Following two days of startling Leveson revelations, the usually indefatigable Scottish first minister Alex Salmond seems to be running scared. Scheduled to appear tomorrow night on BBC’s Question Time, Wee Eck has now pulled out and won’t be appearing after all.

Yesterday, testimony to the Leveson Inquiry by James Murdoch revealed that the First Minister had been acting as News Corporation’s cheerleader over the BSkyB bid, offering to call Jeremy Hunt over the issue on the Murdochs’ behalf.

In his testimony today, Murdoch Senior described Salmond as “an attractive person”, which won’t have helped alleviate the pressure on Scotland’s foremost separatist.

Big Eck is also rumoured to have turned down appearances on Newsnight Scotland and Scotland Tonight.

UPDATE: Barely an hour after Murdoch mentions Salmond on the stand, he suddenly remembers he has a prior appointment tomorrow night.

  1. Dr Alan McCowan says:

    “Salmond quits Question Time over NewsCorp” isn’t actually true. He’s attending a funeral and was never confirmed as a guest.

  2. Charles O'Brien says:

    Looks like typical deflective politics from Westminster but by the Labour Petty,in particular.I see by the terminology,accusing First minister as the foremost “separatist” strange that comment as he is the leader of the Independence party,state the obvious ,The whole piece is in the main insulting absolutely,no respect for either the reader or the First Minister,Mr.Salmond.I would have said Eck would only be used in an endearing meaning between friends,so the scribe is also inaccurate.I say inaccurate as opposed to outright liar because I’m a nice person.

  3. “Officials say he never confirmed and he has to attend family funeral.”

    Crikey. I’ve been well aware for some time that most politicians would *sell* their own grandmother to get themselves out of a hole, but he seems to have taken things to the extreme here.

  4. It is rather bewildering to those of us on the left/centre-left in Scotland that a website that is supposedly ‘left-wing’ continually attacks the SNP. Alex Salmond may not be Che Guevara, but he and his party are a lot closer to him than Miliband and his unionist acolytes north of the Border. The link below is to an article that gives a less bigoted perspective and indeed cites in full the correspondence between AS and Newscorp.

    Maybe if you had a meaningful alternative to the sad old lot of clones with their pick and mix policies you might have fewer sour grapes.

  5. MM,
    The SNP are about as left wing and progressive as the Lib Dems. Remind which party in Scotland cheered on the reduction in corporation tax in Osbornes Budget?

  6. @ Charles,
    As far as I know, Political Scrapbook inst part of the Labour Party. The difference between the SNP and Labour, is that Labour members are allowed (indeed encouraged) to have different views from the leadership, and dont require to be told what line to take on the internet.

  7. Angus McLellan says:

    “Barely an hour after Murdoch mentions Salmond on the stand, he suddenly remembers he has a prior appointment tomorrow night.”

    When’s the apology being put up? Won’t hold my breath.

  8. John Ruddy,

    ‘The difference between the SNP and Labour, is that Labour members are allowed (indeed encouraged) to have different views from the leadership’

    The most ridiculous thing I’ve read, so far. ‘Bring it on’? Ring any bells?

  9. Dr Alan McCowan says:

    “The SNP are about as left wing and progressive as the Lib Dems. ”

    No, considerably more so. The SNP remain the ONLY major political party in Britain to be located on the left-hand side of the spectrum at all. The Lib Dems, of course, still remain slightly more left wing and progressive than Labour.

    http://www.politicalcompass.org/ukparties2010

  10. Dr Alan McCowan says:

    “When’s the apology being put up? Won’t hold my breath.”

    Mm. It’s a disgrace that a blatant lie is still serving as the headline and premise of this piece, and even the “correction” at the bottom is in fact just a continuation of the smear. I’d come to expect much higher standards from this normally-laudable site.

  11. Nationalist Socialists then eh Dr Alan? what famous mid-20th century European political party does that remind you of?!

    Well at least he isn’t that bad, but Alex Salmond want’s to put up walls between the British people – he must be stopped!

  12. Dr Alan McCowan says:

    “Nationalist Socialists then eh Dr Alan? what famous mid-20th century European political party does that remind you of?!”

    Congratulations! You’re the one millionth person to make that “joke” this week! You win a yacht! Click here to collect.

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