There is something quite distasteful when people find out that their leader is a gutless coward.
Yesterday, rather than face the music and man up, Alex Salmond did his usual disappearing act when the going got tough.
You see the way Scotland’s ‘jolly fat man’ Alex Salmond operates is that he only wants to be around and take the praise.
With a crucial plank in the pro-independence case having now collapsed he bolted quicker than a rat down a drainpipe.
What Scottish currency would an independent Scotland have is a serious matter, too serious not to get it right and too serious not to have a backup plan.
Bluff, bluster and bullying is the stock in trade of the Alex Salmond party within the Scottish National Party, the party within a party is a nasty vile vicious clique, but like many thugs, there are little brains.
No one is better to recognise aspects of Salmondism better than Alex Salmond himself.
On several major issues affecting people’s jobs, mortgages, savings and pensions such as the EU membership and now the currency Salmond has deliberately sought to mislead the people of Scotland.
The Scottish Sun even came out on a front page with the headline “EU Liar”.
Salmond and unpopular Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon have done no proper work to prepare Scotland for a proper independence bid.
They thought that Salmond’s stupid smile and jolly fat man routine would be enough to win the day on issues such as the EU.
The “legal advice” on which he based his bogus claims about an entitlement to remain in the EU never existed.
Then there was a prolonged cover up to hide the fact that we had been subjected to deception which should not be forgiven or forgotten.
As to the central contention that a currency union would be acceptable to the state from which he wants to separate was just a nod through, that is again isn’t based on any evidence whatsoever, indeed, the evidence is all coming from the Unionist side, and it is a resounding No!
And No means No!
What does No mean?
After trying to deceive Scots and been found out, he and the unpopular Nicola Sturgeon are trying to take refuge in victimhood.
Westminster has ganged up on them, they sob to the gallery; woe is me!
But the reality of all this is that it is Salmond who is guilty of misleading the people of Scotland.
Westminster politicians played a blinder and had the cheek to expose the Nationalist’s bluff or, as Jim Sillars put it, “the fairytale.”
In this fairytale, the story switches to a horror story.
Scotland wouldn’t ever be able “dictate” to the UK about a currency union.
Salmond hoped to make the currency issue to a row about process rather than substance; he has failed in that respect totally.
Alex Salmond’s attack on Sir Nicholas MacPherson, author of the Treasury critique was another misstep on his part.
The accusation made he is acting on the instructions of his “political masters”.
He was only obeying orders?
Where have I heard that before??????
So Salmond decided to attack the individual than to confront the case that he puts a forward which many Nationalists know is bogus tripe.
It was Jim Sillars who described Salmond’s case for currency union as “stupidity on stilts” recently and went further and said this isn’t something he would vote for, in reality the SNP leadership don’t want to do the heavy lifting, they want Westminster to carry the load in an independent Scotland, that is no independence at all, it is dependence.
And the claim that the SNP has suddenly become the high minded arbiters of what is best for English business is meaningless pap.
The crocodile tears for the poor English exporters to Scotland is to cover up their own incompetence.
For independence, it was always doing to have to be a Scottish pound.
Once again, a crucial plank in the pro-independence case has collapsed under the weight of basic dishonesty.
Right at the start of the Scottish independence campaign, I said that that everything had to be truthful and everything had to be transparent and above board.
George Laird was right again.
Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon are too stupid to be the leaders of an independent Scotland.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University