Isabel Hardman Isabel Hardman

Alex Salmond’s persecution complex

Alex Salmond gave a very good speech earlier today about why Scots should vote for independence. It was full of the sort of emotion and rhetoric that the ‘No’ campaign is only now beginning to summon in the final few days of campaigning. He said:

‘A ‘Yes’ vote is about building something better. It is about the growing acceptance across virtually every community in Scotland that no-one, absolutely no-one, is better-placed to govern Scotland than the people here ourselves. No-one cares more about this country, and no-one will do a better job of governing this country than the people of Scotland.’

We've heard it all before, of course, but that doesn't stop it from being good. But the speech itself was less interesting than the press conference that the First Minister held with international journalists.

Actually, according to Salmond, these journalists were 'our friends in the international media', which unless the hall was stuffed with hacks who particularly enjoy being nobbled by politicians, was an unpleasant description that he used primarily to try to shut up Nick Robinson, who asked him an awkward question about the consequences of RBS moving its head office from Scotland. Salmond, who to be fair did spend a good chunk of the press conference talking about brass plaques and the difference between moving your head office and moving your organisation's operations, didn't really want to talk to Nick about RBS. He wanted to talk about how the BBC had got wind of the RBS announcement. He declared war on the BBC, saying in a rather sinister tone that he fully expected the BBC to co-operate with a leak inquiry that he was sure would now take place into how Treasury sources leaked market-sensitive information.

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