuse charges over the 27 years period from 1967 to 1993/5, without any individual allegation being specifically proved.  Indeed, I believe objective documented defence evidence submitted disproved several of the prosecution claims but, apparently under the Moorov Doctrine this could be disregarded.


A number of judicial writers have questioned the operation of the Moorov Doctrine over the years. It may have been acceptable, indeed appropriate, in Glasgow for a sexual assaults case when it came into existence in 1930 but, nowadays, with so much electronic, documentary and other forensic evidence available from a multitude of sources, the days of the Moorov Doctrine, should be numbered.  Its use has now spread widely to many branches of the criminal law.  I look forward to a serious judicial review of the Moorov Doctrine and its applicability today in Scots Law.  It does not exist elsewhere in the UK.




1. “Bill Walker: My Story – Vol. 1 A Private and Professional Life”, Amazon Books, September 2017


2. “Bill Walker: My Story – Vol. 2 Politics in My Life”, Amazon Books, due to be published later in 2020


All correspondence to

Mr Joseph Miller of Dunfermline

A Tribute to Joseph G Miller (Joe) of Dunfermline


I was very saddened to learn of the death (12 May 2019) of Joe Miller, a great and supportive friend, in Dunfermline.

I have known Joe for many years.  He was a great patriot and a long-term fighter for the Cause of Scottish Independence.  A prolific writer to the press, Joe’s letters were always concise and cogent, a style I longed to copy but failed in miserably.  Always gentlemanly and polite, Joe’s manner was focused on the substance of an argument and not on the personalities involved.

At the time of my campaign to win the Dunfermline seat in the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary Election, Joe was Convener of  the Dunfermline Constituency Branch of the Scottish National Party (SNP).  Together with my Election Agent, Alan Stewart, he kept me on the “straight and narrow” and helped organise all the other volunteers in that successful campaign.

After my resignation from Parliament in September 2013, Joe and his wife, Joellen, were very supportive and helpful to me and my wife, June.  Perhaps the largest legacy to me was his assistance with Volume One of my autobiography (Bill Walker: My Story) published in September 2017.  Joe was always attempting to curb my tendency towards verbosity and recently finalised his Foreword to Volume Two, due to be published later this year.

Ever the courteous gentleman, I shall remember Joe fondly.  My thoughts are with Joellen and their children, Carol and William, at this extremely sad time of loss.

(Signed) William G Walker







Sorry for Delay!


I must apologise for the delay in publishing Volume 2 of my autobiography “Bill Walker: My Story”.  Especial apologies to those readers who planned to acquire this book as a Christmas present!

Volume 1 concerned my “Private and Professional Life” and has generated a lot of comment.  It was very detailed but not one request for a correction has been received!  The same diligence is being applied to Volume 2, now entitled “Politics in My Life”.  This is taking a bit more time than anticipated due to additional material to be considered following recent research.

So, sorry about all this but keep checking this blog for updates.


Bill Walker, former MSP for Dunfermline

All correspondence to



Brexit and Salzburg

I’ve had another “Letter to the Editor” published in The Sunday Times yesterday (23 Sep 2018,page 28), following my previous one last month.  It was on Brexit and Theresa May’s meeting in Salzburg last week and is reproduced below.

Salzburg is a lovely place to visit but evidently not for any type of “negotiation”!



Dear Sir

Clean Break

Last month you published my letter on Brexit in which I said “we shall get nowhere by simply being nice to people”. And so it has come to pass in Salzburg.

Of course, as good neighbours we must continue being civil with our existing EU partners but with a clean leaving date on 29 Mar 2019. We should pay our legally required bills and then seek, separately, free-trading arrangements with the remaining EU and the rest of the world. Any border issues between the UK and Ireland are a matter for those two governments

Each convoluted move to appease the divided Conservative Party and suck up to the EU hierarchy is doomed. Let’s get on with it.

