University honours his 30 years in political spotlight

Alex Salmond is honoured
Alex Salmond is honoured

Former First Minister of Scotland - and proud Black Bitch - Alex Salmond was bestowed with a singular honour on Tuesday.

At a special ceremony, the University of Glasgow conferred upon him an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University.

Mr Salmond said: “I’m absolutely delighted to receive this honour from one of Scotland’s most distinguished institutions which has shaped the world we live in throughout its history.

“Glasgow remains at the vanguard in terms of teaching excellence and research.”

The principal of the University, Professor Anton Muscatelli, said: “The decision by Senate to confer the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University on Alex Salmond continues the long tradition at Glasgow of recognising 
major contributions to public life from across the political spectrum.

‘‘Previous recipients of honorary degrees have included Donald Dewar, Sir Menzies Campbell, Charles Kennedy and George Younger.

“All political observers recognise that Alex Salmond is a dominant figure in Scottish politics.

‘‘In a parliamentary career that spans almost three decades, he was twice leader of the SNP, and the longest serving First Minister of Scotland from 2007-2014.

‘‘Higher Education was a key part of his programme for government and his government supported the ambition of Scotland’s universities whilst encouraging access from all who had talent and ambition to learn.

“Mr Salmond led Scotland during what was, arguably, the most important period of constitutional debate in the last 300 years and he continues to play an important role in British politics.”