Is Alex Salmond, the former Scottish Nationalist leader and First Minister, getting too big for his highland boots?
You could be forgiven for thinking that he still holds these posts – on the basis of his regular blustering statements about screwing up both Labour and the Tories if he is elected.
He is fighting a Westminster seat in Scotland and will probably win. He is one of the most able and aggressive politicians in the United Kingdom and, if he does win, he will almost certainly cause both Ed Miliband and David Cameron a lot of grief, especially if the SNP make huge gains on May 7.
I suspect that Nicola Sturgeon, the new SNP leader, is getting somewhat irritated by his bombast. She has already had to point out that she is the boss now. Any suggestion of a mounting feud between these two individuals could affect the vote. The electorate does not like a squabbling party. Meanwhile, I would advise Salmond to button up until – and if – he is elected.
As the first of only two MPs to defect from the Tories to Ukip, Douglas Carswell is surely one of Nigel Farage’s prize exhibits.
Yet Carswell was a notable absentee from the launch of Ukip’s poster campaign the other day. It looked like a snub to the leader – even if it wasn’t supposed to be.
Carswell, who is defending a 12,000 majority in Clacton, explains there is no such thing as a safe seat, so he spent the time pounding the streets of the constituency and banging on doors.
Surely his absence from the constituency for a couple of hours, more than a month before polling day, would not have had the slightest effect on the result. And I doubt whether voters would have shed any tears as a result of his brief absence.
All he had to do was appear loyally and then catch a commuter train to Clacton. Simple! His absence from this ceremony was ill-advised to say the least, and I hope Farage rapped his knuckles.
Meanwhile, it’s all very well Farage adopting this blokeish ‘man of the people’ act, propping up a bar, a pint in one hand and a cigarette in the other, grinning at the cameras. But if he employs “heavies” (as he did recently to bar reporters from an election meeting in Dover) then that is like celebrities going to enormous lengths to get into the papers, then kicking up a fuss when something derogatory is said about them.
As someone once said; if you live by the press you should be prepared to die by the press.