Yours faithfully

William G Walker



Scotland’s Future in EFTA?

Efta is the Best Deal We’ll Get

I was so impressed after reading Lord David Owen’s Comment article in The Sunday Times of 05 Aug 2018 that, after a gap of five years of writing to the Press, I submitted a letter in support to the Letters Editor.

This was published yesterday (12 Aug 2018) as the lead letter in a section entitled “Efta is the best deal we’ll get”.  I reproduce it below but have reinstated some text which, I believe, aids my message.

The current political position is a mess.  I have tried here to use the teachings of the Scottish Enlightenment, i.e logic and rational thinking. but is anyone listening?  There might just be time to avoid disastrous political decision-making of the past.


“Dear Sir,

A Brexit Solution?

Lord David Owen is right. The people of the UK, in a “people’s vote”, have already decided to leave the European Union (EU), now set for 29 Mar 2019. A logical next step is to resume our membership of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and so stay in the European Economic Area (EEA) as a non-EU member. This would be as part of the “EFTA governance” pillar of the EEA which would separate us from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to which EU countries subscribe, thus ensuring UK national sovereignty.

However, we would be subject to EEA jurisdiction in our trading where the governing treaty, based on the Vienna Convention, determines the outcome, not the EU’s ECJ. It is outrageous to think that we are leaving the EU but might somehow still be subject to its Court.

It is infantile in the extreme for Theresa May to think that the UK can get a bespoke deal with the EU based on the now dead Chequers cabinet “understanding”. Quite frankly, the EU has bigger fish to fry and we shall get nowhere simply by being nice to people. Asserting strongly our right to paddle our own canoe, after settling any final membership dues to the EU on leaving – certainly not £39 billion – is the logical way to go.

I commend Lord Owen’s correspondence with the Prime Minister. Hopefully, she is reading and thinking. She might even want to recruit him to her now seriously depleted Brexit team!

Yours faithfully

William G Walker








Bill Walker: My Story” – Volume 2 to be Published in 2018

Bill Walker, former Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Dunfermline Constituency, has welcomed the positive reception to Volume 1 of his recently published autobiography, ‘Bill Walker: My Story’ and advises of the forthcoming release of Volume 2.

Commenting, Mr Walker said:
“I have been very, very pleased at the reception given to the first volume of my autobiography, covering my private and professional life, since its original publication via Amazon Books, on 10 Sep 2017 as an e-book, followed by the paperback on 29 Sep 2017.

“To date, I have not received a single request for a correction which is a relief in view of all the detail I provided.  I appreciate that the content of Volume 1 was frequently technical and business-oriented, yet I was glad to have been advised by one reviewer that it was “never boring!”.

Mr Walker continued:
“I am now working on Volume 2, entitled ‘Politics and Justice?’, in which ‘Setting the Record Straight’ will again be both the subtitle and my objective. This volume will focus on the murky world of party political manipulation and control and my treatment by a Scottish criminal justice system that I would suggest has shown tenuous concern for the pursuit and delivery of justice. My entry into elected politics, after a long professional career and nearly forty years as an SNP activist, exposed me to the ubiquitous personal and political treachery that operates at the highest level.

“When published next year, Volume 2 will provide an account of my experience which will meticulously detail how the SNP hierarchy were both aware of allegations made by a relation of a former wife many years prior to my candidacy and election as an MSP, and then embroiled in orchestrating a political cover-up”.


