Blogger Mark MacLachlan Arrested

Now it gets interesting.  Mark MacLachlan, the former constituency office manager to Mike Russell (what portfolio at the Scottish Executive does he hold this week?) has been arrested and bailed for breach of the peace.

This relates to his blog, Universality of Cheese which was used to make scurrilous remarks about opposition politicians with shades of the Dolly Draper und Damian McBride scandal.  On being identified as the blog author in November 2009, it was taken down and he was resigned (correct usage of the auxiliary verb).  Russell’s responses have varied between insisting he had no knowledge of such a blog being run by his constituency office manager to pleading that he took no interest in it.

I do not think this is a case of a member of an Executive minister using the Police to arrest someone whom he wishes to sue for libel.  Instead, there are allegations that MacLachan made veiled threats against Russell in a series of e-mails in which he expected equitable arrangements to be made.

Hmm, this could end up in court.

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2 Responses to “Blogger Mark MacLachlan Arrested”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Hmmm I see you’re incredibly well uniformed. Bailed? Taken down? Libel? Veiled?

    Do keep up old sausage it’s been online since December….

    http://the-universality-of-cheese.blogspot.com/

  2. efrafandays Says:

    Mark, as I said to you over at Liberal Democrat Voice, seriously take a vow of silence on this:

    http://www.libdemvoice.org/controversial-scottish-blogger-arrested-17669.html

    I am recounting what has been said in the national press. If these allegations are inaccurate, I am happy to link to supportive evidence.

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