THE SUNDAY MAIL
All allegations of sexual abuse should be thoroughly investigated by police and prosecutors irrespective of the cost.
However, there are not many cases, even of the most serious in nature, which will be assigned up to 14 officers for almost two years at a cost of more than £800,000.
In the course of its investigation into Alex Salmond, Police Scotland took 386 statements and the former first minister was cleared of all 14 charges.
Nicola Sturgeon, pictured right, to face vote of no confidence on Wednesday if she doesn’t resign before
He had already won his judicial review against the Scottish Government at a further cost of more than £600,000 to the public purse.
If the total bill for this colossal mess ever emerges it will run into many millions.
Something has gone badly wrong and rather than be open and transparent, ministers and senior civil servant have avoided taking responsibility at all costs.
The question is whether it is now going to cost Nicola Sturgeon at the polls in May.