Devolution 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. Alex Salmond offered a junior reporter some sweets in a patronising stunt. Photo: Getty Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 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 For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!