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                                                               Vol1 - FrontCoverJPEGfromDavid
 “Bill Walker: My Story” Autobiography Now Available in
Bill has now published Volume One of his autobiography, “Bill Walker: My Story”, as a hard-copy PAPERBACK, available online through Amazon Books *.
Subtitled “Setting the Record Straight”, Bill Walker first covers a private and professional life, full of interest and surprise.
From humble origins, he became a patent-earning leader in the global development of nuclear medicine scanning, before entering other professional areas.
His private life was less smooth with periods of great happiness, fulfilment, frustration and desperate sadness.
His later entry into elected politics exposed personal and political treachery against him at the highest level.
Bill Walker has much to say about the murky world of internal party politics and his treatment by a Scottish legal system which, his supporters suggest, had little connection with the pursuit of justice.
Best regards
The Publishing Team
* “Bill Walker: My Story” can be found online at Amazon Books, as both a downloadable e-book and now a paperback. Photographs accompanying both books can be found on his blog, as posted earlier this month.


News Release

Former SNP MSP Bill Walker Publishes Autobiography
Bill Walker, the former SNP MSP for Dunfermline, has now published his autobiography, “Bill Walker: My Story”.
Subtitled “Setting the Record Straight”, Bill Walker first covers a private and professional life, full of interest and surprise.
From humble origins, Bill Walker became a patent-earning leader in the global development of nuclear medicine scanning, before entering other professional areas.
His private life was less smooth with periods of great happiness, fulfilment, frustration and desperate sadness.
His later entry into elected politics exposed personal and political treachery against him at the highest level.
Bill Walker has much to say about the murky world of internal party politics and his treatment by a Scottish legal system which, his supporters suggest, had little connection with the pursuit of justice.
“Bill Walker: My Story” can be found online on Amazon Books, first as an e-book. It may be downloaded directly onto a Kindle or, via a free Kindle Reader, onto virtually any computer to read.  Photographs accompanying the e-book can be found on this blog immediately preceding this post.

A Quieter but Busy Life 1996-2008

18.15  With future wife June atop the Sky Tower in Auckland. Dec 2008

A Quieter but Busy Life 1996-2008

18.14  With Scots-born Australian cousins Gordon and Florence at her home outside Melbourne. Nov 2008

A Quieter but Busy Life 1996-2008

18.13  My client in Gdansk with whom I worked from 2003 to 2005

A Quieter but Busy Life 1996-2008

18.12  Reliving our Ohio-Nuclear days with Dr Philip Stimpson, Chairman of Mediwatch Plc, at a watering hole in Houston, Renfrewshire. Summer 2005

A Quieter but Busy Life 1996-2008

18.11  Former wife Diana Walker at her home in Airth with our lovely dog, Ailsa, during one of my dog-walking visits, shortly before Diana had her put down. Summer 2003

A Quieter but Busy Life 1996-2008

18.10  June (on right) and I with our good friends from my teenage years, John and Sheila Beak (now resident in Canada), in the Red Lion at Culross, Fife. Feb 2003

A Quieter but Busy Life 1996-2008

18.09  Ian and I with other exhibitors on the Glasgow, Scotland stand at Nor-Shipping 2003 in Oslo

A Quieter but Busy Life 1996-2008

18.08  With my SHIPS business partner, Ian Chisholm, at the Nor-Shipping Exhibition in Oslo. Jun 2003

A Quieter but Busy Life 1996-2008


18.07  My double-sided 2003 business card. I carried out work across the range of markets and skills indicated

A Quieter but Busy Life 1996-2008

18.06  Anne at her favourite vista just south of Ardvasar. Oct 2002

A Quieter but Busy Life 1996-2008

18.05  With Anne Gruber at dinner in the Ardvasar \hotel, Skye. Oct 2002

A Quieter but Busy Life 1996-2008

18.04  My eldest son, Alastair, on a visit to Edinburgh, one year before he died in Aug 2001

A Quieter but Busy Life 1996-2008

18.03  My listing as a Consultant in the 1999 Babcock-led Team assembled to bid for the management of the Atomic Weapons Establishment site at Aldermarston

A Quieter but Busy Life 1996-2008

18.02  With my mother celebrating her 84th birthday at Bogside. Jul 1998

A Quieter but Busy Life 1996-2008

18.01  At my Bogside home with Topsy, my favourite pussycat of all time! Oct 1997