The Scottish Lion, Alex Salmond talks Superman, Haunted Houses and his new crowd in the Commons.

1. If you were a superhero, what kind of powers would you have?
‘I would like to have Superman’s powers, especially the ability to fly. I also think that invulnerability would be a very useful thing to have in politics.’

2. How do you think your peers would describe you?
'Carefully.’

3. What would a perfect relaxing afternoon be to you?
'If I was doing something I would say playing golf, probably in Fraserburgh. If I was watching something it would be horse-racing at Perth.’

4. If you weren’t a politician, what would you be doing?
'I would be trying to get elected!’

5. If you could have lunch with any past or present political leader, who would it be and why?
'Nelson Mandela. He is one of the most outstanding figures of the 20th Century. Or Harold Wilson, a Labour Prime Minister in the 1960s and 70s, because he was a great campaigner and a great politician.’

6. Apart from Nicola Sturgeon, if you had to go to a haunted house with one of the party leaders from the May election, who would you pick and why?
'Nick Clegg because he undoubtedly would end up as the one the ghosts would pick on, like the other crewmen beamed down Star Trek.
'Or Nigel Farage because he would scare away the ghosts.
'Or David Cameron because he would foreclose on the house.
'Or Ed Miliband because he would say under no circumstances that he would become Prime Minister with the support of ghostly beings.
'But seriously, I would rather have all three female leaders of the SNP, Greens and Plaid Cymru as undoubtedly they would be the right people to have on your side in an emergency.’

7. How does being in the House of Commons now compare to where there were far fewer SNP MPs and do you enjoy going there?
'Previously, when I was in the House of Commons it was with a few MPs and we were running around trying to look like a crowd but now we are a crowd. And it’s much better with a crowd.’

8.Where do you see Scotland in 5 years?
'Well on the way to independence. ’

9. How important is it that voting age for the referendum is lowered to 16?
'It is very important and it is happening in Scotland.’

10.Why is it so bad for Scotland if the UK government moves towards English votes for English laws?
'Because the intention is to try and stop SNP MPs voting on matters that have an effect on Scotland and they are trying to stack the deck in the House of Commons.’

11. The recent statistics on literacy made for worrying reading. What would you say was behind the fall and what would you say to parents who were concerned about standards in Scottish schools?
'There is a lot still to be done but much to be proud of in Scottish education notably the record exam results and the highest ever number of young people going on to higher education.’

Tomorrow: Alistair Carmichael

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20-year-old Member of Parliament Mhairi Black attacks benefit cuts in first speech.
After housing benefit for under-21s abolished in budget, new MP says she is now only 20-year-old whom chancellor is helping with housing.
By Libby Brooks

Mhairi Black, the youngest person to be elected to parliament since at least the 19th century, used a barnstorming first speech in the House of Commons to mount a withering attack on the chancellor for cutting housing benefit to young people.

To laughter in the Commons, Black declared that she was the only 20-year-old in the country whom George Osborne was helping with her housing bill.

“My housing [in London] is subsidised by the state … but in this budget the chancellor abolished any housing benefit for anyone under the age of 21,” she said. “We are now in the ridiculous situation whereby, because I am an MP, not only am I the youngest, but I am also the only 20-year-old in the whole of the UK who the chancellor is prepared to help with housing.”

“Food banks are not part of the welfare state, they are a symbol that the welfare state is failing.” THIS SPEECH IS DAMN GOOD.

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Mhairi Black: SNP MP’s maiden speech in full

“I am the only 20 year old in the UK that the Chancellor is prepared to help with housing.”

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the SNP getting 56 out of 59 seats in scotland with just over a million votes is not democracy, you are all correct.

the greens had about the same and got 1 seat no that is not democracy I totally agree

but if you are a left wing person who is passionate about the importance of the NHS and caring for vulnerable individuals and creating a better society from this shit heap in which we currently reside

DO NOT fight back against the SNP. do not hate the SNP. hate our voting system. fight back against first past the post.

the SNP are anti-austerity, anti-privatisation, and stand for all the things the Tories want to destroy - they are not the enemy here.

join a political party, get involved, read up on proportional representation and other voting systems and campaign for change. the SNP will be doing the same thing while acting as an enormous part of the very, very small left wing presence in Westminster. they are on our side and together with parties like the greens and plaid cymru we can make a difference.

the Tories want us isolated and scared; let’s be together and terrifying.

Quick PSA

It totally sucks that that pissmidget of a Cameron is back in Downing Street, but look at Scotland:

  • the SNP have taken 56 of 59 seats
  • let that sink in. 56 of 59. that has never been done before
  • they took the biggest labour and liberal strongholds with huge majorities
  • instead of career politicians most of the SNP members have had actual jobs, things like doctors and lawyers and quantity surveyors
  • both Jim Murphey and Danny Alexander lost their seats to huge majorities
  • at least (possible more than) HALF OF THE SNP MEMBERS ELECTED WHERE WOMEN
  • ONE OF THESE IS THE YOUNGEST MP EVER TO HAVE A SEAT IN WESTMINSER SHE’S 20