Thursday, 9 June 2011
The Burdens Of The New Scottish Government
There has been much talk about Alex Salmond's demands from Westminster for extra powers for Scotland and his handling of the Supreme Court ruling on the Fraser case.
Unfortunately there are devotees of the SNP leader who, in their blind loyalty, think Mr Salmond is infallible but they have overstepped the mark by offending who I consider to be one of Scotland's least biased journalists. Little do they realise how much they damage the SNP's reputation by such actions. In my many years of supporting independence for my country I discovered it was persuasion not insults which gained favour for my stance.
Although I agree with Alex Salmond's desire for further powers for Scotland and I support his efforts, his criticism of the Supreme Court ruling, along with that of Kenny MacAskill's, left me shaking my head in disbelief.
Much of the result on 5 May can be credited to the leader of the SNP, but in the past week or so I've sensed an arrogance on occasion in the First Minister and it doesn't become him. The people of Scotland know what they SNP stand for and, combined with the efficient and responsible manner in which they governed during the last parliamentary term, voted for them to continue in that vain.
Alex Salmond is by far the best politician to lead Scotland to a future which could give many Scots a better quality of life and I realise he is vastly outnumbered by unionists who enjoy placing obstacles in his way, but he make a grave - and unusual - error in attacking the respected judge Lord Hope when he should have been berating the system.
My preference is the man when he's in a natural convivial mode as his passion for Scotland is quietly and firmly evident. It has carried him this far with admirable results. It's to be hoped the public see more of the 'old Alex' in the months and years to come. Independence for Scotland doesn't have to be a numbers game as Colonel Jackson proved nearly 200 years ago.