Mr. Salmond is a brilliant electoral manager reminiscent of the late Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago in his taste for skullduggery and Louisiana's historic Huey Long in his repertoire of populist skills.
Mr. Salmond party is light on ideas and does not offer a coherent model for Scottish society in which the rights and duties of citizenship are clearly spelled out. There is no desire to reclaim and update the values of the 18th-century Scottish Enlightenment where a political contract was pioneered for governing society based on freedom of religious affiliation, neutrality of the public space, and the insistence of the superiority of civil laws over religiously-based ones.
He's not that impressed with Alex, to the extent that he compares the SNP's Scotland to pre-1989 East Germany (presumably in terms of its economics rather than politics) and furthermore claims that the Mullahs in Iran will be dancing with delight when Mr Salmond finally manages to cast his people free from the Colonial Yoke.
I think his implication that he is somehow soft on the Jihadists is perhaps a slight exaggeration, nevertheless despite that, refreshing to read for once a less than fawning review of Alex Salmond.