FOllowing the arrest of his fragrant wife Gail for perjury (in relation to a defamation case he initiated) and theft (involving an undisclosed number of miniature bottles) Tommy Sheridan had started to see some in the media come over to his side about the nature of the lengthy investigation into perjury which followed the defamation case. However, just as things seemed to be getting better for the hirsute Tomster calamity: the police leaked a story that tracing had indicated his mobile was used in the vicinity of Cupids nightclub in Manchester – when the Tomster claimed in the case he was elsewhere. How can the Tomster get out of this one? Will the media offer further support?
NOW READ ON…
Well, Gorgeous George Galloway has ridden in from the sunset guns blazing in support of the Govan bigfoot. George, writing in the Daily record (hat tip to my anonymous commenter who notified me of the story) has written a Galloway special – brimming over with rhetorical flourishes.
Under the headline, “I WOULD DEFEND TOMMY EVEN IF I THOUGHT HE WAS GUILTY” which doesn’t bode well aside from the disclaimer “WHICH I DON’T” George compares the police’s actions to an anti-terrorist operation. He notes her suspension for the alleged theft of BA miniatures is a stain on the company (note that big Rab commented that he has been advised by a friend who works as an air hostess that “it is an absolute no-no to take ANYTHING from work, however small, and it is widely accepted that it is a sackable offence to do so. “ although compare with the thread on the Professional Pilots Rumour Network).
Galloway then exceeds himself. He notes that,
“The Procurator Fiscal would be well advised to ponder his chances of finding a jury willing to send the fragrant Mrs Sheridan to prison leaving her little girl an orphan.”
which is a little overstated. As far as I am aware the execution of Mr or Mrs Sheridan will not be an option for the court in either perjury or theft – but as a legislator who regularly attends Parliament George perhaps knows something I don’t. The child won’t be an orphan. At worst she’ll be left to be brought up by her grandfather… Oh, sorry, scrub that. That might not happen either. Anyway – the respective seriousness of the various charges and the conduct will be something taken into account at sentencing (if the relevant parties are found guilty on these charges they all deny).
Additionally, he used the “F” word. Gail is fragrant. George, George, George. We who blog occasionally (and very erratically) on the topic use the word for its allusion to the spouse of one individual with sandy hair on his blemish-free back – and in the hope it might get a cheap laugh. To use the “F” word in your article carries unfortunate Lord Pooterish connotations.
Anyhow George then goes on to push matters that one extra step too far.
“And if he tries and fails he will be open to the charge that this whole thing is a repugnant witch-hunt, Scotland’s own Dreyfus Affair.”
To compare this to the Dreyfus case? Anti-semitism? Procedural corruption? George, j’accuse you of gross hyperbole. Wait and see.
“Tommy Sheridan is a friend of mine and I would defend him even if I thought he was guilty, which I don’t. Because, greater love hath no man… a friend in need… and all that. “
Yes, greater love hath no man than this that he would lay down his friends and his family for his political career (if one view of the case is eventually upheld).
So, while the Georgian cavalry rode in – did our white-hatted hero appear in the newspapers at all?
Well, yes. All Media Scotland reports that the Tomster threatened a Sun journalist door-stepping him. The report of the threats against the Sun journalist, Nick Sharpe, are reported in all their glory.
“In a news story on Saturday, Sharpe reported: “Raging Tommy Sheridan threatened to ‘knock my f****** head off’ as I tried to quiz him about his wife’s theft rap. [Sheridan] grabbed me by one arm and a lapel and slung me off the 3ft high doorstep of his home in Cardonald, Glasgow, before huckling me down the garden path. Snarling Tommy – who has featured in celebrity boxing bouts – even offered me a square go if I stepped back on the premises. With his arms braced in front of him, he yelled: ‘On you come, ON YOU COME!’ As I pleaded with him to calm down, I told him: ‘That’s not a very nice way to talk to the Press, Tommy.’ I said I simply wanted to discuss his wife’s job with British Airways. But he told me just as simply to ‘f*** off’.””
And with that Tommy wins friends up and down the country.
So, threatening a Sun Journalist and having your case compared to both Jeffrey Archer and Dreyfus in the one article. What can happen next? Stay tuned and remember that enquiries continue, and all charges are denied.
Edited for clarification 8.16 pm re: Rab’s comments. See Comments