Actually, closer inspection revealed that it wasn't our First Minister he was talking about but the lovely pandas arriving in Edinburgh today from China. While getting a bit caught up in the excitement surrounding them, he sees their arrival as an opportunity to initiate discussions on human rights with the Chinese Government.
I was delighted to see him say these things. I wrote earlier in the year that there was something about "panda-ing to a cruel and brutal regime" I will go and see Tian Tian and Yang Guang - Anna would simply not have it any other and we do support the important conservation work that Edinburgh Zoo does but I'm not blind to the wider issues surrounding them, and nor will she be.
As the pandas fly westwards, Alex Salmond heads out to China for a week long visit to boost Scotland abroad. Willie Rennie has asked him to raise the issue of human rights with the Chinese Government.
“There is understandable excitement about the pandas arriving from China this weekend.
“But we must be careful to treat this as an opportunity to engage with Chinese authorities over human rights. “The pandas have caught the public’s imagination. Now is the time to put human rights front and centre of the political debate while people are listening.
“Alex Salmond has been curiously silent over human rights issue. He must tell us what discussions he has had about human rights during his trip. “We must make this about more than the cuddly and cute.”