Mr Sheridan put it to Mr Green during cross-examination that the minutes were fake, and were part of a plot to topple him. “This so-called minute is as genuine as a ten-bob note, isn’t it?” he said. Mr Green replied: “No, Tommy, you know it is true.”
Mr Green then accused the MSP of taking “a shameful step to smear good comrades. For you to turn round and accuse the likes of myself of monstrous frame-ups is an appalling thing for you to do,” he said. “I can hardly believe you are doing this. You know that, like yourself, I have spent a lifetime to build up the socialist movement. You can lie, accuse me of monstrous frame-ups, none of it the truth. It is shameful, Tommy, shameful.”
Mr Green said that problems had arisen as to how the matter of the newspaper article should be handled. He said that Mr Sheridan had accepted that the claims were true but “wanted to prove the story was false”.
Party workers pleaded with him to drop the court case, knowing how much damage it would do to the party, he said.
“Nobody at the meeting favoured Tommy’s course of action. Everyone agreed that Tommy should admit the story or maintain that his private life is not for public discussion,” Mr Green said.
There's a real Freudian slip from Sheridan as well. The expression is 'bent as a nine-bob note'. The ten-bob note is genuine.