From: Michael Russell
Date: 10 February 2012 08:25:56 GMT
To: Sally Loudon
Subject: Today’s Herald
I am on the boat to Mull and have just read the Herald. I cannot remember being as angry . The thought that my constituents have been “spied on” by a senior member of your staff is truely outrageous. And when I consider the likelihood that I was one of these people, then words almost fail me.
If the article is not true I am sure you will tell me that immediately. If it is true then not only must disciplinary action be immediate but I will also be calling for a full independent external inquiry.
There are significant issues under the data protection and standards legislation that will require consideration. In addition I also understand that the activities undertaken by staff may have included posting comments about opposition political figures on websites so there will need to be a full and open account given of all these “spying” activities and information produced as to where the “product” of this spying ended up. Who saw it or was told of it? Did senior officials and administration councillors have access to it? All these matters demand rigorous investigation with no delay.
Finally all this must be undertaken with total transparency and to that end I am releasing this to the media.