First Minister must ensure he doesn't have a great fall

WHEN he says something, it therefore must be true. Or is it? Alex Salmond's attacks on the UK Supreme Court are taking on ever more of an Alice Through The Looking Glass quality - with the First Minister in the role of Humpty Dumpty. "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less".

"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."

"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master - that's all."

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Yesterday Mr Salmond said that Nat Fraser's appeal was made under criminal law. Not true. It was made under ECHR, which the SNP enthusiastically supports - or did once.

Mr Salmond said that the UK Supreme Court "unlocks prison doors". Not true. Nat Fraser remains behind bars as the case has now been referred back to Scotland, to the Scottish Court of Criminal Appeal.

Mr Salmond said there is no such thing as British law. Not true. We have employment law, company law, welfare law and tax law. Humpty Dumpty may well be master now. The First Minister should take care. Look what happened to Humpty Dumpty in the end.