Tough At The Top
Whether it be the resignation from the party of two of its MSPs over its thoroughly cynical U-turn on NATO membership or the bog that Alex Salmond has wandered into entirely on his own over his lack of clarity regarding the obtaining of legal advice on whether an independent Scotland would continue to be a member of the EU (in my opinion, the question of whether an earlier resort to litigation, ostensibly to avoid revealing the nature of advice received on that topic, might be considered an abuse of process, given that no clear advice on that matter ever seems to have been obtained, remains an open one), the impressions one has gained of the Scottish National Party's travails over the past few weeks merely affirm an existing prejudice that it is a group of people who are prepared to do and say anything in order to get what they want.
It would be very interesting to know to just precisely what extent Salmond and other SNP ministers rely on their civil servants. One is sure that they at least are perfectly competent, but given that so much of their ministers' time seems to be devoted to the promotion of their sole policy you have to wonder just how much of a grip the ministers have on their ministries.
If The Tartanissimo seriously thought he could get away with fooling all the people all of the time, the only person he was ever fooling was himself, if only because he would then be assuming that the rest of are fools.