By Alan Cochrane
Alan Cochrane – or ‘that ghastly guy from the Telegraph’, as Alex Salmond’s spouse calls him – emerged as a Unionist hero in Scotland’s contemporary independence conflict. utilizing his day-by-day newspaper column and his enviable checklist of Westminster and Scottish contacts, the veteran journalist fastened a private venture to make sure the survival of the uk and the downfall of Alex Salmond’s Scottish nationalist reason. whilst, Cochrane used to be secretly maintaining a diary charting each twist and switch within the crusade, from Westminster’s selection on even if to permit the poll to move forward to Gordon Brown’s overdue access onto the scene as tensions fastened within the No camp. in the course of the pages of this illuminating magazine, Cochrane unearths the reality approximately how the united kingdom used to be received, supplying biting research, telling aspect and infrequently trenchant wit. because the polls narrowed within the run-up to 18 September, the old struggle for Britain introduced out the easiest and the worst within the characters concerned. along with his behind-the-scenes entry to David Cameron, Alistair Darling, Gordon Brown and everybody in among, Alan Cochrane increases the curtain at the panicked, incompetent and cynical international of contemporary politics, sparing not anyone from his acerbic tongue.
"The ebook is most unlikely to parody simply because at some point soon whereas writing it Cochrane turned a self-parody."
-- STV News
'In normal, BBC Scotland is full of humans whose default place is left, left, Nat, Nat, left. yet no longer very discerning left, both. They’re simply now not very bright.'
-- March 17, 2012, quote from The Cochrane Diaries.
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In 1928 he reiterated this theme, emphasizing Hanuman's association with the wind, saying, "We therefore worship Hanuman and instal him in gymnasiums be- Gandhi~ Body, Gandhi~ Truth 17 cause though we do physical exercise, we are going to become servantsservants of India, servants of the world, and through these means, servants of God" (CW 36:182, my emphasis). Since the specific mechanics of breathing fresh air - of pranayama -were integral to building "matchless valor," it followed that in his discussion of less vigorous public health regimens Gandhi advocated sleeping naked under a sheet (and a blanket in cold weather), outdoors.
The first way is to restrain our luxurious ways, our pretensions, our pride and our sharp practices and crave God's forgiveness for the sins we have committed" (CW 11: 182). Saving, collecting, and then sending money to the famine stricken was obviously a pragmatic issue here, as was faith in God, but underlying both of these was Gandhi's growing awareness of how, to put it graphically, constipation in the middle class in' the Transvaal, and the systematic cure and prevention of constipation, among other things (CW 12:102-4), was part and parcel of famine relief in Gujarat.
That we do not perceive this connection is in itself an error ... Our examples [of deceit and corruption] are only symptoms of a chronic disease within us ... It would be a great and true help indeed if, instead of sending money from here or being useful in some other way, we reformed ourselves and learnt to be truthful ... good or bad actions of individuals have a corresponding effect on a whole people" (CW 8:157). And so, based on his faith in the efficacy of naturopathy in particular, and what might be called the political demography of public health and self-discipline, Gandhi pointed out that it was possible to treat a disease of the body politic only by first healing oneself.
Alex Salmond: My Part in His Downfall: The Cochrane Diaries by Alan Cochrane