'No Sympathy' For £800k Punter

Alex Salmond said he would not feel sorry for a political punter who has staked £800,000 on a referendum No vote if the country backs independence.

The Scottish First Minister said he would "back the masses against the classes'' and root for the 800,000 people who may have put £1 on a Yes vote.

Bookmaker William Hill last month revealed that a customer who had already staked a record £600,000 on the outcome of the referendum has added a further £200,000 to his wager.

The man, who placed his bets in a south-west London branch, stands to collect nearly £1 million if Scotland votes No to independence.

Mr Salmond, a keen racing fan, was asked in an live interview on Facebook, whether he would feel "a tiny bit sorry'' for the gambler if there is a Yes vote.

He replied: "Afraid not, because the counterpart to that in a balanced book is there are probably 800,000 people in Scotland with £1 on in the other direction.

"Always back the masses against the classes. Back the 800,000 with £1 on, against the one guy in the south of England with his £800,000 on.

"Yes, it will be a misfortune for him. To lose Scotland is going to be a huge misfortune for the Prime Minister.''

In the wide-ranging interview, also posted on YouTube, Mr Salmond revealed he will be in the village of Strichen, Aberdeenshire, when the historic referendum result comes through following the September 18 vote.

"I'll be in Strichen in Aberdeenshire at Strichen Community Park - a great example of local empowerment in the north east of Scotland,'' he said.

"I can think of nowhere I would rather be in that circumstance.''

Mr Salmond also told how he enjoys taking part in "selfie'' photographs with members of the public when he is out on the campaign trail.

The First Minister was responding when asked whether he ever gets sick of the "goldfish bowl'' he is in at the moment.

He said: "I get lots of selfies. I honestly say I don't think I've ever refused to do a selfie, at least knowingly.

"I'm a politician, I like to get my picture taken. I admit it, I'm sorry, that's me.

"I have known some politicians who find people difficult... I know some like that and some involved in this campaign on the other side are like that, incidentally.

"I always wondered about that because why would you be involved in politics if you don't like people?

"You get more wisdom from meetings and meeting people on a campaign trail than you ever will have at any point in your life.''

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