Salmond off piste already – briefing the media on SNP debate and strategy on defence issues

The SNP just cannot keep Il Magnifico in his box. They sit on the lid and he bursts out of the side of it.

They gave him Foreign Affairs to keep him busy on extra-territorial matters but here is Alex Salmond tonight tramping heavily all over the patch that belongs to SNP Westminster Group Leader and Defence Spokesperson, Angus Robertson.

Mr Salmond is named as the BBC’s source in telling them that the SNP has got time for a House of Commons adjournment debate – Safety at HM Naval Base Clyde – next Thursday, 28th May 2015.

The debate will naturally focus on the issues of safety in the submarines carrying the Trident Continuous-At-Sea Deterrent [CASD], raised by Northern Irish submariner whistleblower, William McNeilly – not all of whose information has been accurate.

Mr Salmond is said to have told the BBC that ‘his party’ had secured the debate and that: ‘The SNP will continue to keep the pressure on the government until we are satisfied that not only have they have investigated Mr. McNeilly’s claims thoroughly and have acted on the findings but that those findings are put into the public domain.’

Why did this information on what is a defence matter not come from the experienced Mr Robertson?

Why was the narrative on the SNP’s strategy in pursuing this matter not given to the media by the SNP’s Westminster Group Leader?

The only excuse for this invasion of a colleague’s territory of responsibility is that the SNP’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson, once comfortably esconced back in Westminster, now sees Scotland as foreign parts.

Mr Salmond was always going to take to the powder snow – but so soon? And for the second time  – with his first excursion provocatively expanding on SNP’s UDI option.

With plenty or trouble back at t’ mill at Holyrood – A&E waiting times worse again, education in a serious mess, police still armed on patrol and  all over the place [except dealing with housebreakers which Chief Constable, Sir Stephen House, has mysteriously pronounced as an ‘unethical’ concern for the police] – what can First Minister Sturgeon do to constrain the usurper now home free, down south?

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  • Well, you are the person calling him Il Magnifico, maybe that should tell you something.
    Alex Salmond is the ablest politician in the UK, he has been voted as such year after year, and not just by Scots. I don’t think he has been side-lined at all, nobody in their right mind would choose Angus Robertson as leader when Alex Salmond was available, not unless there was an ulterior motive.

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    Murdoch MacKenzie May 21, 2015 10:23 pm Reply
    • This was interesting but spoiled by the childish name calling by the author. It brings out the Natandertals.
      Three day week official for SNP MPs. Monday night to Thursday night. How much do they get paid for three days work?

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      Alister May 22, 2015 12:45 pm Reply
  • Northern Irish submariner whistleblower, William McNeilly – not all of whose information has been accurate.

    How do you know this?

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    Longshanks May 21, 2015 10:34 pm Reply
    • Probably because, like me, newsroom read it…and cringed…

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      Jamie Black May 21, 2015 10:59 pm Reply
      • Does a submarine have a whistle?

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        Murdoch MacKenzie May 21, 2015 11:15 pm Reply
      • You are the Scottish cringe!

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        Snap May 22, 2015 5:21 am Reply
  • Keep up Newsie it’s our own Brendan O’Hara who’s defence spokesman not Angus Roberston. That’s real news

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    Crackle May 21, 2015 10:50 pm Reply
    • lol. I don’t think it can be…because it’s Salmond briefing the press on defence, not Mr O’Hara. I’m sure his day will come..Defence spokesman in title only…

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      Jamie Black May 21, 2015 11:03 pm Reply
      • There will only ever be one spokesman for the SNP in Westminster. The titles are just window dressing.

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        Murdoch MacKenzie May 21, 2015 11:13 pm Reply
    • Sectarian O’Bigot MP Defence Spokesperson for the SNP. You are taking the p*ss Crackle. In talks with Sinn Fein about closing Faslane and moving Trident to Ireland. Thousands of people no longer living off immoral earnings from Trident.

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      Ian Fen May 22, 2015 10:02 am Reply
      • Look who’s crawled out from under his stone again – do us all a favour and keep your bigotry and sectarian agenda to yourself

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        Crackle May 22, 2015 10:05 am Reply
    • How can a rookie MP television producer suddenly become a ” Defence spokesman”?

