I'm afraid Salmond knows exactly what he is doing.
He's a politician trying to create a political environment he can dominate.
He's turned a "Yes" vote for independence into a "F@CK THE TORIES" vote, and a "No" vote into "You're not a patriotic Scot" vote.
Should Salmond 'win', he will manipulate public opinion so that Westminster can be blamed for the inevitable failure of the "Scottish Utopia" he spun during the referendum campaign. [He learned to do this by watching the way the current Westminster government blames the last government for the Banking collapse.]
Salmond is a canny man who is as deceitful as any other politician.
I say this as a card carrying socialist, of Scottish extraction, living in London, who would be sad to see Scotland go.
If Scotland leave, we shall ALL be poorer for it and the man who made it happen will come up smelling of roses!