LAST week, Alex Salmond stood accused of jiggery pokery, collusion and political manipulation over his offer to include a second, "devo max" question in the independence referendum.
The Scottish Affairs Select Committee in Westminster declared that Salmond only wants this as "an insurance policy against the verdict of the Scottish electorate".
The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie, then accused Salmond of using the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations as a "front organisation", after a leaked email suggested that the SNP leader's aides were trying to prompt the council's leader, Martin Sime, into coming up with the wording of a second question. With support for independence falling, Salmond is, we are told, desperately looking for a way to snatch a kind of victory from the jaws of defeat by ensuring that he gets his "second-best" option on the ballot paper.
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