A question of money
The first minister - clutching his third award on the trot for Top Politician - is, it would seem, less than impressed with the assurances offered re party donations from a previous award winner.
Hat-trick Alex thinks that Gordon Brown still has a deal of explaining to do with regard to the £600,000 given to Labour via intermediaries by businessman David Abrahams.
Mr Brown faced the media today for his regular grilling (hideous, if inadvertent, timing, eh?).
He said the money had been improperly donated and would be returned.
He had not known, he said, about the donations to the party - which have already prompted the resignation of Labour’s general secretary. He had himself turned down the offer of cash from this source.
Mr Salmond is not impressed. Heading back to Edinburgh to chair his cabinet, the first minister said the explanation offered by the Labour Party was “stretching credibility”.
The FM’s Westminster colleague Angus MacNeil - also an award winner - said Labour had “hung Harriet Harman out to dry” over the disclosure that she had accepted a donation from an associate of Mr Abrahams.
Is this issue closed down? Not by a long, long way. At the very least, expect it to be raised by David Cameron at questions to the Prime Minister tomorrow.
Scots opposition MPs are also trying to find ways of ventilating their views in questions to the Scottish Secretary - immediately prior to PMQs.
PS: Update on the cost of the new Scottish airport “slogan”. It’s £125,000 for work and materials - and comes out of existing budgets.