Salmond still not sure what he means by ‘independence’

SNP leader Alex Salmond has admitted he has never been entirely sure what he means when he says ‘independence’.

Scotland’s first minister revealed he has always thought of independence as a ‘play within a play… within a dream’.

He said: “Well, it’s a concept, it’s an idea, it’s a thing.

“In my mind I see it as a tree in the shape of Scotland. Does that make sense?”

Salmond said the idea of independence involving things like a currency and a central bank, was ‘very left brain’, adding: “How would you even do that?”

He said: “I think once independence is here I’ll have a much better idea of what it is.

“Any other questions?”


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Police vow to stop Jack the Ripper before he kills again

POLICE are closing in on notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper.

The Metropolitan Police believe it can close the case within the next couple of years and move on to its substantial backlog.

Chief Constable Martin Bishop said: “Some of our leads went a little cold when eyewitnesses, their children and their children’s children died, but thanks to the invention of fingerprinting, DNA evidence and racial profiling the net is closing.

“The main thing is to make sure that the Ripper doesn’t strike again. He’s been quiet for the last 120 years or so but that could be his MO.”

The investigation has so far interrogated 180,000 suspects, 140,000 of them black, 20,000 Polish, two Frenchman and the Duke of Clarence.