Better Together head gives tetchy interview after new Scottish independence poll confirms the gap has narrowed to just five points.
The Labour leader uses the Scottish First Minister's weapon of choice against him.
The former PM retains a strong connection with the working class Scots who could determine the referendum result.
Many voters were alienated by Blairite policies and Scottish MPs preference for Westminster.
The native tongue of the Highlands and islands seemed to be dying out – until the latest figures were released.
Recent goings-on in the Scottish capital.
"We would exert a powerful and positive influence through example – the beacon of progressive opinion."
The First Minister says Scotland would not put itself "at a tax disadvantage with the rest of the UK" at New Statesman event.
"Let us reject a damaging divorce, and instead vote for the best of both worlds: More of the decisions that matter to Scots being taken here in Scotland, backed up by the strength, stability and security of the UK."
The Scottish First Minister's claim that independence is needed to make Scotland and the rest of the UK more "progressive" is undermined by the prospect of the election of Labour in 2015.