Salmond goes AWOL as Labour attack “arrogance and contempt” of SNP leader

Alex Salmond was accused of "running scared" after he failed to show up for a debate on the SNP's lack of legal advice on EU membership at Holyrood today.


Alex Salmond was accused of “running scared” after he failed to show up for a debate on the SNP’s lack of legal advice on EU membership at the Scottish Parliament today.

The first minister has gone to ground after his repeated claims he had sought advice on the legality of an independent Scotland’s EU membership were torpedoed by his deputy Nicola Sturgeon last week. She revealed legal advice was sought only after the signing of the Edinburgh Agreement by Alex Salmond and David Cameron.

Labour’s James Kelly MSP said of his absence today:

“The whole nation doubts the first minister’s word and yet he refuses to come to the Scottish Parliament to defend his battered reputation.

“His arrogance and contempt for the Scottish people is breathtaking.

“How can the Scottish people trust a man who won’t even defend himself in the Scottish Parliament? A man who when he gets caught out rigs his own inquiry.

“This is a man who said he wanted the referendum to be built in Scotland but won’t come to the Scottish Parliament.”


“He says he will debate David Cameron any time any where, but he is too feart to debate Johann Lamont on his own character in front the Scottish people. Who’s Lord Snooty now?

“He says he is just getting on with his job but it looks like he is doing other ministers’ jobs for them as another excuse not to face the truth.

“Alex Salmond lied, got caught and now refuses to face the Scottish Parliament.”

The opposition have been calling for the SNP leader to pay back the thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money spent trying to keep the public from knowing about the legal advice the Scottish government had received, Labour’s business manager at Holyrood, Paul Martin, describing it as “an obscene waste of money which only heightens the farce that the SNP has created over Scotland’s future in the EU”.

As Martin says:

The reality is this was a delaying tactic as they tried to hide their dishonesty. We believe that Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon should pay this money back as a gesture of goodwill to the Scottish people they have deceived at our expense.”

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7 Responses to “Salmond goes AWOL as Labour attack “arrogance and contempt” of SNP leader”

  1. brownlie

    “… his repeated claims…”? Are you sure?

  2. Brian S.

    Yawn – more Labour Party anti-independence agitprop. Afraid of a permanent Tory UK government when we get our nation back?

  3. Trafalgar

    Brian,, dream on sunshine, it’s the “majority” of the Scottish people who don’t want independence,,, keep up with the news, silly boy!!!

  4. Brian S.

    You’re taliking about right now – but we have 2 years of increasing Coalition austerity and brutal neo-liberal policies to go before the referendum…the more the Coalition squeeze, the smaller that majority will become.

  5. uglyfatbloke

    Oh God….how clever is this anti-Salmond initiaive? How clever will it look when the relevant standards committee clears him (again)? Does anyone really think that Salmond would have referred himself if he had anything to fear from the evidence? He may be all sorts of things, but he’s not stupid.

  6. Trafalgar

    Salmond is losing it by the day, you can hear the quivering in his voice when he speaks. People have cottened onto him big time. The longer this goes on, the more people will see through him.

  7. Gerard

    He has referred himself for ivesigation where HE has set the remit of the investigstion and handpicked is juror (was a jury but two people were ‘stood down’).

    Of course he’ll be found not guilty! He’ll make sure of it.

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