KENNY MacAskill really ought to know better. His party has had to issue a humiliating apology after putting the justice minister and two Central Scotland Police officers on one of their leaflets in the Glasgow East campaign. Electoral rules explicitly forbid the use of officers on party election literature if they can be identified.
Now, you would have thought that the SNP justice minister, who is also a lawyer, would have known that, wouldn’t you?
An SNP spokeswoman said the party had issued an apology to the officers involved through the Scottish Police Federation and said that the leaflets had now been withdrawn. Maybe the much-heralded 1000* SNP activists expected to take part in the campaign today can be put on shredding duties.
Of course, MacAskill has form on using the police for political ends.
* That’s the SNP calculation. So about a dozen in real money