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Alex Salmond

Geburtstag: 31. Dezember 1954

Alexander Elliot Anderson Salmond ist ein schottischer Politiker . Von 2007 bis 2014 war er Erster Minister seines Heimatlandesteils. Nachdem im September 2014 beim Referendum über die Unabhängigkeit Schottlands 55 % der Wähler gegen die Unabhängigkeit stimmten, trat er vom Amt des Ministerpräsidenten und vom Vorsitz der SNP zurück. Am 29. August 2018 erklärte er auch seinen Austritt aus der SNP. Wikipedia

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„We're a country with a balance of opinion. We are not a divided country.“

—  Alex Salmond

King Alex: The Man Behind Scotland's Independence Movement http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/scottish-independence-has-been-a-lifelong-goal-for-alex-salmond-a-991683.html, . (September 15, 2014)
Kontext: We're a country with a balance of opinion. We are not a divided country. but we're debating independence in an entirely peaceful fashion.

„I do have a strong faith and always have had“

—  Alex Salmond

Kontext: I do have a strong faith and always have had, I’m not a regular churchgoer now but I’m in church a lot – to do readings, to attend events and so on. I had a strong church upbringing which I think has been invaluable to me in terms of a moral compass – of some idea of what’s acceptable and what is not acceptable. I have a Presbyterian nature in that I like its ideas of individual responsibility and democracy. I’m naturally suspicious of people who wear religion heavily on their sleeves – that’s just not me and my style.

„I want to see a Scotland that is nuclear free. A Scotland that uses its natural resources and know-how to deliver clean and secure energy supplies. And a Scotland that develops new clean energy technologies that can be exported and used throughout the world.“

—  Alex Salmond

Strategic objectives of new Government (May 23, 2007)
Kontext: We must take the lead in the green energy revolution. This country has played a hugely influential role in the development of green technology but we need to take that to another level. I want Scotland to become the pre-eminent location for clean energy research and development in Europe. Becoming a world leader in the development of renewable technology provides a happy marriage of economic advantage and meeting the fundamental challenges of climate change head on. We have the natural resources, the know-how and the skills for Scotland to become the green energy capital of Europe.... This country - our country - in a unique position to exploit all of these technologies.... I want to see a Scotland that is nuclear free. A Scotland that uses its natural resources and know-how to deliver clean and secure energy supplies. And a Scotland that develops new clean energy technologies that can be exported and used throughout the world.

„Words that help describe the values for our whole democracy: justice, wisdom, integrity and compassion.“

—  Alex Salmond

Cardinal Winning Lecture (February 2, 2008)
Kontext: When we consider the ideals - the values - that we should foster in Scotland's young people, we can think of the words inscribed on the mace of the Scottish Parliament. Words that help describe the values for our whole democracy: justice, wisdom, integrity and compassion. Values that are - and have always been - at the heart of Catholic education in Scotland.

„I think has been invaluable to me in terms of a moral compass – of some idea of what’s acceptable and what is not acceptable.“

—  Alex Salmond

Kontext: I do have a strong faith and always have had, I’m not a regular churchgoer now but I’m in church a lot – to do readings, to attend events and so on. I had a strong church upbringing which I think has been invaluable to me in terms of a moral compass – of some idea of what’s acceptable and what is not acceptable. I have a Presbyterian nature in that I like its ideas of individual responsibility and democracy. I’m naturally suspicious of people who wear religion heavily on their sleeves – that’s just not me and my style.

„We unite behind a declaration of self-evident truth.“

—  Alex Salmond

BBC News, ' Scottish independence: One million Scots urged to sign 'yes' declaration http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-18162832' (25 May 2012).
Kontext: We unite behind a declaration of self-evident truth. The people who live in Scotland are best placed to make the decisions that affect Scotland. We want a Scotland that's greener, that's fairer and more prosperous. We realise that the power of an independent Scotland is necessary to achieve these great ends... By the time we enter the referendum campaign in autumn 2014, our intention is to have one million Scots who have signed the independence for Scotland declaration. Friends, if we achieve that, then we shall win an independent Scotland.

„Real leadership is not just about winning conflict - it is about having a strategy to defuse it.“

—  Alex Salmond

Scotland in the World Forum (February 4, 2008)
Kontext: I want Scotland to be a leader in international conflict resolution. I want to build on the tremendous sense of goodwill towards our nation across the globe. Real leadership is not just about winning conflict - it is about having a strategy to defuse it. Resolution of conflict is harder, more subtle, more difficult.

„It is time to celebrate diversity and distinctiveness.“

—  Alex Salmond

Cardinal Winning Lecture (February 2, 2008)
Kontext: It is time to celebrate diversity and distinctiveness. And to openly welcome the contribution that faith based education can make to Scottish education.

„Others have a different view. I respect that.“

—  Alex Salmond

Principles and Priorities : Programme for Government (September 5, 2007)
Kontext: This Government believes in an independent Scotland precisely because it is our view that the transformation of our country in each and every of those policy areas can best be achieved through that normal, independent status.... Others have a different view. I respect that.

