By a Newsnet reporter
First Minister Alex Salmond hit the US chat show circuit when he appeared as a guest on The Late, Late Show.
Hosted by ex-pat Scot Craig Ferguson, Mr Salmond fielded questions on Scottish history and his goal of independence ... against the backdrop of the Arbroath Abbey ruins.

The Abbey was the location for the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, the document that many believe secured Scotland’s status as an independent country.

In the interview the First Minister speaks of Scotland’s natural resources, including water – joking about our rainfall, Mr Salmond quotes Sean Connery who said the only thing Scotland lacked was a good roof.

The relaxed interview saw the First Minister use the opportunity in order to promote Scotland’s attractions and benefits to the two million Americans who regularly watch Ferguson’s show.

Having the First Minister as a guest was part of a Scottish theme for Ferguson who, born in Glasgow in 1962 and brought up in Cumbernauld, took up American citizenship in 2008.  He has become a bit of a sensation in the US since taking the talk show over in 2005 and is widely tipped to eventually take over from David Letterman.

Catch the First Minister speaking to Craig Ferguson here:

More of the show here:

Look out for Mr Salmond in this show trailer


# george davie 2012-05-16 19:52
I wonder how many people have seen this "balanced" interview by Mr Paxman, Tristram Hunt & Irvine Walsh (sic) of Trainspotting fame?

Fascinating viewing.
# chicmac 2012-05-18 12:23
I prefer this one from last year. Wish he would update it for referendum campaign.
# mealer 2012-05-16 21:37
Thanks for the link George Davie.Mr Hunt summed up the "benefits of union".Its this being a world power thing.Except very few people in Scotland see it as a beneffit.We actually find it quite embarassing to be associated with it.I enjoyed the Fergusson-Salmond interview too.Messrs Welsh and Salmond speak sense and give a good account of why the union has outlived any usefulness it ever had for Scotland.
# G. P. Walrus 2012-05-16 22:06
Why did the two of them run about inside a pantomime horse at the end?
# tartanfever 2012-05-17 13:53
The pantomime horse is called 'Secretariat' and he/she/it (?) is a regular on the Craig Ferguson show. I think what you saw was the intro piece into the next item on the show.
# Dundonian West 2012-05-17 13:02
Thanks for these three.
I viewed the Alex Salmond/Craig Ferguson Arbroath Abbey chat yesterday on YouTube and left a comment plus a rating.
Seven and a half thousand views in the past two days!
# Dundonian West 2012-05-18 13:07
Alex YouTube(above) now standing at just short of TEN THOUSAND!
Please join and make a comment or a rating.
Comments going on thick and fast.
It's NOT my YouTube channel----I have nothing to gain.
YES in 2014.
# Exile 2012-05-30 09:48
Who is David Letterman? Can anyone educate me on this?

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