“How to Travel With a Salmon” is a deliciously absurd book by the Italian writer, philosopher and semiologist Umberto Eco. We learn from it about predestined names and failed vocations. Alex Salmond would perfectly fit Umberto Eco’s book.

First of all, salmons swim upstream, fighting the flow, against all odds and bets. Alexander Elliot Anderson Salmond stimulated countless jokes and doubtful puns on “Scottish salmon”, but he himself always seemed to thrive in the permanent attention of the m...

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