Westminster SNP leader Angus Robertson MP has welcomed the news that Alex Salmond has won the prestigious The Times 2011 Briton of the Year award.

The award was announced yesterday and rounds off a memorable year for the SNP leader and Scottish First Minister that saw the SNP win the first ever majority government at the Scottish Parliament.

Dubbing the last twelve months: "2011 -The year of Alex Salmond", the London based newspaper added:

"Mr Salmond demonstrated the electoral appeal of claiming a monopoly upon optimism.  He persuaded voters that he was a man of bold vision, a man who, with charisma, would be able to do things differently."

Mr Robertson said that he was delighted with the First Minister's success:

"Alex is a charismatic leader both for Scotland and for the SNP.  This award is testament to the ambition of the Scottish people and the hard work of the SNP.

"The First Minster's aim and his drive is to continue moving Scotland forward, and to deliver the long awaited referendum on Independence.

"It has been a remarkable year for the First Minister, the SNP and Scotland but we are well aware of the hard work that lies ahead of us over the coming months and years.

"Alex Salmond and the SNP have put their faith in the people of Scotland which will allow the voters the choice to decide the future when the referendum comes in the second half of the parliamentary campaign.

"As we move closer to the referendum the First Minister and the SNP will engage in a serious and robust debate with everyone who has an interest in moving Scotland forward.  The debate will give the people of Scotland the facts they need to decide how they are going to vote on the constitutional future at the referendum on Independence."

The Times award is the latest in a number of similar accolades bestowed on Scotland’s First Minister who also won the "Best Politician" award at The Scottish Green Energy Awards.
In October, Mr Salmond received the "South Australia International Climate Change Leadership Award" from the government of South Australia.
He also picked up the UK Political Studies Association "Politician of the Year" award, the Spectator magazine's "Politician of the Year" award, as well as the Herald newspaper's "Politician of the Year" prize.


# Louperdowg 2011-12-28 11:47
Congratulations , Mr Salmond, a remarkable year indeed.

It has been a year of marvellous highs for supporters of independence and I hope that all the cards are in place for the next stage of our journey.

Best wishes for 2012!
# maisiedotts 2011-12-28 11:58
Very many congratulations to Alex Salmond a well deserved recognition of a true statesman.
# UpSpake 2011-12-28 12:04
How will the MSM in Scotland and our 5th column, BBC Scotland report this ?.
# edinburgh quine 2011-12-28 13:31
"How will the MSM in Scotland and our 5th column, BBC Scotland report this?"

In their usual way by tagging it with a negative story about Scotland/SNP. Probably the story that Scotland isn't strong enough to go it alone (see main story today on this site)
# Embradon 2011-12-28 16:42
So far they are using plan B and ignoring the story.
# Macart 2011-12-28 12:06
A well deserved accolade by Mr Salmond. The FM and the SNP have had an amazing year and regardless of which corner of the independence church you hail from we should all applaud the manner in which the FM and his team have conducted themselves in the past year.

Well done folks and keep up the good work.
# Exile 2011-12-28 14:04
Agreed, Macart.
# cokynutjoe 2011-12-28 14:37
Good article on this by Ian Bell in today's Herald!
# Alx1 2011-12-28 15:08
Well done Alex Salmond and there could be no better accolade than the mother of parliaments(?) following the SNPs' lead in bringing in alcohol minimum pricing and freezing the council tax.

Oh the envy of popular politics even from a wee pretendy parliament.
# call me dave 2011-12-28 15:53
Well deserved and a clean sweep of the silverware I think.

The 'First Eck' is a man of substance and political gravitas. He has without doubt managed with a few good people on board to wake Scotland up from sleepwalking into oblivion and put us on the world stage again for the right reasons.

We all know 2011 was wonderful but how close were we in 2007, that was the clincher, some seats were won by tiny margins. A single seat advantage 47 to labours 46.

That was the genie escaping from the bottle.

Scotland raised itself up from the coffin just before they screwed the lid down and gasped a lungful of air, we were not dead we were still alive!!

Well done Mr Salmond.

