ALEX Salmond has been wearing a tie covered in tiny Scottish flags for almost seven years, it has emerged.
The superstitious SNP leader wears the tie 24 hours a day and refuses to have it cleaned, claiming it could ‘dilute his powerful Scottish essence’.
Salmond was given the garment by an admirer in 2007 and immediately declared, ‘this is it, this is the tie’.
But Salmond’s deputy, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “It’s covered in curry, strawberry Actimel and dribble.”
She added: “It’s just manky. We’ll have to use pliers to get it off him. If you straighten it out you could use it as a pool cue.”