Au­thor: Eck was ex­plo­sive

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ALEX Sal­mond’s ex­plo­sive tem­per was first doc­u­mented in a bi­og­ra­phy by his­to­rian David Tor­rance in 2010.

Sal­mond: Against All Odds cat­a­logued the ex-SNP leader’s treat­ment of staff, based on ex­ten­sive in­ter­views with for­mer em­ploy­ees.

It paints a pic­ture of an ag­gres­sive but charis­matic po­lit­i­cal leader who could ter­rorise staff but also in­spire great loy­alty.

Tor­rance’s book – orig­i­nally pub­lished dur­ing Sal­mond’s first term in gov­ern­ment – fo­cused on how Sal­mond treated party aides and ad­vis­ers.

He wrote: “There is no doubt­ing that Sal­mond can, and fre­quently does, treat his staff ap­pallingly.”

The au­thor quoted one se­nior Na­tion­al­ist, who told him: “Some of the peo­ple who worked with him in his Aberdeen­shire of­fice had a re­ally rough time, a hard time but they sur­vived, they came through.

“He was ex­plo­sive in his rage but many of us can be.”

Tor­rance added: “Sal­mond is a de­mand­ing boss and if he feels a de­sired piece of work or project is not up to scratch, he can be mer­ci­less in his crit­i­cism.”

How­ever, Tor­rance noted that Sal­mond’s staff also saw the good side of their boss and were loyal to him.

One staffer in­ter­viewed said: “He’s not the kind of guy who bears a grudge. He’s quite will­ing to move on.”

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