He has done the honourable thing, I don't see how he could have continued as the whole raison d'etre of the SNP was independence. That is now decided, I would like to think if the roles had been reversed David Cameron would have done the same.
...slightly off subject, but I swear I spotted Nicola Sturgeon in my local baker's shop[Castlemilk] near the bustop I was standing at this morning [I've seen her before elsewhere many-a-time] ... her office/HQ's are a few miles away, so perhaps she was adopting a low-profile. I expect she will be the natural candidate to carry the SNP leadership baton ... a worthy choice.
A lot of people I know from north of the border saw Salmond as an arrogant, obnoxious man and they have no doubt that if somebody else had been first minister then Scotland would probably now be independent!