House of Lords

16 Dec 1996

Baroness Blatch: My noble friend Lord Burton also made reference to Thomas Hamilton and the possibility of his involvement with the Masons.  In his report at paragraph 5.6, Lord Cullen said: "I am satisfied that he [Hamilton] was not a member of the Masons".   But I should put it on record that Mr. McMurdo has made it clear that he is not and has never been a member of a Masonic lodge [Ed.~ To whom was it made clear and what was the exact terminology?  Both Lord Cullen and the Lord Advocate Colin Boyd used their secretaries to impart that self-same terminology in a response to this website editor's question, asking them if they were Masons.  They refused to respond personally to the question, but got someone else to respond in the negative on their behalf.  Why?  Simply because it's a Masonic ruse and one of the maneouvres to avoid answering for themselves whether they are Masons or not!  Inevitably, too many additional awkward questions would follow.]  and I understand that the allegations have caused him a good deal of personal distress.  Therefore the warning is that we should be very careful when making allegations that we have some evidence to make them rather than impugn unnecessarily someone's character.  [Ed. ~ It could only cause Douglas McMurdo (former Deputy Chief Constable of Central Police) a good deal of personal distress if it was discovered he was a member of a Masonic lodge. For that would explain beyond doubt why Hamilton, and Freemasonry, were shielded for years.  Even after his death Hamilton's Masonic affiliation was concealed by Cullen at his Inquiry.  So if Douglas McMurdo was not in fact a Mason, by simply asking him, how could it possibly cause him a "good deal of personal distress"?]

My noble friend Lord Burton also criticised the Central Scotland Police.  Lord Cullen's inquiry examined thoroughly Central Scotland Police's actions [Liar! ~ ed].  The deputy chief constable, Mr. McMurdo, resigned from the force and from his post in Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland.  Of course, there are lessons to be learned from Lord Cullen's findings.  Police forces throughout Britain are learning them, and those as well as the other factors identified by Lord Cullen will enable Home Office guidance to the police to be comprehensive when it is finally agreed and issued.  [Ed.~ Who exactly will learn the lessons?  Is the lessons to be learned intended for the police per se, or was it intended for the Masonic Brotherhood?]

Perhaps I may say this to my noble friend Lord Burton.  Talk of a cover-up is nonsense.  The procurator fiscal and the Lord Advocate made it clear to the public that anybody, but anybody, with any information should disclose it to the procurator fiscal who would then arrange for it to be placed before the Cullen Inquiry.  There have been two inquiries.  These allegations are outrageous.  They imply that my noble and learned friend the Lord Advocate, who has sat with me throughout the debate, and Lord Cullen deliberately concealed relevant lines of inquiry from public scrutiny.  They did not, my Lords.  My noble friend really must provide evidence if he continues to make those kinds of allegations.

My noble friend Lord Burton also referred to the seizure of gun clubs' records.  He will know that when he first brought this point to me I expressed some sympathy with the points he made.  Records were taken possession of by the police in accordance with recognised Scottish procedures.  Acting on the instructions of the procurator fiscal, the police seized the records of all the gun clubs with whom Hamilton was known to have been associated.  [Ed ~ What about the shooting range at Queen Victoria School (QVS) in Dunblane?]   No receipts were issued by the police.  It is not normal for such receipts to be issued in Scotland.  The records were required for the Cullen inquiry and for the fatal accident inquiry into the death of Mrs. Mayor, the class teacher.  That inquiry took place last month.

 

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