„Differences of opinions, contrasting objectives are not just fundamental - they are necessary in a democratic society.“

—  Alex Salmond

Scotland and Northern Ireland (June 18, 2007)
Kontext: Differences of opinions, contrasting objectives are not just fundamental - they are necessary in a democratic society. What matters is that they are pursued within the context of the rule of law and mutual respect for the legitimacy of all strands of opinion.

„I still find it utterly unacceptable that the Lewis chessmen are scattered around Britain in a bizarre parody of the . And you can be assured that I will continue campaigning for a united set of Lewis chessmen in an independent Scotland!“

—  Alex Salmond

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Lecture (December 19, 2007)
Kontext: Ten years ago, alongside the return of the. And you can be assured that I will continue campaigning for a united set of Lewis chessmen in an independent Scotland!

„I’m naturally suspicious of people who wear religion heavily on their sleeves“

—  Alex Salmond

Kontext: I do have a strong faith and always have had, I’m not a regular churchgoer now but I’m in church a lot – to do readings, to attend events and so on. I had a strong church upbringing which I think has been invaluable to me in terms of a moral compass – of some idea of what’s acceptable and what is not acceptable. I have a Presbyterian nature in that I like its ideas of individual responsibility and democracy. I’m naturally suspicious of people who wear religion heavily on their sleeves – that’s just not me and my style.

„The whole point in having a religion and faith is that you campaign for what you believe, not just for what you think is achievable.“

—  Alex Salmond

In an interview with . Bridge Builder, Page 6. http://archive.thetablet.co.uk/page/25th-july-2009/6 (25 July 2009)
Kontext: I’m not sure we should ask the Church to be pragmatic. Politicians have to be – that’s part of the balancing of the public interest – but I don’t think that’s the job of the Church. The whole point in having a religion and faith is that you campaign for what you believe, not just for what you think is achievable.

„I want to be calling the shots, organising the tune.“

—  Alex Salmond

Kontext: My favourite is a hung parliament with 20 SNP MPs. I want to be calling the shots, organising the tune.

„I would say that Scotland is all about communication. This is a nation that loves to express itself, to retell old stories and share new ideas, to pass on information, to hear what's happening. We communicate passionately with each other as friends, as citizens, as family. It's a very deep human need and we feel it particularly strongly in Scotland“

—  Alex Salmond

Broadcasting Speech (August 8, 2007)
Kontext: They say the art of government - rather than the substance - is all about communication, but as far as this country is concerned I would go even further than that. I would say that Scotland is all about communication. This is a nation that loves to express itself, to retell old stories and share new ideas, to pass on information, to hear what's happening. We communicate passionately with each other as friends, as citizens, as family. It's a very deep human need and we feel it particularly strongly in Scotland... It's perhaps not surprising that we couldn't wait for somebody else to invent the telephone or television.

„That’s always been my opinion but my opinion is only one of many.“

—  Alex Salmond

Remarks http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/alex-salmond-insists-wrath-khan-4301649 during a television interview (21 September 2014).
Kontext: When you have the majority of a country up to the age of 55 already voting for independence, then I think the writing's on the wall for Westminster. I think Scots of my generation and above should be looking at themselves in the mirror and wonder if we by majority, as a result of our decision, have actually impeded progress for the next generation, something no generation should do. The destination is pretty certain – we're only now debating the timescale and the method. I'll contribute to that debate, but I think it's time for new leadership. There are a number of political opportunities coming up. For many, many years, a referendum route wasn't the chosen route of the SNP or Scotland. For many years, there was a gradual attitude to independence. You establish a parliament and establish successively more powers until you have a situation where you're independent in all but name, and then presumably declare yourself to be independent. Many countries have proceeded through that route – there is a parliamentary route where people can make their voice heard as well – so a referendum is only one of a number of routes. I think that’s the best route. That’s always been my opinion but my opinion is only one of many.

„Our progressive nationalism goes hand-in-hand with a commitment to internationalism.“

—  Alex Salmond

'Nationalist and Internationalist', Fortnight, No. 291 (Jan., 1991), pp. 16-17.
Kontext: Membership of a supranational economic trading organisation like the EC is the antithesis of 'separation', the meaningless insult directed at the SNP by unionist parties. Membership involves obligations which cede national sovereignty for mutual benefit. Co-operation with our European partners in the functional areas--economic, trading, technical and social policies--offers an independent Scotland the chance to play a reforming part in creating a Europe of equal nations. The EC is by no means perfect and the idea of a centralised European super-state is anathema. Our view of Europe is confederal--each state proud of its national identity but willing to work and co-operate in a powerful partnership... Every member of the SNP signs a commitment to internationalism when they receive their membership card. Our progressive nationalism goes hand-in-hand with a commitment to internationalism.

„The public interest is not served by parties incapable of defining their driving principles and standing their ground. Politics is either about the competition of ideas or it is about nothing.“

—  Alex Salmond

Strategic objectives of new Government (May 23, 2007)
Kontext: I do not favour the mushy ground of false consensus. The public interest is not served by parties incapable of defining their driving principles and standing their ground. Politics is either about the competition of ideas or it is about nothing. But just as the public interest is served by that competition, so it is ultimately better served by thoughtful reflection rather just than knee-jerk reaction.

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