In an interview with the Sunday Herald, Salmond said that while he and Brown had irreconcilable policy differences, this should not prevent them from working together if the SNP leader becomes first minister.
"A fruitful, constructive relationship based on regular contact is in Scotland's interests, is in Gordon Brown's interests, and is in the SNP's interests. I think I can identify areas where both a SNP-led Scottish Executive and the new prime minister could notch up achievements.
"If that means me holding out an olive branch at this stage then an olive branch it will be.
"I have a better relationship with Gordon than with the prime minister. He is a much more substantial political figure. He has much more thought to his politics," he added.
Can you think of anything more likely to send the Chancellor into a paroxysm of rage than kindly words from Alex Salmond? Does The Sunday Herald really think that First Minister Salmond and Prime Minister Brown could co-exist in some kind of peaceful fashion? Do you not think that Mr Salmond is stirring it?