Read Kerry Wills rant in the Daily Express this morning. Full of hatred, venom and bile
ungracious in the extreme.

I sipped my hot morning coffee, smiled and turned the page. They don't get it do they!

Interesting times.
# gopher3 2011-12-28 16:16
Well done Mr Salmond, may the awards continue in 2012.
# creag an tuirc 2011-12-28 16:56
Well done Mr Salmond. I liked this quote from Angus.

"As we move closer to the referendum the First Minister and the SNP will engage in a serious and robust debate with everyone who has an interest in moving Scotland forward. The debate will give the people of Scotland the facts they need to decide how they are going to vote on the constitutional future at the referendum on Independence."

I wonder which facts the Unionist are going to bring to the debate?

Saor Alba.
# Kiltshy 2011-12-28 17:40
Well done FM Salmond, you deserve all those awards and more. You have shown Scotland the way forward thank you.
# m4rkyboy 2011-12-28 17:48
I lol'd at this.'Briton' of the year.Britain is England.
# Alx1 2011-12-28 23:36
Quoting m4rkyboy:
I lol'd at this.'Briton' of the year.Britain is England.

Impudent boy didn't you know England won the war......what, what :-)
# m4rkyboy 2011-12-29 00:19
What tilted me hardest about that article was the moan that 'British' children don't learn enough history while at the same time re-writing history by omission.I am starting to figure out how insularity down south is so far advanced that we have been erased from the collective consciousness.England is Britain and Britain is England.Any objection to having this projected upon yourself is considered ungrateful and you have a chip on your shoulder.
# call me dave 2011-12-28 18:32
BBC Scotland TV news at 18:15hrs had this to say about the 'Brit of the Year award'

'. . . . . . . . . . . . . . '

Says it all really!
# balbeggie 2011-12-28 19:11
you can read the full Times editorial via this blog. It seems to suggest that AS is the sole reason for the SNP success, they ignore all the party activist and non-members (many campaigning for decades)who are responsible for the victory in May and the whole Scottish Goverment's period of office.

# mato21 2011-12-28 19:24
Thanks for the link
I see the failed banks and separation both got a mention! I did agree with them about the FMs. passionate belief in his nation, that's what sets him apart from the others he believes in the people of Scotland who have reciprocated
# oldnat 2011-12-28 21:22
The Grauniad take a similar line


The Brits seem to be entranced by the idea of the "Great Leader". Anything that happens must only be due to his/her words and actions. They really don't seem to understand that Alex is articulating the views of the Scots, rather than making them think that autonomy leading to independence, is not a bad idea.
# macgilleleabhar 2011-12-30 17:21
And from the Guardian;

"The Scottish Labour, Tory and Lib Dem leaders are too weak to head the 'no' effort. Some suggest a figure outside politics – Alex Ferguson? – or an elder statesman, such as Gordon Brown. "

The London lack of understanding of the present Scottish mindset is cringe worthy!
Long may it continue.
# Astonished 2011-12-28 19:14
Firstly congrats to the First minister.

Secondly can you imagine the BBC reports(plural and lots of 'em) if rosa had won an award ?

The Scottish Government needs to take the BBC to task. And quickly. I would suggest inviting (forcing) the BBC governors to attend Scotland's Parliament to discuss bias.
# mato21 2011-12-28 19:26
If she wins a line at the bingo (in the labour club of course) we'll never hear the end of it
# Teri 2011-12-28 20:11
Congratulations to AS. This is an award that he thoroughly deserved to earn. I cant think of anyone else, can you? It's great that his qualities are being recognised at last.
# curley bill 2011-12-28 20:27
No disrespect to The Boss, but I voted for Pippa Middleton's bum...
# mato21 2011-12-28 20:46
Bums hudnae a luk in, a man of substance won
# call me dave 2011-12-28 22:39
Quoting curley bill:
No disrespect to The Boss, but I voted for Pippa Middleton's bum...

Karl Marx:

'The end justifies the jeans'

My other favourite this year:
Why did Mickey Mouse go the doctor?

