The Herald reports an appearance by Alex Salmond at the Edinburgh Book Festival. It quotes him as saying:
"Initially, I would have preferred a coalition deal. That was my expectation and I fully expected that within a few days we would be in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, but that bus has left the station.Circumstances can change, but this appears to pour cold water on the idea pretty effectively.
"Where we are now is working very effectively. If we co-operate now it will be on a specific proposal."
Thanks to Green Ribbon. And sucks to James Graham.