Labour insulting Alex Salmond as he stepped down won't sit well with public

The manner of Alex Salmond’s going says a lot about the state of Scottish politics today.

He rose to the occasion. His main opponents sunk without trace.

In his resignation speech to Holyrood, the former First Minister was gracious and good humoured.

But his rivals, Labour in particular, could not stop themselves slip-sliding away towards that negative tone that has characterised their contribution to Scottish politics for many years.

Jackie Baillie managed a few encouraging words before descending into a diatribe of partisan abuse.

It was ill-judged to say the least. The Tories’ Ruth Davidson was only a little less sour, while Willie Rennie of the Liberal Democrats did deliver a well researched, humorous tribute that reflected well on him and his party...

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