Responding to Alex Salmond’s comment about Margaret Thatcher’s government, to Total Politics magazine, that he “didn’t mind the economic side so much” Labour’s Malcolm Chisholm said:
“Alex Salmond should hang his head in shame.
“Margaret Thatcher closed down our shipyards, destroyed our mining industry and put three million people on the dole.
“She did more damage to Scotland than any other living person – and then gave us the poll tax for good measure.
“Labour has always accused the SNP of being ‘tartan Tories’, but we never expected Alex Salmond to give an interview confirming it.
“Most Scots will find his comments deeply offensive. They show that after just a year of power he is already losing touch.”