THE annual Scottish Politician of the Year award at the Prestonfield House Hotel was, as usual, a rumbustious affair.
This year the curtains remained intact, but there was no shortage of high spirits – especially from the Labour leadership contender Neil Findlay.
As one might expect from someone whose list of hobbies includes an interest in “socialising (going for a pint)”, Findlay was in fine form. He was one of several politicians to find themselves in the after-party do at Lulu’s nightclub in George Street.
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Darling scores an own goal against Royal Bank
ALISTAIR Darling was also in fine form when he accepted his lifetime achievement award. Having been praised for his role in the financial crisis and leading Better Together to victory in the referendum, Darling took to the stage to make an acceptance speech.
Looking over glittering array of guests in their finery, Darling, left, picked out two tables sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland.
“I used to own you, you know,” Darling quipped.
Long goodbye invokes moving moment from past
ALEX Salmond’s goodbye to Bute House last week was so dragged out that it was reminiscent of one of Frank Sinatra’s farewell tours.
Having had two days of backslapping and heartfelt tributes at the SNP conference, MSPs returned to Holyrood for more of the same. It was his former chauffeur and now SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson who led the Holyrood tributes by recalling a story from Salmond’s younger days.
When it was time for him to leave home, Salmond’s mother Mary became so fed up with her son’s reluctance to move his stuff out the house that she gathered up the political detritus cluttering up his bedroom in the family home in Linlithgow. She then chucked it in the garden.
Apparently, young Eck got the message.
Salmond pleased to be called a black bitch
STEWART Stevenson also took the liberty of describing Salmond as a “black bitch”. Thankfully, he also took time to explain that the term is used to describe people who are born in Linlithgow (the town’s crest is a black bitch).
The description tickled Salmond, who replied saying: “Stewart Stevenson is right that “black bitch” is a term of huge praise in Linlithgow – it means someone who was born within the sound of St Michael’s bells – but it confirms just about everything that my political opponents have ever thought about me!”
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