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Salmond claims 'overwhelming mandate'

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Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is meeting the chancellor George Osborne in his campaign to secure greater economic powers for Scotland.

Speaking to John Humphrys, he attacked George Osborne's "smash and grab raid" on North Sea oil revenue, which he says could cost 10,000 jobs and billions of pounds.

"What I'll be saying to him [Osborne], is that there is a way to get most of the money, but to maintain most of the jobs," he said.

"And wouldn't it be a bit more sensible to do that, as opposed to the rather blunt, panicky, spatchcock, last minute instrument that the chancellor decided on when he was trying to grab as much money as possible in the desperate days before his budget."

Discussing the decision by a Scottish newspaper to publish the identity of a footballer who has taken out an injunction, he said the English legal system has "no jurisdiction whatsoever" to intervene.

The suggestion showed the "arrogance" of the English system, he claimed, and that, in reality, the Scottish and English legal systems have a relationship of "equality not subordination".

But, he added, economic and legal powers did not mean an independence referendum was no longer necessary.

"The mandate I carry is pretty overwhelming" following the elections, he explained, and greater independence was "a matter of respect for a democratic mandate".

"Scotland should raise all of its own revenue and be responsible for all its own spending."

But "independence, nationality and self-determination are about more than economics," he added.


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