Apparently pressing constituency business at 2pm at Doncaster and Lingfield meant he couldn't unveil the plaque at the new media centre, where hauliers had intended to confront him.
In an exclusive telephone interview today, I asked him if he was prepared to discuss the issue with those affected.
"I'm not coming to Stornoway to be blockaded by some stupid truckers."At least that sounded like what he said.
It looks like democratic debate is a good thing, but only if you agree with what Salmond says.