He was suffering from Disney spells!!
# balbeggie 2011-12-28 21:00
another article about AS, this time in the Guardian.

# Alx1 2011-12-28 23:06
Hi balbeggie,

I read the article and a few pages of the comments. Thanks for the link.
A few things stood out for me.
There wasn't the usual anti bigoted Scottish sentiments you usually read from Southern commenter's.
Another point is that when there is the mention of oil revenues from unionists' the response of mentioning 'only' oil revenue from nationalists' drives me up the wall.
We have vast amounts of gas reserves in the North Sea and the revenues from our gas are extremely substantial.
The unionists love to play our reserves down by only mentioning oil and if a nationalist replies only mentioning oil revenue then that nationalist commenter is playing straight into their hands.

Good work by the nationalist posters there and elsewhere. Keep up the good work, but please quote our gas revenues!!!!
# Hirta 2011-12-28 21:58
Why, according to their Charter, are the BBC not reporting this newsworthy piece?

To not even have it on their Political part of the website is just terrible ( bbc.co.uk/.../... )

Instead, the 2nd article is almost days old (pollution).

Why, oh why, is nobody, not even the SNP it seems, asking questions of the BBC and their utterly poor reporting?

Who decided at Pacific Quay this story was not worth even a slight mention, and why?
# tartanfever 2011-12-28 22:25
Yep Hirta, agree with all you say.

Misreporting Scotland tonight was it's usual fix of murder and old firm football with the weather chucked in. Tonight we heard the tragic case of a murder last week which had previously been reported in full over a couple of days but the story was replayed tonight because the police have decided to stop vehicles in the vicinity of the crime to ask drivers if they saw anything.

Tragic though this story is, is the additional fact that the police are going to be questioning road users really national news ? and is it a reason to run the story again ? IMO, no.

A good few minutes also devoted to some pop singer who lives (or lived as she is probably in London now) in Aberdeen and has done well this year. Good for her, but again - worthy of 3 mins of a 10 min bulletin, I don't think so. The story was played out on the premise that she is back in Scotland -' whoopy doo, so what ?' I found myself saying.

We also had failed ex-labour 'reporter' Catriona Renton down by the Clyde reporting on the weather - all of 20 feet away from Pathetic Quay's fire exit door - telling us it's high tide on the Clyde, and yes, the river level is high. No S**t Sherlock ! Give that lass a BAFTA..
# call me dave 2011-12-28 22:57
Put simply they do it because they can!

Otherwise it would stick in their craw and they can't swallow the true about how their raison d'être is about to implode soon.

The tighter they grip the sand the more it trickles through their fingers.

See Sally Mag on the BBC election night re-runs. She's genuinely shocked and cant figure what has happened. After all Margaret C, Johann L, Andy K and that nice Mr Gray said it was a cinch!
# Macart 2011-12-30 08:20
Had it been a First Minister of Scotland of any other political persuasion the story would have run for days. It makes you sick!
# J Wil 2011-12-29 00:14
"...it would stick in their craw..."

It certainly stuck in Jackie Bird's craw last night! Perhaps it was a guilt reflex.
# call me dave 2011-12-29 00:19
Here is an interesting article from the Herald.
More thoughtful than some of the bile I have read elsewhere.

Why we need a worthy opponent for Salmond

Ian Bell
Alexander Elliot Anderson Salmond is our Politician of the Year.

# edinburgh quine 2011-12-29 10:30
It's a waste of time for political parties to complain to the EBC. They are arrogant, complacent and so up their own backsides as to not actually care about anything or anyone. They mug us for our money, then ignore us. Their Scottish outpost is an extreme version of the rest of the organisation so maybe what's needed is a Scottish-wide strike of the licence fee. We just refuse to pay en masse. They cannae pit us awe in jile... Anyone want to organise that?
# Hirta 2011-12-29 17:29
Well, the BBC make mention Briton of the Year, but I don't see any reference to AS.


