As I watch the election campaign somewhat from a distance, living in Abu Dhabi, I find the sea change in political leadership strengths fascinating.
Not since the likes of John Smith or Donald Dewar have we seen a strong Scottish personality emerge who has the potential to represent Scottish interests passionately in a balanced and convincing way. Nicola Sturgeon is that person.
The irony is that a growing number of people are beginning to see her as a better potential prime minister for the whole of the UK, policies aside, than any of the other personalities of the moment – Cameron, Miliband, Clegg, Farage or Boris Johnson!
But the double irony is that her recent rise has come about as a direct consequence of the backlash from that last famous and powerful woman politician, Margaret Thatcher.
Long may Nicola do well for all of us in the UK in the short term, no matter what our views on Independence are.
Chairman, Glenmore Energy
Anent these desperate attacks on the First Minister I can do no less than quote former prime minister Margaret Thatcher: “I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, ‘Well, if they attack one personally it means they have not a single political argument left’.” Or as a former first minister was wont to say, “The more they talk about me the better I’m kent.”