Did Neale Hanvey actually say “Ukrainian independence needed to be balanced against Russia’s security concerns”? Reuben Duffy claims that he did. His entire critique of Alba Party’s stance on the Russian invasion of Ukraine is based on these words. Yet he neglects to provide a source. And I can find nothing in any published statement from the party which remotely resembles the words Reuben Duffy attributes to Neale Hanvey.
My provisional conclusion, pending some further explanation from Mr Duffy, is that he has misinterpreted what Mr Hanvey said. The resemblance of the article to maliciously dishonest propaganda may be accidental. Mr Duffy may have made a genuine mistake. Or perhaps Neale Hanvey actually did speak as Reuben Duffy asserts, but the professional writer and author of “an academic report focused on Scotland’s foreign policy footprint” simply failed to properly identify his source in a way that cannot do other than call into question his credibility.
Questions arise, also, for The National. The newspaper has presented the article as if it represents authoritative analysis and dispassionate commentary. If my suspicions prove to be well-founded, then it is neither.
Edit Sunday 27 February 2022 14:15
Interesting response from Neale Hanvey.
Edit Tuesday 01 March 2022 06:30
The latest chapter in this sad wee saga is authored by Alex Salmond. As this has been published by The National this morning Neale Hanvey may feel his demand for a right of reply has been satisfied.
Mr Duffy claims to have found a fatal flaw in Alba’s arguments when Neale Hanvey condemned the Russian invasion and called for diplomacy based on Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity but addressing Russia’s security concerns. Neale at no stage said, as claimed by Duffy, that Ukrainian independence had to be “balanced” against Russian security concerns. If Duffy had a decent argument then he wouldn’t have to make things up.Alex Salmond: This is no time for puerile whataboutery from politicians
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