Show Hide image Politics 4 September 2014 Alex Salmond labelled a "bully" as he offers a junior reporter some sweets The Telegraph reveals Scotland's First Minister's literal sweet revenge on a young reporter asking difficult questions about an independent Scotland's future currency. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML The Telegraph is running a piece about Alex Salmond being a "bully behind the mask", because of the way he treated a junior reporter asking him tricky questions about what the currency situation would be for an independent Scotland. At a press conference, Scotland's First Minister announced in front of the press pack that he had promised to give 27-year-old Ben Riley-Smith, a Scottish political reporter at the Telegraph, some sweets. He handed him some Liquorice Allsorts, to which Riley-Smith reacted by saying, "and you don't think it's condescending at all to give sweets to a junior reporter?", and handing the sweets back. But that wasn't the end of Salmond's patronising stunt. Here's an extract from the article about what happened next: After the question and answer session ended, Salmond again presented Riley-Smith with the sweets and said: “[Got] a wee fancy for Jelly Babies, son?, to which Riley- Smith said: "It just seems a bit patronising First Minister, doesn't it?" First Minister: "That's OK, I'm perfectly happy to patronise you, Ben. [Laughs.] There's no harm meant." Riley-Smith handed back the pack of sweets: "I just think it's a bit patronising, given I'm just trying to be professional." First Minister: "You mustn't get irritable." › In the face of the threat from Isis, Britain can no longer just follow America’s lead in the Middle East I'm a mole, innit. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Nine thoughts on the local elections What next for Joe Anderson, Liverpool's fighting mayor? What will the 2017 local elections tell us about the general election?