The person at the centre of the Michael Matheson story is former SPA Head Andrew Flanagan. In June 2017 Flanagan was criticised by *two* Holyrood committees over governance and secrecy at the SPA. Flanagan subsequently announced his intention to resign.
In July when Phil Gormley became the subject of an investigation by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner, the SPA still under Flanagan, ignored requests for Gormley to be suspended.
In August another complaint was made against Phil Gormley. This brought the number of complaints to two. Gormley stepped down voluntarily in September and was put on Special Leave. This leave was extended after two more complaints came to light. In November 2017, under the stewardship of Andrew Flanagan [who remember was about to resign] the SPA held a secret meeting and decided Phil Gormley should resume his duties. Matheson summoned Flanagan to a meeting the moment he learned of this. The decision was reversed.
Below, in chronological order, is every item broadcast on Reporting Scotland that relates to the Michael Mathson smear attack. It begins on January 10th when BBC Scotland picked up a story published by The Herald newspaper two days earlier. In all, Reporting Scotland ran items relating to the smear eight times. None of the items contain any evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Matheson. Most are based almost entirely on hearsay or allegations levelled by Unionist MSPs. Below is every one in full.
January 10th [morning]
January 10th [evening]
Excerpts from Andrew Flanagan’s appearance earlier that day