# cjmjr 2011-12-29 18:29
" The BBC are not minded to support Independence " that was there statement.! Nothing was said about them actively opposing Independence.The question I have is could we use this political differance as a reason to withhold the licence fee and if convicted would you be classed as a political prisoner.!!
# J Wil 2011-12-29 21:13
You know exactly where the BBC are coming from when you see the new head of the BBC Trust (Chris Patten) and the Head of the BBC in London (Mark Thompson) sitting side by side in front of a Commons committee defending the comments made by Jeremy Clarkson on the One Show about public servant strikers.

It does not bode well for other digressions by the BBC when these two seem to be so close.
# Hirta 2011-12-29 21:54
So how about the head of BBC Scotland and other executives are held accountable by an SNP committee (we are majority Govt - yes? ) enquiring why they have an anti-SNP agenda?
# the wallace 2011-12-29 23:46
I dont want to sound crabbit,but why accept bawbles from the enemy establishment??.Beware of greeks baring gifts is phrase that comes to mind.personaly i would have told them to stick it up their arse.
# call me dave 2011-12-30 03:17
Quoting the wallace:
I dont want to sound crabbit,but why accept bawbles from the enemy establishment??.Beware of greeks baring gifts is phrase that comes to mind.personaly i would have told them to stick it up their arse.

Aye but! 'The First Eck' has to be seen to be the statesman he is. He represents us on the UK and world stage. I don't think for a moment it will make him swell headed or alter him in any way.
I wouldn't want him to turn down awards, especially those that are offered to him (through clenched teeth remember)by the unionist agents and our opponents.

It's all these little victories that lighten up our day on these pages, just go with the flow.

As I have said before there is no unionist in Scotland or down South able, or worthy enough, to draw Excalibur from the stone.

Besides Merlin was welsh anyway? so even he's on our side.

Happy New Year when it comes everyone.
# uilleam_beag 2011-12-30 06:04
Effectively King Arthur was "Welsh" too. In the earliest forms of the legend he's warrior of the combined Celtic tribes fighting against the Saxon invasion (unsuccessfully : his ultimate death at the Battle of Camlann is a classic Celtic celebration of glorious defeat, a tradition our football and rugby teams continue to this day), so the subsequent anglicisation of the myth is a total corruption. The most likely hypothesis is that he was a ruler of the Kindgdom of Strathclyde, which stretched from what is now Glasgow along the western half of the landmass and reaching about halfway down what we now call Wales. There are connections to Merlin (Myrdinn) in the Borders and around Lanark. A vastly reduced Strathclyde was eventually absorbed into the Kingdom of Alba, but really the P-celtic-speaking Welsh are the direct heirs to the Arthurian traditions.

Anyway, I love the delicious irony of a the independence movement's leader being named "Briton of the Year".
# call me dave 2011-12-30 17:35
# uilleam_beag 2011-12-30 06:04

Thanks for the info.
Have done a wee bit of reading in my past.

It was the significance of the sword which is 'in legend' unifies the island of Briton.

I think 'The First Eck' has it well hidden away.

# cokynutjoe 2011-12-30 00:15
Wid that no be "geeks".
# km 2011-12-30 07:27
Congrats to the First Minister. What an amazing year. And it's only starting...
# Jim Johnston 2011-12-30 08:00
It must have been a tough decission, not because of the merits of the First Minister or the lack of any other serious contender, but for the Times being unable to spin a "Talk down Scotland" story from the award.

Scotland already knows how good Alex Salmond and his SNP Government are. To lead Scotland to Independence will surely rate mighty high in our history.
# Angus 2011-12-30 08:42
Well done Alex, but I m a bit baffled, why he gets a Brit award for something the Brits dont like?
Maybe I m just cynical, but could this be the start of the buying off proccess, Lord Alex, Sir Alex etc.
Were there no some Red Clydesiders back in the 20s that did very well out of the Glasgow rising, infact they are still doing quite well!
I remember hearing that Sorely MacLean was given an OBE, he sent it back to the queen with a note saying he doubted she read Gaelic poetry.
# Hirta 2012-01-02 20:48

Great to see alexsalmond Briton of the year.


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