      You couldn’t make it up.

      As somebody once said, “I could do that… gie’s a job!”

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      Andrew Argyle May 22, 2015 12:13 pm Reply
      • Jim Murphy managed it for Labour and he’s never had a real job in his life.

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        Murdoch MacKenzie May 22, 2015 12:20 pm Reply
      • You could ask how a CND supporting, trade unionist Ileach became Secretary General of NATO?

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        Erik the Viking May 22, 2015 12:47 pm Reply
        • I expect he and Murphy were in Parliament more than five minutes, first?

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          Andrew Argyle May 22, 2015 2:13 pm Reply
  • Why are the SNP advertising for a press officer for AS? As one wit in Westminster said they mean gag! There is already an inquiry into this able seaman’s accusations so nothing new there, one source says the individual didn’t hand himself in and that he was studying Russian and an Islamic language using on line tutorials, let’s wait and see what is truth and what motivation lies behind this.

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    richard May 21, 2015 11:40 pm Reply
  • richard May 22, 2015 12:08 am Reply
  • Irish nationalist editor complains about the Scottish National Party!

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    No Cheese Here May 22, 2015 1:06 am Reply
  • I would presume that Sturgeon and Robertson are more than capable of dressing down Salmond, publically or privately as they deem appropriate, if he is speaking on behalf of the party without permission. They’re unlikely to need newsie’s irrational Salmond-hate to help them do it.

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    Arethosemyfeet May 22, 2015 6:40 am Reply
  • Alicsammin,bad,bad,bad!!
    Is that it??
    History will show that he was the finest,strategically minded politician of this particular era!

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    Snap May 22, 2015 6:56 am Reply
    • Before you toddle off to school…Come on Snap, keep up !

      In case it had slipped your mind laddie, Although the SNP would like to present itself as a socialist party ( and some of its core members are) it is in fact a “rainbow party”, left/right/center…etcetera, the common thread is they are all nationalists… with indy seriously on the back burner…and the SNP so afraid of taking FFA, the many factions within the SNP will start to argue amongst themselves… NS’s job is to keep them together… but with the likes of Salmon not “keeping it together” the cracks are starting to show… you best realise now that you are not going to get that new 52″ TV paid for by the tax payer… you have been duped…

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      Karl Hughes May 22, 2015 8:48 am Reply
      • Is this a wish list? Your comments are a disgrace and you should be ashamed of yourself?
        For your information,I could never afford a tele like that as I am employed in a job that pays£7.34 per hour.I do not require your charity or the charity of government,whether they be British,Scottish or European.
        I have self respect,something that you will never have! For me personally,I would rather have less money to allow our children a foot on the ladder.That is the reason we will get our Independence,sooner rather than later,as there are many people in my situation,who feel and think the same way!
        Your bombastic attitude will ensure this happens!!

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        Snap May 22, 2015 10:13 am Reply
        • Any chance Snap of you answering the plethora of questions you were asked yesterday ? TAX is not charity mate…its a necessity…its what pays for social care…covers TAX credits for those on minimum wage, SNHS, education etc.
          So you are saying you want to pay more tax to the folks who get 52″ TVs..freehousing for themselves and their 10 plus kids ??? stay at home and do nothing…while you work for minimum wage…is that what you want ? is that the fairer society you seek from the SNP ? is that what you think Indy will bring Scotland…?

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          Karl Hughes May 22, 2015 10:33 am Reply
          • Self respect Malky,something that you will never own!!

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            Snap May 22, 2015 12:22 pm
  • History tends to forget failures, Snap.

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    John M May 22, 2015 7:05 am Reply
    • Explain your definition of failure regarding Alicsammin bad?

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      Snap May 22, 2015 8:34 am Reply
      • If you go forward 50 years and look back at history what has Salmond actually achieved?

        History will record him as the fourth FM of Scotland, who failed to achieve his primary political goal of independence for Scotland. That’s it.

