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Salmond vs Darling: round two – live

25 August 2014

Welcome to tonight’s liveblog of the BBC debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow.

00:05 In this View from 22 podcast special, Isabel Hardman, Alex Massie and Fraser Nelson discuss what they made of tonight’s debate.

PS – in the podcast above, Fraser asks Alex Massie what he would choose as a headline if he were editor of a Scottish national newspaper. Here’s what the Daily Record chose:daily record edit 2

22.27 Snap verdict from Fraser:

Fraser_NelsonIt was Salmond’s night. But after a rather disappointing debate, from which neither man emerged with much credit. The first (STV) debate was a proper argument, which Alex Salmond lost. Tonight’s (BBC) debate was more of a pub brawl, which Alex Salmond won. He’s better at when it’s all noise and interruption – he suppressed this talent last time, but indulged it tonight. Darling, his head perhaps still swollen for the praise for being so effectively angry last time, was angrier still. But this time, it wasn’t particularly effective. For a time, the debate was so shouty as to be incomprehensible: had the two been carrying on like that in a pub, they’d be thrown out. Partisans of both sides will have enjoyed tonight – it was a gloves-off fight and, yes, a fight on territory that favoured Salmond more than Darling. I doubt that many undecided voters will have been won over. It will underline one point, though: that separation is a very acrimonious business. The brawling we saw tonight was a taste of what could be to come in the unlikely event of a ‘yes’ vote.

22.16 ICM’s poll has Salmond the clear winner, on 79%, with Darling on just 21%.