Travis frontman says Salmond “can’t be trusted”
TRAVIS front man Fran Healy says he can’t trust Scotland’s First Minister.
In a Twitter outburst the Glasgow born musician compared Alex Salmond to George Bush and said he had “wee greedy eyes”.
He also suggested that occupy protesters should form a new political party in Scotland.
Tweeting his thousands of followers, Mr Healy said: “Was asked the other day in an interview for my opinion on Scottish independence.
Can’t see past Alex Salmond I said. Any Scottish thoughts?
“Never got a good vibe from that guy. Ever! Strange. Felt the same about George Bush… just got a look I don’t trust…”
One follower @mickg84 challenged the singer-songwriter’s words, saying: “Aye but when the referendum happens it’ll be Salmond in one corner and Cameron and Clegg in the other.”
To which Mr Healy replied, under his Twitter handel @franhealy,:
“Exactly… Scotland in one very cramped corner with Alex.”
Some Twitter fans supported Mr Healy’s controversial comments, with @samtennant tweeting: “Fran I love you! This is exactly my opinion , I’ve not decided if I like independence but I for sure don’t like him!”
The 38-year-old star replied: “Maybe he is a nice big guy who isn’t interested in power but I dunno… those wee greedy eyes… that big fat belly :)”
The Glasgow-born musician also tweeted: “I’m surprised with all the current occupy protests nobody has thought of a new political party…maybe they have. Perfect time for it.”
The Twitter dialogue continued to flow, with one follower @tealnurner
commenting: “Say what you want about Alex Salmond, but comparing him to George Bush!? Bit of an insult surely…
Mr Healy replied: “I didn’t compare him to george bush. I think I said I had the same ominous feeling about george bush… Makes my alarm ring.”
@tealnurner responded: “I quite like him, although he does come across as a bit smug. He’s a great politician but that’s not necessarily a compliment.”
To which the musician said:” like I say maybe my never wrong dobber alert system needs maintenance. Any dobber alert system analysts out there?”
One Twitter fan questioned Mr Healy’s thoughts on Mr Salmond’s leadership skills, with @croall89 asking: “As in you support it Fran?
Or just that AS will deliver?”
Mr Healy replied: “I can’t think of Scottish independence with Salmond standing in the way… Sorry if I was to grey there.”
Scots band Travis have had six studio albums, with Driftwood, Why Does It Always Rain on me and Flowers in the Window amongst their biggest hits.
The Travis musician isn’t afraid to speak out against the government and has taken part in and been a speaker at several anti-war demonstrations against the Iraq War.
Healy was also a part of the Make Poverty History movement and played alongside his band at Live 8 concerts in London and Edinburgh.
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