Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Mr John Maxton MP
This letter is to acknowledge receipt of the letter
you sent me in response to mine of May 17th.
As I have come to expect it was evasive, misleading
and largely irrelevant. But it is one more example to add to the
many I shall be able to show the members of the Committee.
You make no effort to answer the very basic questions
I asked you but I do not intend asking them again as I am sure
that you will as ever try to fob me off with the same nonsense.
I make only one new point. In my letter I did not
say that you had said in your letter of January 25th that you
would wait for my response. I simply said "On January 27th
you stated that you would wait a response from me before deciding
whether to take the matter further."
For your information I enclose a copy of the BBC
Scotland Web Site on the story at the time in which you are quoted
as saying, "it is important that I give the members of parliament
every opportunity immediately to give their side of the story
and to provide me with evidence as to what did or did not occur.
When that`s happened I have to decide whether
I should take the matter further or whether I have no need to.
If I need to take it further I will, of course, have
to call witnesses and call for further evidence from the complainant"
(in case you try to claim you were misquoted I should inform you
that I have a recording of the interview you did that evening
from which these extract words are taken.)
If you wish to make a response to this then only
do so if you are going to give me a straight answer.
25 May 2000