Drumlanrig: Dragon fires off mixed messages

Seve Ballesteros. Picture: Getty
Seve Ballesteros. Picture: Getty
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NOW that he is no longer one of the stars of Dragons’ Den, the Scottish businessman Duncan Bannatyne has been getting involved with the general election – although it has not always been easy to work out his politics.

The former Dragon was one of 100 high-profile high-flyers, who signed a letter warning of the threat that a Labour victory would pose to Britain’s economy.

Bannatyne warned that a Labour government would “threaten jobs and deter investment”.

Within a few days he was on Twitter praising Ed Miliband’s “courage” in coming up with a proposal to scrap non-domiciled tax status saying it would get his vote.

His remarks reinforce the adage that a week is a long time in politics. One wonders if a week is just as long in business. When faced with such a mixed message from a budding entrepreneur in the “Den”, one suspects Bannatyne would have wasted little time in saying: “I’m out”.

Teed up for further golf tales

THE Dream Shall Never Die sees Alex Salmond bore for an independent Scotland on the subject of his golf game. Having broken 90 a couple of times during the referendum campaign, Salmond appears to be close to developing a Seve Ballesteros complex (or at least becoming a clubhouse bore).

Given his preoccupation with the game, perhaps readers could send him their favourite golfing tales. After all, the reading public would be delighted to buy a book containing accounts from high-handicappers about the time they holed a 30 footer to save bogey after coming to grief in the gorse bushes at Nairn.

Salmond swaps limelight for local town hall

HE may now be a best-selling author, but one suspects Alex Salmond may be missing the political high life.

While his successor Nicola Sturgeon was “starring” with the other Scottish political leaders in STV and BBC debates last week, Salmond was far away from the television studios.

Indeed while Sturgeon was appearing in the BBC debate in Edinburgh, Salmond (the Scottish National Party candidate for Gordon) was taking part in a local hustings event in Inverurie Town Hall.

The dream will make a paperback

GREAT news for the Rupert Murdoch publishers William Collins, who produced Alex Salmond’s referendum memoir The Dream Will Never Die.

Salmond has announced that there is going to be a paperback and a revised edition of the bombastic classic, which devotes much space to diatribes against the BBC and the “metropolitan, mainstream media” – simply because they sometimes chose to challenge his views and assertions on Scottish independence.

The former first minister’s plans for the book were announced in an interview he did to get down with the social media kids on the Commonspace website.

“There is going to be a paperback and a revised edition.

“Because it is topping the bestsellers list across the UK for two weeks running. I would like the metropolitan media to explain that one,” the former first minister said, with just a hint of smug, self-satisfaction.