An International Embarrassment by Alastair Carmichael

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Butterfly Rebellion


On receipt of an official government memo, leaked by a senior civil servant, the Daily Telegraph newspaper published on 3 April an account of a meeting between Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the French Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Sylvie Bermann. According to this document the First Minister was purported to have said that she would prefer to see David Cameron remain in Downing Street after the general election, and that she did not see Ed Miliband as “Prime Minister material.” Immediately upon the publication of the paper both Her Excellency Sylvie Bermann and Nicola Sturgeon denied that these things were said in their discussion. What was known for sure from the first was that this leak came from the Scotland Office; the headquarters of the British administration in Scotland (based in London and Edinburgh).

By the following morning Sir Jeremy Heywood, Cabinet Secretary, had ordered a full leak inquiry; not…

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