A brilliant tale from Euan McColm, one of Scotland’s smartest and funniest hacks. I’ve no doubt that it’s true.
Admittedly Salmond has only been the most formidable of a pretty weak bunch, by and large, but this is how to deal with the SNP’s tiresome “we’re in charge now” crap. Eck’s de haut en bas posturing took a battering. I hope Jim Murphy, who is a decent man, does take over Scottish Labour:
When Murphy was appointed Secretary of State for Scotland in 2008, he asked officials to arrange a meeting with First Minister Alex Salmond and requested that he and the SNP leader have five minutes in private before they were joined by their teams. The call came back that Salmond would be happy to meet but that it would not be possible to have that private session.
Murphy agreed to Salmond’s conditions and then began the meeting by asking for five minutes in private. His team, teed up for this moment, stood and left the meeting room, leaving Salmond’s officials with little option but to do likewise.
Labour and SNP sources alike say that what followed was a tense confrontation between Murphy and Salmond. Murphy, it is said, told Salmond he considered him a “f***ing bully” and warned that he would not be trodden over. Apparently Salmond spluttered that this wasn’t terribly collegiate to which Murphy responded that it was as well they understood each other.
Nice one, Jim.