Here is a delicious little vignette which shows our dear leader Alex (the spiv) Salmond for the bombastic fool that he is; this is a man who bows to no one in his love and admiration for the low life, workshy, grovelling Ayrshire plagiarist Bobby Burns.
The topic places this conversation about the year 2000; lots of discussions centred on who was the man (not woman of course) of the millennium, Salmond (the Spiv) was; on this occasion nominating Burns as the man of the millennium, there were no constraints on who could be nominated. I remember reflecting at the time on his arrogance and the contempt he had for the people of Scotland by assuming that Scots. would go along with this. He boasted that Scots. would vote for Burns; O.K. it’s show biz. but come on! I can’t think of any Scot. that I know who would seriously put Burns before any of the following :- Isaac Newton, Galileo, Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, Mozart, Michael Faraday, Shakespeare, Edison, Marx, Milton, Pope etc. Anyway the great spiv was off and; beguiled by his own eloquence, he decided to prove his point by quoting the following, “the best laid schemes of mice and men aft gang agley” one of Burn’s most famous lines but; the pompous eejit should have said “gang aft agley” only the most highly polished brass neck could sustain such ridicule which of course he did.
I thought that it was a memorable one off moment but; you’re ahead of me aren’t you. Fast forward to today, Sunday Jan. 25th. 09 and we are back to Bobby Burns; there stands Alex (the spiv) outdoors in Ayrshire looking prosperous and smug. This time he hedges his bets by suggesting that Bobby was the greatest “Scotsman” of the millennium; not the greatest man, hubris or what? Notwithstanding the fact that women are out of it again, he blunders on and I think again, in a similar way :- Livingstone, A.G. Bell, Byron, Fleming, Kelvin, Knox, Lister, Mary Slessor as well as Harry Lauder, The Bay City Rollers, Oor Wullie, Peter Manuel and Fran n Anna.
Incredibly he offers the following; “man’s inhumanity to man makes countless millions mourn” countless thousands mourning become millions in a sec. such is the power of this man; you couldn’t make it up could you?
The highly polished brass neck is as prominent as ever; so is the hubris, what must all those millions of home comers he boasts about think of this arrogant fool? This is the Scottish first Minister and counterfeit Burns lover; again old Bobby Burns springs to mind here -
Oh! wid some power, the gift tae gie us, tae see ourselves as others see us! Was he talking about Alex (the spiv)? As a Scot. who longs to see progress; this man makes me cringe.