The SNP's policy on immigration is one I find too loosely defined. It appears as if they would welcome everybody and anybody into an independent Scotland. I disagree with that. We need very firm controls on who enters the country or we will rapidly become the country which becomes known as a 'soft touch'. I don't mean a country which lacks compassion because we do, but we will need to be stringent in our vetting of immigrants.
The Telegraph is reporting Alex Salmond was approached by a local restauranteur, in his constituency office town of Peterhead. The businessman, David Yau, asked Mr Salmond to appeal to the Home Secretary Alan Johnson, on behalf of one of his employees Zheng Bin who wanted to stay in Scotland.
Mr Salmond wrote to Alan Johnson asking him to give "favourable consideration" to Zheng Bin being allowed to stay. He said the man had many friends in the fishing town and had 'integrated' well with the local community. I bet he did. It is well known Peterhead has one of Scotland's most serious drug problems.
Mr Zheng is an illegal Chinese immigrant who was refused asylum in 1998. His appeal was also unsuccessful. In 2007 he was still in the country and was charged by Strathclyde Police with drug offences over allegations he used his home to grow and produce cannabis. After a month in Glasgow's Barlinnie jail, he was released on bail but failed to attend a court hearing in July that year and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
He was working in the kitchen of the Shining Pearl restaurant (Mr Yau's business) in Peterhead until it was raided last week by Grampian Police and the UK Border Agency.
Mr Yau was breaking the law employing Mr Zheng. The law states illegal immigrants cannot undertake paid work. Surely Mr Salmond, or his staff member who dealt with Mr Yau, knew that.
Mr Yau now faces a fine of up to £30,000 for employing illegal workers. He said: "I'm angry at Zheng for not letting me know the situation." He only has himself to blame for employing someone illegally.
Mr Salmond should put his hands up immediately and say he, or one of his staff, got it wrong - very wrong. Don't give pathetic excuses, a sincere apology is far more effective and it would bring a breath of fresh air into the political scene where half-truths and excuses are the norm. Leave it to fester and his political opponents will use it as a stick with which to beat him.
Efrafandays has his slightly different take on it.
Editor's note: I see the Telegraph had three anti-SNP articles yesterday. Quite an interest from a London based paper wouldn't you say.