UK News Salmond: Duke of Edinburgh would not have wanted extended national mourning
Nicola Sturgeon says Alex Salmond should not be included in TV debates
The First Minister launched a scathing attack on her predecessor within the SNP, with whom her relationship has been destroyed in recent months.The First Minister launched a scathing attack on her predecessor within the SNP, with whom her relationship has been destroyed in recent months following an unlawful investigation into his conduct.
Alex Salmond has claimed the Duke of Edinburgh enjoyed nothing more “than a good argument” and he would have not appreciated a week of national mourning.
The former first minister of Scotland was speaking at an Alba campaign event in the Scottish capital despite opposing parties suspending their operations out of respect for Philip’s passing.
It comes amid disappointing polls for his new political project which suggest support is lacking ahead of the Holyrood elections in May.
Pro-independence parties tipped for big majority in Scottish election poll
Supporters of Scottish independence look set to win a big majority in next month's Holyrood elections.The latest Panelbase survey for The Sunday Times suggests that pro-independence parties could win 79 of the Scottish Parliament's 129 seats come the 6 May vote.
He said: “The Duke of Edinburgh – it won’t surprise anyone to know – was not one of the foremost advocates of Scottish independence I’ve ever met.
“But I found the disagreements enjoyable, he did as well.
“To me, at least, he seemed to enjoy nothing more than a good argument – and a forthright argument.
“One thing I know absolutely, he was a get-on-with-life sort of person – get on with it, no maudlin sentimentality.
“An extended mourning in the country would not have been to his liking, I can be absolutely certain about that.
“He would have wanted folk to get on with their lives, recognise and pay respects for a hugely long-standing public service.
“For the rest of us, his message would be absolutely, ‘get on with it’.”
A survey of 1,007 over-16s in Scotland suggests an SNP majority or an SNP/Green coalition would have the most backing as the “best mandate” for a second independence referendum, rather than involvement from Mr Salmond’s new party.
Salmond accuses Sturgeon of ‘insufficient urgency’ in independence push
The former first minister hopes his new Alba Party will help see a supermajority of pro-independence MSPs elected in May.Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has accused his successor Nicola Sturgeon of having failed to pursue the case for independence urgently enough.
Results of an opinion poll, carried out for The Scotsman newspaper by Savanta ComRes, published last week suggested the SNP would win 64 seats and narrowly miss out on an outright majority.
It predicted 10 pro-independence Scottish Green MSPs would be elected but Alba, on 3% of the regional list vote, would fail to gain any seats.
But Mr Salmond claims almost half of SNP voters get on board with the idea of creating a supermajority in the Scottish Parliament by giving their regional list vote to Alba.
He added: “It will fundamentally change the power balance between Scotland and Westminster and propel us on the road to independence.”
Alan Titchmarsh reveals Prince Philip sent letter after interview .
Alan Titchmarsh, 71, revealed on GMB that the Duke Of Edinburgh sent him a letter admitting that interviews weren't his 'favourite occupation' after a difficult chat to mark his 90th birthday. The pair are pictured during an ITV programme in 2017 2/3 SLIDES © Provided by Daily Mail The gardener, who is a longtime friend of the Royal Family, took part in a special programme celebrating Prince Philip's many years of service in 2011.