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.
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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