Alex Salmond - "He was the kindest, most decent human being it has ever been my pleasure to meet....He was a credit to both his faith and to his country".
Stevie Purcell - "He was a gentleman in all he did. I will miss him."
Annabel Goldie - "Bashir Ahmad was a real gentleman, much liked and respected across the political spectrum."
Tavish Scott - "He was a decent and honourable gentleman and a good man to speak to."
Nicola Sturgeon - "Bashir Ahmad was an exceptional person, and I will miss him deeply...Bashir represented the best of Glasgow and the very best of Scotland."
On February 5 2006, Mr. Ahmad desecrated a Mass. Given the fulsomeness of the tributes currently being paid to him, it seems only appropriate to append that footnote to his eulogies.