King Charles greets well wishers at Aboyne in Scotland
Alex Salmond has been accused of unveiling the true face of Scottish nartionalism as he let slip it would be a republic and not keep the monarchy. The revelation came as he was interviewed on LBC by Andrew Marr and described the King ahead of the Coronation this weekend as “the last King of Scots.”
Opponents immediately pointed out when he led the Yes campaign in the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, Salmond had vowed that Scotland would remain a monarchy.
As SNP First Minister, he often visited Charles when Prince of Wales at Balmoral in Aberdeenshire near to his old Scottish Parliament and Westminster seats.
The tactic was to try and reasure Scots who wavered on independence that their would not be an extreme change.
But the truth emerged in the Marr interview.
Asked what the future of the monarchy in Scotland will be, Salmond replied: “Limited. I think Scotland will become independent… and I think the majority of people will want to start on the basis of an elected Head of State.
“If you’re starting a new country, then presumably, you start on the premise of a democracy. And in that sense, I think Charles III will be the last King of Scots.”
Labour’s shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray pointed out it was another example of Salmond misleading Scots in the 2014 independence referendum.
He said: “As with NATO, the pound and the future of Scotland, Alex Salmond told voters in 2014 whatever they wanted to hear. Now we have the monarchy.
“It doesn’t matter if you are a republican or a monarchists this kind of childish slur is not what ordinary Scots think.
“After all the assurances during the Yes campaign the mask finally slips with Salmond and the Yes campaign.”
A Conservative MP accused Salmond of insulting the monarchy at a time when the nation is getting ready to come together for the Coronation.
Dudley North MP Marco Longhi said: “Salmond is characteristically fanning nationalist separatist flames, but thankfully many will see through this latest quasi-narcissistic outburst.
“Over decades the Royal family, and in particular Her late Majesty the Queen, has shown great love and affection to Scotland and Scottish people.
“Salmond’s narrative demeans him and insults not only His Majesty the King, but all those Scottish people who love the Royal family.
“Oddly, Salmond’s talk about our Union and Monarchy as if the two were incompatible with democratic government. Never mind that the existing structures are admired around the globe, how does he think the devolution settlement and the independence votes were brought about?
“All he is doing is trying to appear relevant, which is sad.”
Alex Salmond is leader of the Alba Party which he set up to rival the SNP when he was forced out by Nicola Sturgeon following a court case where he was accused and found not guilty of sexual offences.
But Mr Salmond also took the opportunity to mock Ms Sturgeon’s successor Humza Yousaf following the Stone of Destiny in a ceremony as the historic object left Edinburgh Castle for the Coronation in London.
He said: “In the ceremony, the First Minister of Scotland was like some sort of pet poodle parading on behind it.
“Can I just say that if I were First Minister, and they’ll be a collective sigh of relief I’m not, the stone would not be going anywhere.
“The Stone of Destiny is the most ancient symbol of Scottish sovereignty. I mean, I know it’s just a lump of rock, but it’s our lump of rock.”
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