Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 13 June 2013.

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Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond First Minister of Scotland, Leader, Scottish National Party

Is not that a question more for those who advocate continuing rule from London over the Scottish people? I think that having rule from London and an austerity budget that was described by former Chancellor of the Exchequer—I am just trying to grasp his name—Alistair Darling as “madness” in terms of economic policy direction, rather makes the case for economic fiscal decisions over tax and spending being made in Scotland.

I also think that many people in Scotland would rather like to stay in one of the 190 countries—out of 200 in the world—that are free of nuclear weapons, as opposed to having the largest concentration of weapons of mass destruction in Europe.