“For untae us a bairn is born, unto us a wean is given: and the (Scottish) government shall be upon his shouder: and his name shall be called Wunnerfu, Coonsellor, The mighty Eck, The everlasting Faither, The Prince o’ Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (adjusted)
Er, well. Maybe not. It has come to my attention, however, that Alex Salmond was born on
To continue the scriptural theme, with politicians’ characters, I tend to follow the author of the first Gospel and assume that “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?” (Matthew 7:16) For those of you who are less satisfied by this formulation, and seek a Freudian analysis of the Maximum Eck’s peccadilloes, a psychological account of his nationalism or a sneaky insight into the private man, you can whet your appetite on this wee article from the Times yesterday.
“There is another memory of him as a schoolboy. Tam Dalyell, the former Labour MP, was giving a talk to Salmond’s sixth-form class at
and remembers being questioned by a precocious young Salmond. He recalls “this cheeky, bumptious, clever boy asking questions about prices and incomes policy”. Not much, then, has changed.” Linlithgow Academy