SALMOND! In this case I have deliberately dropped my usual description of him as a spiv, this is very serious. We were told that Scotland was a compassionate country by Kenny MacAskill as part of his reason for granting the release of the Lockerbie bomber, a release which I agreed with but not for the SNP’s reasons. Notwithstanding the inane idiocy of McAskill’s comments (people can be compassionate not countries) we now have the quite incredible statement from Salmond that had Thomas Hamilton the man responsible for the Dunblane massacre survived he would never have been granted early release under any circumstances. The cybernats are going nuts on various sites because of this blunder; huge attempts are being made by them to confuse the matter by rerunning the arguments about whether the bomber was guilty which is not the issue here.
What is happening here is that Salmond was asked a question which he didn’t see coming and rather than stick to the declared SNP position which he fears is a vote loser he quite shamefully jumped ship. This is the measure of the man; no matter what the issue is; no matter whether the answer is a conniving cop out or a blatant lie the answer you are certain to get from Salmond is the one which he thinks is politically expedient. Whether it’s drowned fishermen or dead soldiers his concern is always “what’s best for me” The mawkish drivel trotted out about Scots compassion and sympathy was a lot of nonsense from the start the SNP are firmly facing both ways here and not for the first time. The SNP position was that any prisoner can be considered for compassionate release; Salmond has now ripped that to bits for political gain; he simply and instinctively acted like the charlatan he is. Will Salmond now explain which of them is right McAskill or him I think we should be told but I doubt if we will.