Alex Salmond: My Part in His Downfall: The Cochrane Diaries
Alan Cochrane – or ‘that ghastly guy from the Telegraph’, as Alex Salmond’s spouse calls him – emerged as a Unionist hero in Scotland’s contemporary independence conflict. utilizing his day-by-day newspaper column and his enviable record of Westminster and Scottish contacts, the veteran journalist fastened a private venture to make sure the survival of the uk and the downfall of Alex Salmond’s Scottish nationalist reason. whilst, Cochrane used to be secretly holding a diary charting each twist and switch within the crusade, from Westminster’s selection on even if to permit the poll to head forward to Gordon Brown’s overdue access onto the scene as tensions fastened within the No camp. throughout the pages of this illuminating magazine, Cochrane finds the reality approximately how the united kingdom was once received, providing biting research, telling element and infrequently trenchant wit. because the polls narrowed within the run-up to 18 September, the ancient struggle for Britain introduced out the simplest and the worst within the characters concerned. along with his behind-the-scenes entry to David Cameron, Alistair Darling, Gordon Brown and everybody in among, Alan Cochrane increases the curtain at the panicked, incompetent and cynical global of recent politics, sparing nobody from his acerbic tongue.
"The e-book is most unlikely to parody simply because at some point soon whereas writing it Cochrane turned a self-parody."
-- STV News
'In normal, BBC Scotland is full of humans whose default place is left, left, Nat, Nat, left. yet now not very discerning left, both. They’re simply now not very bright.'
-- March 17, 2012, quote from The Cochrane Diaries.
grew to become up and acquired a monstering from the hacks. He’s complete now – I don’t recognize why he doesn’t simply settle for it and piss off someplace. fascinating blether on the street with George Reid,143 ex-Nat Presiding Officer. He acknowledged that if he used to be Cameron he’d simply carry the referendum himself and bugger Alex. Had a talk with Jackson Carlaw144 within the bar. That’s what he’s advocating, too. i believe it is going to occur that method. DC up the next day yet no note from Dunlop. nonetheless, in his absence I instructed Ramsay Jones to.
Crap. We’ve had crises sooner than – Falklands, Black Wednesday, terrorist assaults and so forth. – and this can be a main issue in Scotland with Salmond and the Nats. every thing else is bloody fluff. 24 APRIL Election specialist introduced that the referendum should have just one query. first-class. remember the fact that, daft previous Henry McLeish disagrees. How come the worst and stupidest baby-kisser Scotland has ever produced continues to be listened to … other than he’s now not, except by way of the Nats and the Beeb. What an afternoon! Wrote a.
On Radio Hootsmon approximately that Farage piece – says I proselytise approximately GMS being all lefties. no longer lefties, simply dead. 24 might Harry domestic for a complete week! Brill. 25 may well began on that bloody backyard garbage. a long way an excessive amount of for me. wonderful climate. 26 might begin of 1 week’s hols. Had a barbeque, which I acknowledged will be too chilly for the women yet they endured – via gritted the teeth. three JUNE again to paintings this day, after smashing week off with best friend, Sue and Fearless up for the.
Mullin.527 All they'd have been never-ending stories concerning the Celtic supervisor resigning. after they ultimately did it the subsequent morning, they performed all of it down and took the Nat line. No ask yourself Mullin is bored to death with BBC Scotland; they're relatively, particularly dead. Crap from best to backside. They wouldn’t be aware of a narrative if it hit them among the bloody eyes. Their most sensible political reporter, Glen Campbell, had a foolish wee tale concerning the CBI, while their ‘referendum reporter’, an individual referred to as Laura Bicker,.
that they had threatened to stay him on an Air Eskimo, no-frills flight again to Winnipeg. lovely cozy temper within the Café Royal; it looked to be jam-packed with No electorate, together with one very loud Lib Dem who shouted on the best of his voice that he sought after Salmond not to in basic terms lose the referendum but in addition the Ryder Cup, simply to wipe the boastful grin off his face. i'll see what he intended yet that was once taking issues a section too a ways. 18 - 19 SEPTEMBER Used our apartment as media centre for the good in a single day.