The Staggers 19 September 2014 Watch: Alex Salmond's speech following his Scottish referendum defeat The First Minister gave a speech reacting to Scotland rejecting independence. Alex Salmond was contemplative but defiant. Photo: Getty Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up The Unionist parties made vows late in the campaign to devolve more powers. Scotland will expect these to be honoured in rapid course. Here's the First Minister's reaction to Scotland voting No in the Scottish independence referendum: Video: MailOnline. Click here › No, going lesbian for a year is not an acceptable hobby Anoosh Chakelian is the New Statesman’s Britain editor. Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!