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.
Confirmed – Salmond not appearing on #BBCQT on Thursday. Officials say he never confirmed and he has to attend family funeral.
— Torcuil Crichton (@Torcuil) April 25, 2012