Alex Salmond: My Part in His Downfall: The Cochrane Diaries

By Alan Cochrane

Alan Cochrane – or ‘that ghastly guy from the Telegraph’, as Alex Salmond’s spouse calls him – emerged as a Unionist hero in Scotland’s fresh independence conflict. utilizing his day-by-day newspaper column and his enviable checklist of Westminster and Scottish contacts, the veteran journalist fixed a private venture to make sure the survival of the uk and the downfall of Alex Salmond’s Scottish nationalist reason. even as, Cochrane used to be secretly preserving a diary charting each twist and switch within the crusade, from Westminster’s determination on even if to permit the poll to head forward to Gordon Brown’s past due access onto the scene as tensions fastened within the No camp. during the pages of this illuminating magazine, Cochrane unearths the reality approximately how the united kingdom used to be gained, providing biting research, telling element and infrequently trenchant wit. because the polls narrowed within the run-up to 18 September, the historical struggle for Britain introduced out the simplest and the worst within the characters concerned. together with his behind-the-scenes entry to David Cameron, Alistair Darling, Gordon Brown and everybody in among, Alan Cochrane increases the curtain at the panicked, incompetent and cynical international of contemporary politics, sparing nobody from his acerbic tongue.

"The booklet is very unlikely to parody simply because at some point soon whereas writing it Cochrane grew to become a self-parody."
-- STV News

'In basic, BBC Scotland is filled with humans whose default place is left, left, Nat, Nat, left. yet no longer very discerning left, both. They’re simply no longer very bright.'

-- March 17, 2012, quote from The Cochrane Diaries.

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I’ve continuously inspiration it'd be a detailed result,’ he says. ‘Maybe sixty–forty. ’ I don’t just like the sound of that and neither did Murdoch M whilst I informed him. How can we galvanise our bloody help? Or can we simply wait and settle for that they’ll prove and do the company on referendum day? I’m definite that individuals may visibly help the reason if BT gave them the chance. I’m seeing Shorthouse this present day. What approximately a few vehicle and window stickers? It’s time to move public. I’ve emailed Harrow – he's often up for a struggle, which for a Lib Dem is fresh. 22 OCTOBER Had a talk with Harrow, who’s in London to rejoice ‘Lord’ Purvis of Tweed’s472 ennoblement. As Simon says, ‘There’s wish for us all if he will get one. ’ And Harrow says he’s having lunch with Michael Moore, without doubt to commiserate with the terrible lad over wasting his activity. 473 What a bloody hypocrite! He’s been campaigning and lobbying for Carmichael to get the SoS task for months. I even wrote it as soon as! Politicians – dontcha luv ’em. He in comparison Eck’s largesse – staying for 4 nights at Gleneagles – to Carmichael’s, who opts for best motels, however it used to be Nat cash that paid for Gleneagles and without doubt they obtained a deal from Diageo. needs to control even if Salmond pronounces it. Harrow additionally acknowledged there's a call for for greater jointly posters and stickers. needs to get a few. Shorthouse acknowledged everybody at BT is ‘shitting themselves’ approximately how winning the SNP convention was once, and he stated that the Salmond and Sturgeon speeches have been visible as particularly solid, that's correct – they have been. yet he acknowledged the numbers have been nonetheless at the part of the angels, simply so lengthy as we continue plugging away and the Nats retain creating a balls of the industrial arguments. All a section unsettling, frankly. 23 OCTOBER Grangemouth blew up and that i needed to cancel New membership lunch with Harrow. Pity. Phoned John Swinney at the off-chance and – lo and behold – he responded his cellular and chatted away approximately what a bloody nightmare the administration AND the unions are on the plant. He says there’s no determination making among an ‘impenetrable’ administration and that every little thing ultimately will get referred again to JR – Jim Ratcliffe. 474 little or no probability of contract simply because every body hates one another. Vile surroundings. It used to be sturdy historical past for my piece and he stated it might be tough for the Nats to discover a client or to nationalise, which they’re now not drawn to, simply because Ineos are actually going for liquidation. Wrote a bit for op-ed, which they used. I musn’t abuse the Swinney hyperlink, yet should also maintain it open. 24 OCTOBER outstanding. McCluskey475 of Unite flies as much as Grangemouth and caves in on every little thing – the lot: pensions, salary freeze, every little thing. Carmichael and Swinney happen for talks; Cameron and Miliband make supportive noises; everyone seems to be on aspect. What a take place. absolutely that shit Ratcliffe can’t flip down a deal now. yet who is aware? Tom P says there’s immense redundo declaration on the Scotsman subsequent Monday. Ian Stewart476 has long gone away on his mountain motorbike to ‘clear his head’, or so that they say. Christ, what a poseur.

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