Has Alex Salmond become deranged? Is he developing megalomania?
Alex Salmond . . . a latter-day Icarus?
It has to be acknowledged that Alex Salmond has been extraordinarily successful electorally in recent years. True he and the SNP did not win the 2014 Scotland Referendum but, thanks to the eleventh hour panic stricken meddling of Messrs Cameron, Clegg & Miliband, the result is not necessarily conclusive and may reasonably be called into question. Indeed, Alex is behaving as though a ‘Yes’ vote had prevailed. The subsequent swelling of SNP membership must surely have strengthened his already preternaturally well developed self-belief.
Given this history, perhaps oor wee Alex could be forgiven for believing that he is a superior, infallible, almost perfect politician. Now he has given numerous interviews declaring that he will block a Tory government and exact SNP’s terms for supporting a Labour government. Fancy that!
With all his bombast, Mr Salmond would have us lesser mortals believe that the SNP is invulnerable, that Scotland ~ more precisely those governing Scotland ~ have no needs for the British Parliament to satisfy. Worse, the current crop of British politicians give no sign that they comprehend this situation, that the British Government (whatever form it assumes) after the forthcoming general election will have no bargaining chips!
Yes, SNP MPs in the Commons might be able to thwart the adoption of measures necessary for government to function, such as the Finance Bill. However, such anarchistic action will not only affect England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but also Scotland. In attempting to frustrate routine government, Salmond and his henchmen may also frustrate SNP’s ability to manage Scotland’s affairs. Were SNP MPs able to prevent the Chancellor of the British Exchequer from performing his fiscal duties, the effects would include (for example) stopping payment of the block grant to Scotland.
Have Mr Salmond’s senses left him to the extent of believing that it is of no significance if Holyrood is rendered unable to make the payments it needs to make and prevented from completing other executive functions? Does he really believe that it will improve his and the SNP’s popularity in Scotland?
Salmond has made and is making so many assumptions, from taking his electorate for granted and acting as though he had already been elected a MP, to acting as though he has all the bargaining counters and his political opponents none! Men (and women) are best judged by the actions they take and not merely their words however boastful and high-flown!
Truly Salmond has flown (relatively) high and is attempting to fly yet higher. So did Icarus, and we all know what was his fate!
Icarus, near the Sun