Well, that’s very nice. Indeed, as I try to emphasise when I criticise politicians, I am sure Alex Salmond is a very nice man indeed. I am sure that if I shared a few drams with him in the comfort of a couple of deep armchairs in a hotel bar somewhere in Scotland, we would get on like a house on fire.
But as a politician, despite deep and long thought, I have been unable to come up with a tribute to him which won’t sound sarcastic enough to strip the varnish off an old bannister rail.
So, despite starting to type one, I have not left a comment on the appropriate LDV comment thread.
He is a “respected economist” we are told. Yes, a “respected economist” who couldn’t sort out a half-decent post-independence currency solution.
He is a “great campaigner”. Yes, a “great campaigner” who lost.
He is “very popular in Scotland”. Yes, so “very popular in Scotland” that, by a margin of two to one, Scottish women don’t trust him.
Oh well, at least I have put up a nice photo of him.