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We'll never forget you, Alec Salmon!

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:59 am    Post subject: We'll never forget you, Alec Salmon!  Reply with quote

We'll never forget you, Alec Salmon!
(With apologies to the author of graffiti: "We'll never forget you, Noel Kinnock!)

Just when we thought it was safe to enter the polling booth we are faced with the prospect of what is described as: "Undoubtedly the Most Exciting Event of this year’s (Edinburgh) Festival!" We are invited: "to join Alex Salmond and friends in an afternoon of chat, stories, a little bit of music and lots of fun". An Exciting Event? This is Alex Salmond we are talking about!

The blurb poses an interesting question: "Have you ever wondered what Scotland's longest-serving First Minister really thinks?"  Er, no! What we all wondered was IF he really thinks!

We are told: " Alex Salmond, unleashed from the restraints of public office, will appear at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms for a bit of light-hearted banter and a few behind the scenes revelations about his time in power. This description gives the impression that Alex has been straining to free himself of the restrictions imposed by public office in order that he can tread the stage of entertainment like Archie Rice, played by Sir Laurence Olivier in "The Entertainer".

The truth is that dear old Alex resigned as First Minister because he failed to convince the Scottish electorate that independence was the here and now. This was followed by Alex being dumped by the good burghers of Gordon at the recent General Election. Perhaps Alex hopes to emulate Tony Blair who has, reportedly, amassed millions of pounds on the Speech Circuit. Whatever, if this is "Undoubtably the Most Exciting Event of this year's Festival" one can only conclude that the Edinburgh Festival 2017 has hit an all time low and I shall save my £22 (or £17 concession) for something more entertaining like root-canal treatment!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I've always had him down as a Showman, so maybe he's finally found his true vocation.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fidget wrote:
Well, I've always had him down as a Showman, so maybe he's finally found his true vocation.


Don't confuse a massive ego with being a showman! True, a showman is likely to be an egotist but an egotist can fall well short of being a true showman.

I wrote the following post on August 27 2014, quite soon after the TV debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling:

On another post I said I hoped Alex Salmond would hit the ground running in this second debate and so it proved. Alex Salmond won the debate hands down and, if the two debates are viewed together, I believe he would be shown to have come out on top overall.

The Yes campaign has every right to be buoyed by Alex Salmond's performance but in the midst of all the congratulations and back-slapping I, as a trained negotiator, would raise a point of criticism of how things were handled by him.

His moving from behind the lecturn and walking to the front of the stage was a master stroke! He left Alistair Darling behind and engaged directly with the audience and the TV cameras. Speaking quietly and confidently he had them in the palm of his hands and held them there till he finished making his point.

He then totally destroyed the advantage he had gained by breaking eye contact with his audience, turning his back on them and trudging back to the lecturn. Alex Salmond is not an imposing figure and the sight of this short, balding, portly individual plodding back to the lecturn simply broke the spell!
Alex Salmond's choreographers must have been screaming at the TV monitors when they saw Alex ruin the moment.

What Alex should have done was timed his return to his lecturn so that he was facing his audience whilst still talking and moving slowly backwards till he regained a position alongside the lecturn.

Alex Salmond performed this move five times in all, which made it appear contrived. How much better it would have been if he had done it once at the start of the debate and then again towards the end.

Alex showed once more that he is not able to debate/negotiate in a controlled environment with any degree of professionalism.


I still hold to the view that he is not an instinctive performer and does not have the discipline required to follow the course set by his advisors and choreographers, but I would not be too fussed if Alex Salmond did find some kind of success on the entertainment circuit, so long as it took him out of circulation on the political scene.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember, decades ago now, attending a series of training sessions on negotiating styles and tactics.
A few weeks after that I was in a room with two fellow participants, both senior to me, who were "negotiating" some issue or other.
Both of them adopted the style and tactics they had been schooled and practiced in.

Lunge, parry, thrust, feint, riposte, attack, counter-attack. It started off seriously enough, but both soon realised that for every move there was a counter move. With good humour and a laugh they both acknowledged they were getting no where.  We'd be as well playing rock, paper, scissors one said. And, with a shrug, that's what they did.

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