However, Mr Alexander refused to withdraw his remarks, instead claiming there was a vendetta against him and branding The Courier — recently praised by SNP leader and First Minister Alex Salmond for its objectivity — biased.
Alistair will tackle this directly by saying:
Not content with trying to divide the UK, the supporters of independence also seek to divide our fellow Scots – depending on their voting intentions in the referendum.
I tell you this – once you start mixing up politics and patriotism you can quickly get into dangerous territory.
I am proud to be a Scot. My parents both come from families that, as far as we can trace, have always lived in Scotland. My father is a native Gaelic speaker and as a child I competed at local and national Mods. I was educated in the Scottish state sector and gained ‘O’ Grades and Highers from what also used to be the Scottish Certificate of Education Examination Board. I studied Scots Law at the University of Aberdeen. I have held a commission as a Procurator Fiscal Depute – an ancient office of the Scottish legal system. I practiced as a solicitor licensed by the Law Society of Scotland. Since 2001 I have represented a Scottish constituency in the House of Commons.
I drink malt whisky.
What else do I have to do for these people to regard me as a “true” Scot as opposed to being a “supposed” one?
Stronger and safer
We share our resources and we pool our risks. Where it makes sense to act as a United Kingdom on issues like cyber crime, banking and pensions that is what exactly we do. We are stronger and safer together as a result. When it makes sense to have decisions taken in Scotland by the Scottish Parliament we devolve the responsibility to Holyrood. It is the best of both worlds. It is a constructive and positive approach. Our instinct is to be constructive and find what works best.