Posted on August 31, 2021 by Rev. Stuart Campbell
Her Majesty’s Prisoner No. 157095, or Craig Murray as we still prefer to call him, is a fascinating piece of living evidence of the Kafkaesque country Scotland has become under the despotic rule of Nicola Sturgeon.
Craig has a number of serious medical conditions, one of which causes him frequent dizziness and fainting spells. To gauge their severity (because obviously it’s hard for Craig to judge, given that he’s dizzy and/or fainting at the time), his doctor gave him a device called a pulse oximeter. Depending on the readings from it after an attack, Craig’s life could be in danger and an ambulance should be called.
HMP Edinburgh, however, confiscated the device when he was taken into custody, on the grounds that it uses batteries and batteries could be used for some unspecified nefarious purpose in prison. (Presumably in the rare moments when Craig isn’t getting high from smoking drug-soaked books or running an illegal-postage-stamp empire.)
But because presumably even the Scottish prison authorities realise that it would look quite bad if a political prisoner like Craig died in jail, they did offer him an alternative.
As a civil rather than criminal prisoner – the only one in Saughton, in fact – one of the few privileges is that Craig has a single cell. But to get around the problem of his potentially dying because of the removal of his oximeter, the prison offered Craig a shared cell, on the basis that if he collapsed the other prisoner could call for help.
(We can only assume that HMP Edinburgh has a large number of medically-expert inmates with the ability to accurately judge someone’s blood oxygen level after a fainting fit without any measuring equipment and determine whether emergency intervention is required.)
In the meantime, of course, The Times is merrily serialising a grubby smear of a book which incredibly obviously commits contempt of court at least as serious as that for which Craig is incarcerated. On the test set out by Lady Dorrian – which is that just one person with pre-existing intimate knowledge of one of the accusers might be able to identify them as a complainer from something published in a newspaper or website – a minimum of three Times articles in the four days contain information which enables one or more of the accusers to be easily recognised by anyone who wants to.
But what gets Craig Murray an eight-month prison sentence gets “mainstream” Scottish “journalists” a lucrative book deal instead. We imagine it could get quite interesting if they do a signing tour where people are allowed to ask them questions.
As ever, if you can spare a few minutes to write to Craig he very much appreciates your letters, gifts of books etc which help to fill the slow-moving 22.5 hours of every day that he’s locked in his cell.
His address is:
157095 C Murray
G3/34 HM Prison Edinburgh
33 Stenhouse Road
Alternatively you can email him via the officially-sanctioned Email A Prisoner service. This costs 40p per message, but Craig can reply and video chats are even possible (although sending photo attachments is NOT allowed at HMP Edinburgh).