General Bluster

Most observers of Scottish and Westminster politics over the past few decades would have fallen over to hear First Minister Alex Salmond accuse his political opponent of “bullying and bluster’’.

Surely this cannot be the same Alex Salmond we have witnessed time after time at First Minister’s Questions er, bullying and blustering.

In one session with then ­Labour minister Wendy Alexander that I recall it came close to sadism and on it went, long after any political point had been made.

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Or at Westminster, holding up the Budget in a spectacular display of unadulterated bluster and “look at me’’ grandstanding.

For Mr Salmond to be accusing others of the offences for which he is deservedly renowned takes political humbug to a new low.

Alexander McKay

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