Fans love cross-over stuff, or the idea of cross-over stuff: Daleks and Cybermen; the Macra and cat-people; Abbot and Costello and Frankenstein; Holby City and Casualty; that American law programme that was all serious and that other American law programme with the woman in it that had mad visions – you know the sort of thing.
Well, for legal observers in Scotland we have the prospect of our own cross-over match-up. In one corner, Tommy Sheridan, the Govan bigfoot, a hairy man with a problem. Ths socialist independence supporting firebrand who has broken up as many parties as Dr Owen is in trouble. Some time ago, he raised a court action suing a Rupert Murdoch owned newspaper for making various allegations about his lifestyle (of a sort of four legs good, six legs better, eight legs fantastic type nature). The Tomster won, but since then has been subjected to a perjury investigation, and last weekend was arrested.
In the other corner, Donald Findlay QC, a man criticised by the World Socialist Website as a protestant bigot following an unfortunate recording of his singing sectarian songs was leaked to the Daily Record, a Conservative party activist who campaigned against a Scottish parliament, and former vice-chairman of Rangers FC. It just so happens that Findlay is one of Scotland’s finest defence laywers.
What could the socialist nationalist and the Conservative unionist have in common? Aside from a certain hirsute quality (Findlay has one of the finest moustaches and sideburn combinations in legal history; Sheridan is famously so hairy that he was described by one newspaper as “Cheetah not a cheater”), both being stitched up by the tabloids, and having a certain drive for self-publicity, surely these opposites could never work together?
Surely they could never be seen in the same courtroom?
On the same side?
You mean, they can?
Fantastic. The sooner the Crown Office or PF department make a decision on prosecution and this gets going so that video-blogging can begin, the better.
ETA Oh, and the Tomster has a facebook group to defend him against the Murdoch witch-hunt accessible here. Not seen a Donald Findlay facebook group yet, but it must only be a matter of time.