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I couldn’t help noticing this smile from Alex Salmond (above) after he had finished responding to the BBC’s Nick Robinson, at his (Salmond’s) press conference last week.
Bear in mind that Mr Salmond was responding through an amplified microphone, while Nick Robinson could only make his responses (after his initial question) in unamplified shouts, which hardly anyone could hear. Plus there was, extraordinarily, a shipped-in audience of Yes supporters, who were, obsequiously, applauding Salmond. And it had been couched, bizarrely, as an “international press conference”, so that Alex Salmond could cut off Robinson, with the excuse that he urgently needed to address a question from Madrid.
After responding to Robinson, and receiving applause from his supporters, Salmond couldn’t resist the smile above, because he was, presumably, so pleased with himself.
…So pleased that he had deflected questions about the projected movement of the HQ of the Royal Bank of Scotland to London, in the event of a Yes vote, after it has been headquartered in Edinburgh for nearly 300 years. I mean, it’s the Royal Bank of Scotland! It does what it says on the tin. Or, at least, it has done up until now. But, oh no, Alex Salmond is really pleased with himself because he deflected all this, by demanding a full enquiry into why the news of the proposed move was confirmed by the Treasury twelve hours before its official announcement. …An enquiry which was convincingly rejected out of hand by the UK Cabinet Secretary within 24 hours.
To me, the smile you see above is unmistakable. It is the smile of a bully.
It is the smile which, I would venture to suggest, has led to Alex Salmond being described as a “man so pleased with himself that he would drink his own bath water”. And, perhaps, that smile is part of the reason why a recent poll found that, by a margin of two to one, women in Scotland don’t trust Salmond.
I would also suggest that Salmond is a man of low intellect. This is evidenced by the fact that, while he seeks the low-lying fruit of beating up the BBC, he fails to solve the “stupidity on stilts” of the currency question.
Note: The “Sheffield rally moment” referred to in the title of this post refers to Neil Kinnock’s trip and “We’re alright” cry on the eve of the 1992 general election.