Report 100 Days to Scottish Independence Referendum in National & International News Posted September 19, 2014 Alex Salmond's demise is a fascinating development. It all looks far too well-rehearsed to have been a spur of the moment decision. It must have been an SNP plan for the event of a defeat in the referendum. It looks aimed to draw the fire of a lot of the Scottish opposition - they have pushed the line of attacking Salmond personally for years and it may mean that the blame for the referendum failure will be attached to him rather than his party and allow Sturgeon a chance to take over for another push sooner rather than later. (Especially, as Kavi suggests, since Westminster will undoubtedly renege on any real reform of government for any part of the UK.) I don't think Salmond would have continued long in any case. If he'd won then he'd have had his moment of glory, achieved his lifetime aim and probably have bowed out after negotiating independence with Westminster. From his point of view he couldn't have bettered the achievement - especially by heading a government that would have had to deal with a lot of unpopular decisions. He's a politician after all, he'll do what they all try to do and what he'd have done anyway - go off to make a lot of money on the back of his political career before he gets too old to accumulate a few million.