The title is the headline in today's Times Scottish section, yet there is little mention that he's served in the Commons for 23 years. The author goes on to say, 'The news that Mr Salmond is to take the money, despite continuing his political career at Holyrood, sparked a row which overshadowed his final speech to the House of Commons'. Did it now? Methinks there's a little spinning going on by Ms Davidson.
A spokesman for Mr Salmond defended his decision to take the pay-off, pointing out that he donates one third of his MSP's salary to charity. I have no problem whatsoever with Alex Salmond accepting his golden handshake. I do have problems with the likes of Stephen Byers receiving his.
Yesterday Alex Salmond gave his valedictory speech in the Commons telling MPs he had never been more convinced of the need for independence.
He told MPs he had enjoyed his 23 years debating in the Commons which was "second only to the Scottish parliamentary chamber".
That statement possibly caused more ire than the matter of his golden handshake!