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Behind the scenes with Alex Salmond, the man who would break up the United Kingdom

A bitter March wind is whistling off the Clyde, hurrying the last few commuters onto their trains at Glasgow Central Station, but a floor above, in the golden ballroom of the Grand Central Hotel, the man who would tear the United Kingdom...Show More Summary

Alex Salmond launched a bizarre attack on an independent think tank

Alex Salmond, former SNP leader and current parliamentary candidate for the party, savaged the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) in an article written for Scottish newspaper The National. Salmond accuses the think tank of making "elementary mistakes" in its analysis of SNP economic policy and failing to "get their sums right". Show More Summary

Alex Salmond: Noising up politics all over the UK

Former SNP leader is pressing his case for a sovereign Scotland in the beating heart of Britain - London Westminster.

Scottish Government's Position on Fracking Remains Unclear

The Scottish Government have been accused of kicking the issue of fracking into the long grass. Alex Salmond said recently: “I think fracking has a long way to go before it convinces populations across the country. Fracking in a heavily...Show More Summary

Alex Salmond: I’m writing the Labour party budget!

Ed Miliband might not like to talk about an SNP-Labour coalition but the SNP aren’t so shy. In fact, they seem to be revelling in the Tory message of ‘Vote… Continue reading The post Alex Salmond: I’m writing the Labour party budget! appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Attack Adverts (13/03/15)

The Labour Party may be unhappy at the latest attack advert from the Conservatives which show Ed Miliband as being in the pocket of Alex Salmond and the SNP. But Labour is not adverse to playing the man instead of the ball as the party...Show More Summary

Mighty Mouse! (05/04/15)

The Times cartoonist Peter Brookes was fond of portraying Alex Salmond as Mickey Mouse in his time as Scotland's First Minister. But I think Nicola Sturgeon will secretly love this latest 'Minnie Moose' effort because while it's vaguely insulting the cartoon is also funny and shows her coming out on top. And coming out on top in politics, being a winner, counts for everything.

Notes on Nicola Sturgeon

Alex who? I always thought the Tories 'Vote Labour, Get Salmond' schtick was as weak as it was pitiful. It's all very well photo shopping an Ed Milli-band in the former first minister's oversized coat pocket, but when far fewer people south of the border know him and he's no longer calling the shots. Show More Summary

Mighty Mouse!

The Times cartoonist Peter Brookes was fond of portraying Alex Salmond as Mickey Mouse in his time as Scotland's First Minister. But I think Nicola Sturgeon will secretly love this latest 'Minnie Moose' effort because while it's vaguely insulting the cartoon is also funny and shows her coming out on top. And coming out on top in politics, being a winner, counts for everything.

David Herdson says Ed won the debate because Clegg and Bennett didn’t

Why for Dave the strong Sturgeon performance was a sideshow Earlier this campaign, the Conservatives unveiled the above poster showing Ed Miliband in Alex Salmond’s pocket; the inference being that in a hung parliament it would be the SNP pulling Labour’s strings. Nicola Sturgeon’s very capable handling of Thursday’s debate did nothing to reduce the […]

Leaked memo shows Nicola Sturgeon admitting that the SNP prefers Cameron to Miliband

So who does Nicola Sturgeon really want as Prime Minister? Her official line is that she’d put in anyone but the wicked Tories – indeed, Alex Salmond told me last… Continue reading The post Leaked memo shows Nicola Sturgeon admitting that the SNP prefers Cameron to Miliband appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Revealed: The reason behind Alex Salmond’s pink champagne order

After Alex Salmond was outed as ordering pink champagne in not one but two interviews last week, naysayers were quick to ridicule the former Scottish First Minister for his lavish choice… Continue reading The post Revealed: The reason behind Alex Salmond’s pink champagne order appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Alex Salmond invades the stage and appeals to the cultish side of the SNP

Alex Salmond has been oddly absent from the SNP’s spring conference this weekend. Although the former First Minister’s only official positions are as the MSP for Aberdeenshire East and the… Continue reading The post Alex Salmond invades the stage and appeals to the cultish side of the SNP appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Everything Yes voters believe about the Scottish independence referendum is wrong (but that doesn’t matter)

Say this for Alex Salmond: he is entirely typical of the movement he once led. The former First Minister’s new book makes much of what you might deem the referendum’s dirk-in-the-back theory.… Continue reading The post Everything Yes voters believe about the Scottish independence referendum is wrong (but that doesn’t matter) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Exclusive: Alex Salmond says SNP will back Labour unconditionally

“Would you like a glass of pink champagne?” asks Alex Salmond at 3.30pm, sounding very much like a man settling down for the afternoon. It’s Monday and Scotland’s former First… Continue reading The post Exclusive: Alex Salmond says SNP will back Labour unconditionally appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Scots Would Bring Down Minority Conservative Government

Alex Salmond promises that his party will stop the Conservatives trying to form a minority government.

Scottish nationalism is a faith-based initiative, creating its own reality

One of the most notable features of Alex Salmond’s account of the closing stages of last year’s referendum campaign is his hatred of the press and, indeed, the media more… Continue reading The post Scottish nationalism is a faith-based initiative, creating its own reality appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

'Not in a Million Years': Miliband Rules Out Budget Coordination With SNP

SNP leader Alex Salmond will never write the budget plan, Labour Party head Ed Miliband hoped on Monday.

Could the Tories do a deal with the SNP? (Yes they could)

We have been here before, you know. Seven years ago Alex Salmond looked forward to the prospect of a hung parliament and spied an opportunity to ‘make Westminster dance to a… Continue reading The post Could the Tories do a deal with the SNP? (Yes they could) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Yesterday’s interviews could prove to have been Alex Salmond’s Sheffield rally moment

Presumption, as Neil Kinnock will tell you, doesn’t go down well Those of us who are old enough remember the great Labour Sheffield rally before the 1992 General Election which came over in the media as a celebration of the victory that the party presumed was going to happen the following Thursday. It got […]

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