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First Minister Wows The Crowds in Byres Road

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First Minister Wows the Crowds in Byres Road

West End SNP supporters were out in force on Byres Road to meet First Minister Alex Salmond on Saturday – in a pre-election walkabout designed to set the stage for what the nationalists reckon will be a landslide victory in Glasgow on Thursday.

Activists armed with balloons and leaflets clustered around Hillhead subway at least an hour before Mr Salmond’s arrival, and along with scores of shoppers who’d gathered to see what all the fuss was about raised a mighty cheer as Scotland’s most famous politician stepped out of the subway entrance into brilliant sunshine to meet a welcoming crowd.

Among well-known West Enders doing their best to give the SNP leader a rousing Hillhead reception was veteran author and journalist Ian Black (pictured here in Fedora and SNP tee-shirt), who said expectations were high of a resounding victory at the council polls.

Mr Salmond reluctantly declined an invitation from Ubiquitous Chip owner Colin Clydesdale to enjoy a drink at the iconic West End restaurant, and instead wended his way down Byres Road towards University Avenue, meeting and speaking to dozens of local people – many of them clearly diehard SNP supporters – on subjects ranging from university education to the economy.

Children were embraced, backs were slapped and hugs were freely given in the course of the West End’s biggest political celeb happening of recent years – in a highly-charged and sometimes emotional display: the First Minister was treated to the sort of response usually reserved for visiting rock stars.

It was all in very marked contrast to the lacklustre reception given to Respect MP George Galloway during his brief and unsuccessful attempt to rekindle the embers of his one-time West End support a few years back.

Mr Galloway is now happily ensconced in Bradford, and Mr Salmond’s team are going for broke in the bid to seize his former Hillhead heartland – local SNP MSP Sandra White, also present, reckons the city council and also UK parliamentary seats are now definite achievable goals.

Mr Salmond is the only high-profile politician to have visited the key West End election battleground in the run-up to the election thus far – and on Saturday’s showing, and regardless of political preferences, it could be fairly concluded he would be a very tough act to follow.

by Roy Beers, 28th April, 2012

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Looks like a mighty popular man.

i suspect thats because.......he is :lol:

him n his wee cheeky face constantly telling the uk gov where to go....you gotta laugh :lol: :lol:

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i suspect thats because.......he is :lol:

him n his wee cheeky face constantly telling the uk gov where to go....you gotta laugh :lol: :lol:

The local candidate, Sandra White, is certainly very highly thought of.

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The local candidate, Sandra White, is certainly very highly thought of.

ye theyre looking like "the way forward" to an increasing number of people these days

rightly so imho

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imho.. I hope that is h for honest and no h for humble, for I've telt yese, humble opinions gae me the boak... :lol:

Looks like a great visit. He is very impressive, although he has looked a wee bit tarnished over the Murdoch issue...

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In My Honest Opinion :D

nae need/time for humbleness when stating an opinion ;)

No-one can accuse Eck of being humble. Usually when I see IMO I immediately think that the writer has a big hit for themselves.

The first minister's popularity on Byres Road seems not to have been questioned. No-one seemed to have been thinking about lobbing eggs.

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No-one can accuse Eck of being humble. Usually when I see IMO I immediately think that the writer has a big hit for themselves.

The first minister's popularity on Byres Road seems not to have been questioned. No-one seemed to have been thinking about lobbing eggs.

people usually use IMHO/IMO when discussing topics such as this to prevent the nae sayers from disagreeing with them....it might not be correct what they say but its their opinion....

a popular tactic when discussing politics and the likes.

the IMHO is merely stating it that is only my opinion and should not be treated as fact.

i dont think any politician can be called humble these days....always bumping their gums about how good they are and how much theyve done bla bla bla

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people usually use IMHO/IMO when discussing topics such as this to prevent the nae sayers from disagreeing with them....it might not be correct what they say but its their opinion....

a popular tactic when discussing politics and the likes.

the IMHO is merely stating it that is only my opinion and should not be treated as fact.

i dont think any politician can be called humble these days....always bumping their gums about how good they are and how much theyve done bla bla bla

Aye, as soon as I see anyone stating a "humble" opinion I just know it it going to be anything but.... :lol:

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