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Alex Salmond admits struggling on Scottish TV debate

By Paul Ward

Alex Salmond has said he could have made his position on the currency of an independent Scotland clearer during his TV debate with Alistair Darling.

The pair clashed in the STV referendum debate earlier this month and will face each other again on the BBC next week.

During the live debate Mr Darling, leader of the Better Together campaign, repeatedly pressed Mr Salmond to set out what his "plan B" would be if an independent Scotland failed to secure a currency union to allow it to retain the pound in the wake of a Yes vote.

Speaking on a radio phone-in show yesterday Mr Salmond was asked if he was disappointed in his TV performance.

He said: "I wish I'd explained one aspect in more detail to people, and I'll definitely take the next opportunity to do that, and that was the question of the currency. Apart from that, the tone I wanted to adopt was the tone of conversation with people as opposed to shouting and waving."

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