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Alex Salmond 'Acting Like North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Il'

04/06/2014 17:46 BST | Updated 04/06/2014 18:59 BST
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RUTHERGLEN, SCOTLAND - MAY 27: First Minister Alex Salmond takes the stage as his Cabinet hold a Question and Answer session with the public in Fernhill Community Centre, the fifth in a series of meetings outside of Edinburgh following publication of Scotland's Future, the Governments's white paper book on Scottish Independence in November last year, on May 27, 2014 in Rutherglen, Scotland. A vote on whether or not Scotland should be independent from the United Kingdom will take place on 18th September 2014. (Photo by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images)

Alex Salmond has been accused of acting like former North Korean dictator Kim-Jong Il by blaming the BBC's coverage of Ukip for getting their first MEP in Scotland at the European Elections

Alistair Darling, leader of the pro-unionist Better Together campaign, launched a vicious attack on Salmond, branding his attack on the BBC a "North Korean response".

He told the New Statesman: "This is something that Kim Jong-il would say. And this is the same BBC for which we all pay our licence fee, and we all enjoy the national output as well as the Scottish output."

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Our experts photoshopped Kim Jong-Il as Alex Salmond

Darling also hit out at the "culture of intimidation" towards anyone who opposes Scotland breaking away in September's referendum, saying: "People in business are frightened to speak out."

He added: "I haven’t been threatened – they wouldn’t threaten me – but if you are a member of the public and you are trashed for having your say, what do you do? You stop it. No one wants to live in a country where this sort of thing goes on."

In response to Darling's attack on Salmond, SNP MP Peter Wishart wrote on Twitter that it looked like the former Labour chancellor "has totally lost it".

Salmond made his attack on the BBC as the European election results came in, giving Ukip enough votes to see David Coburn elected their first MEP for Scotland.

"It's difficult it is to stop a party getting foothold. We've been doing an analysis of BBC broadcasting in Scotland over this month, four times as many broadcasts about Ukip than the SNP," the First Minister said.

He told the BBC's election night programme: "Star Trek the Original series used to have a phrase, 'beam me up Scotty', Ukip is a party that gets beamed into Scotland courtesy of the BBC."

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