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        John M May 22, 2015 9:52 am Reply
        • Rubbish,he has taken us within touching distance of regaining our independence,taken from us by a parcel of rogues !

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          Snap May 22, 2015 9:58 am Reply
        • He who laughs last laughs longest, JM. I think you have peaked.

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          Kassandra May 25, 2015 8:24 pm Reply
  • Gosh, and he just can’t stop himself! Now he’s on newsnight, talking about how if you are going to have a referendum, you should have it as soon as possible…funny how he didn’t take his own advice on that for Scotland

    then he says ‘I’m one of the more popular politicians in the country, and I jsut say that because it’s true’ – then he suddenly remembered he wasn’t the FM and tried to bring Nicola Sturgeon into it, how embarrassing! Poor Nicola joining the already forgotten Mr O’Hara as one of Salmonds mere disciples

    But then, the icing on the cake – he’d campaign with George Osborne!

    OH NO SNP supporters! What’s ya gonna do?! Your man Salmond is jumping into bed with the Tories!! Remember, it was a crime for Labour to do that on a common issue, but now it’s okay for the SNP to do it?!

    I bet you’re all wondering what on earth is going on – let me explain it – your party is a hypocritical shambles, with zero credibility, running Scotland into the ground both metaphorically and literally. Hopefully in 2016 you’ll all realise and start voting for a party that cares truly about Scotland, not just achieving a dream at any cost…

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    Jamie Black May 22, 2015 7:29 am Reply
    • Oh,you are a bitter wee man! Go and have a look at common space.com.
      They claim,and have statistics for, a near wipe out of Unionist politicians at next years SE16!!
      That will take you from bitter to full scale rabid rage!!!,

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      Snap May 22, 2015 8:37 am Reply
      • lol

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        Jamie Black May 22, 2015 8:46 am Reply
  • Snap,why does Mr Salmond need a press officer based here in Scotland along with two caseworkers?

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    richard May 22, 2015 7:51 am Reply
    • Dicky,why do you bother,Period!!

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      Snap May 22, 2015 8:38 am Reply
      • Snap – what with your performance here and the SNP MPs at Westminster being called ‘goons’ yesterday, you’re all creating a great image for yourselves.

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        Malcolm Kirk May 22, 2015 10:04 am Reply
        • At least they cannot be called friends of “Lord” Greville Janner, unlike their name caller.

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          Murdoch MacKenzie May 22, 2015 12:15 pm Reply
  • Snap, I don’t believe you work period any more than I believe Machmaolain is 68 andunable to get out. Neither of you has ever answered a basic question from anyone nor have you ever put forward a rational counter argument to anyone.
    What a marvellous example you are of our ruling class.

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    richard May 22, 2015 10:57 am Reply
    • Seconded

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      Maurice Brodie May 25, 2015 10:16 pm Reply
      • I am 68 ! How does that work for your second?
        A bit of advice from a guy that’s seen a bit.Richard is a frustrated,non entity,who cannot figure out why people want change! Or is it that he is older than me and is extremely selfish?

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        Machmaolain May 25, 2015 10:25 pm Reply
  • I have a job, a council worker! What do you do? I reckon I could do your job better than you anyway,God forbid you did something important like a surgeon or something!!
    Ps you are a condescending wee so and so and I’m not very fond of you!

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    Snap May 22, 2015 12:20 pm Reply
  • Snap, I’d hate you to be fond of me, what I do is my business but I certainly pay my way

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    Rchard May 22, 2015 1:45 pm Reply
    • Leave Snap alone,you.cad!
      Go over to the QM2 thread.I gave you a glowing report and actually called you my friend!!

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      Machmaolain May 22, 2015 1:50 pm Reply
    • Seeing as how you are just an avatar of Bob and Jamie, Dick, how do you pay your way?
      I mean, even Bob and Jamie (and maybe charlie, although he is so dim that he is possibly real) are probably the same person, so, really …

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      Kassandra May 25, 2015 8:27 pm Reply
  • Yes,I twigged that as well.It is extremely possible that only 6 people(real!)acually post on this site!

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    Machmaolain May 25, 2015 10:27 pm Reply

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