05/08/2014 03:26 BST | Updated 05/08/2014 03:59 BST

5 Things Alistair Darling Should Ask Alex Salmond In Tonight's Debate

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ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 17: Alex Salmond, Scotlands First Minister addresses a Business for Scotland event on February 17, 2014 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Scotlands first minister mounted his defence for independence following a weekend of pressure on whether Scotland could keep sterling as its AA currency or expect a smooth entry into the EU. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Alistair Darling and will Alex Salmond duke it out tonight over Scottish independence for two hours in a live televised debate on the Scottish STV channel.

With Scotland's potential status as an independent nation at stake, some are billing it as the most important TV debate in British history, with Salmond widely expected to triumph due to his rhetorical panache and debating prowess

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How will the softly-spoken Darling manage to win against the flamboyant Scottish premier? Here are five questions he could put to Salmond that could derail his independence argument live on Scottish television.

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