Pray Silence for the Gospel According to Alex Salmond; Messianic Zeal: Alex Salmond Knows His Bible
Byline: Graham Grant
THEY were stirring words designed to whip up patriotic fervour for hisplan to make Scotland independent once more.
But Alex Salmonds comments took on a strangely Messianic zeal reminiscent ofTony Blairs rousing rhetoric yesterday, as he explained his plans for a WhitePaper on breaking up the UK.
He told a TV interviewer Without vision, people perish, paraphrasing a Biblequotation from Proverbs 29: 18. Where there is no vision, the people perish. Itcontinues: But he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
It is clearly a line that has made an impression on Mr Salmond, who also usedit before the General Election in 2005.
He said then: Where there is no vision, the people perish, and there is novision in the Labour, Conservative or Liberal Democrat campaigns.
Mr Salmond said at the time that real vision comes from 1320, a reference tothe Declaration of Arbroath, which laid down a commitment to Scottish freedom.
His quotation from Proverbs was used by former U.S. President FranklinRoosevelt in his inaugural address in 1933, when he also famously said: Theonly thing we have to fear is fear itself.
The SNP leader may now see himself fighting the same kind of fear among thosecritics who remain opposed to his dream of an independent Scotland. …