George Osborne's "diktat" in rejecting a currency union with an independent Scotland will backfire on pro-Union campaigners, the Scottish First Minister has warned.
Alex Salmond hit out at the UK Chancellor days after he ruled out doing a deal with an independent Scotland to allow it to keep the pound as its currency.
In a high-profile intervention in the debate over Scotland's future, Mr Osborne declared last week : "If Scotland walks away from the UK, it walks away from the UK pound."
Mr Salmond, leader of the Scottish National Party, accused the Tory Chancellor of a "complete misrepresentation" of the situation.
He also said his stance would backfire when Scots go to the ballot box to decide the country's future on September 18.
The First Minister claimed Mr Osborne's speech had been received "poorly" in Scotland.
"Phone-ins, newspaper polls taken after the Chancellor's statement indicated his diktat had backfired badly," Mr Salmond said.
"People do become sick and tired of the succession of day-tripping Conservative ministers flying up to Scotland to deliver lectures and then flying back to Westminster again."
He turned on Mr Osborne and said: " No one with a semblance of understanding of Scottish history and indeed the Scottish character would have made a speech such as the Chancellor delivered last week. To be told that we have no rights to assets jointly built up is as insulting as it is demeaning.
"To be told there are things we can't do will certainly elicit a Scottish response that is as resolute as it is uncomfortable to the No campaign - it is yes, we can.
"It is a sign of how out of touch and arrogant the Westminster establishment have become."