Speaking to camera on this evening’s ITV news, between entries and exits from the helicopter lifting him between Scotland’s seven cities today, the First Minister appeared to have lost his sense of perspective, trumpeting:
‘The people of Scotland are not going to be bullied by Big Oil, Big Banks and Big Supermarkets.’
He made them sound like a pestilence, as he uttered the words with rhetorical scorn.
Yet it is Big Oil, Big Banks, Big Supermarkets and Big Businesses that are the major employers and the creators of the wealth of Scotland of which the First Minister so often boasts.
The FM’s volley had all the character of a bitter farewell.