I've watched this all unfold over the past few days, with the SNP defending Salmond, while all the opposition wade in smelling blood and continuing to 'labour' the point.
Just watched the lunch time news where the whole debacle is still being debated by MSPs, mainly the opposition members calling Salmond a liar, untrustworthy, a crook akin to Nixon etc.
I've seen the interview with Andrew Neill. I know the answer Salmond gave was a typical politician's answer where he didn't actually answer the questioned asked, answered his own question but just vaguely enough to give the impression that he was answering the question asked. It was, and is, the same tactic used by every politician I see when interviewed on any subject.
I'm not an SNP supporter, I'm no fan of Salmond, but there is no doubt that he is an excellent politician - and I do not mean that as a compliment - he certainly knows how to waffle his way around a question as much as the rest of them.
The reason for my post is this - I'm sick of listening to clearly incompetent opposition MSPs thinking that this issue is something that the Scottish people are so invested in that they want MSPs to spend days slagging off the 1st minister, while doing it in the most childish immature fashion with loads of name calling, and mud slinging. If any of them had an ounce of integrity they'd have made their point and moved on to important business. Ruth Whatshername - the tory leader who thinks it worth pointing out how much of a drain on the UK Scotland is, in the middle of an independence debate - likening Salmond to Nixon is just getting to the stage of farce. Any worthwhile points to be made about the 1st minister 'lying' about legal advice not taken, have been lost in the barrage of fuckwittery that seems to pass for debate at the SP.
In the Westminster parliament we've got a a similarly incompetent opposition that seems preoccupied with what school everyone went to as part of a very unsubtle 'the cabinet is out of touch' campaign. Even Mr Salmond himself referred to 'Lord Snooty' recently. I think if you trade in political minutiae you should expect similar treatment in return