It was a feisty First Minister today who won hands down. Obviously the losing of yesterday's court case hasn't dampened his spirit. For politics it was also good entertainment so do have a look at the videos.
Iain Gray's questions on the SNP manifesto pledges which remained unfulfilled were met with a robust list of those which had been met in the three years the SNP have been in government. His comment that the SNP voted with the tories 70% of the time was met with perhaps the best response of the session from the FM: "Labour voted 75% of the time with the tories."
Annabel Goldie's question reiterated the one asked on Sunday at the Sky Scottish debate. The hypothetical question was, "If Thomas Hamilton had lived and been imprisoned would he have been given early release if he had contacted cancer? How can he support the release of one mass murdered (Megrahi) and totally oppose the realise of another?" Alex Salmond had answered no on Sunday then had his reply interrupted. Today he also answered no, explaining that Hamilton would not have passed the first principle set down by the Scottish Prison Service. Mrs Goldie didn't appear to be aware what the principle was so the FM enlightened her explaining the 'first principle' is that the offender's release should not create the risk of re-offending or endanger public safety'.
Mr Salmond said: "Whatever may be said about the release of Mr Al-Megrahi, nobody seriously believes that his release would put the safety of the Scottish public."
Libdem leader Tavish Scott raised the question of banks and asked what was the government doing to support the division of banks to High Street styled banks and 'casino' banks. The FM gave a detailed response that he supported a more more sensible and controlled banking system.
You can see FMQs on the BBC and also on HolyroodTV. For those of you overseas and cannot access the BBC iPlayer, you can view it at scunnert's place. Enjoy.