If ever there was a case which needed the ability to make a judgement of not proven, which they have in Scotland, it was the one against Chris Kahui.
He was the father of twins Chris and Cru whose tragic lives and deaths are currently the subject of an inquest.
Kahui was acquitted of murder but let’s not confuse that with innocence. All it means is the jury found the case against him was not proven beyond reasonable doubt.
That doesn’t mean he killed his babies but nor does it mean he was cleared of the violence which plagued their lives and eventually caused their deaths.
Now Ian Wishart has written a book telling the story of the twins’ mother, Macsyna King. I won’t be buying it but nor will I join the call to boycott it.
That isn’t the same as banning it but it’s close.
Free expression requires that the author and his subject must also be free to tell, and sell, the story even if we don’t want to, and won’t, read it.