​Salmond 'Politician Of The Year'

​Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has been named politician of the year by men's magazine GQ.

The magazine praised the SNP leader's "audacity, panache and persistence'' in its Men of the Year Awards, published in the latest edition.

Mr Salmond has turned a once "hopeless constitutional case'' into "an electrifying argument about modern Scotland''.

GQ said: "Whatever his compatriots decide on 18 September in the referendum on Scottish independence, Alex Salmond is already a winner as far as GQ is concerned, as the first minister and SNP leader, by his audacity, panache and persistence, has shown that politics can still be thrilling.

"Burly, charismatic and terrific company, the 59-year-old has taken a hopeless constitutional case and turned it into an electrifying argument about modern Scotland and its 21st-century future.

"He has made an art form of the underdog's plight, consistently outshining the ''Better Together" pro-Union campaign, turning what was thought to be a fait accompli into a proper punch-up fought according to ''Motherwell rules".

"Win or lose, Salmond has energised his country and bolstered its collective self-confidence.

"Even if his country votes against independence - which, as we went to press, was looking likely - the Tartan Pimpernel has been a bright flash of colour on the grey highway of political life: living proof that politics, at its best, is still about brains, wit and courage.''

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