It is now apparent that every time either David Cameron or George Osborne open their mouths, it is another vote for independence.
The very sound of those drawling Etonian voices are so grating, so annoying to the Scottish ear that a word from the Prime Minister or Chancellor, no matter how perceptive or careful, sends thousands running to the Yes camp.
Add the fact that Cameron will not come north of Carlisle to vent his dire warnings and the result is even more anger and annoyance.
You want independence? Send Cammo and Ozzie to Scotland. It’ll break up the 307 year old union faster than a hot knife through a McSween’s haggis.
Of course, it is beyond a doubt that the Whitehall/Westminster cabal don’t want this.
David Cameron is petrified (that is the only word for it) he will go down in history as the man who was signing cheques when the UK broke up come the referendum. Labour is terrified it will lose a large rump of loyal and knee jerk voters. And, of course, the Libdems only want to hang on to the coat tails of whoever is in power – the sign of a spineless party that cares only for the whiff of power rather than what it achieves. I think Clegg and co would link up with the cretins at UKIP if it helps him and his pals.
Recently, I was in England, Birmingham in fact, when I noticed that people in Middle Britain are starting to perk up their ears when the independence issue is raised.
Some were perceptive, some worried, some, amazingly, thought it wouldn’t matter if Scotland goes its own way.
For those with their heads in the sand and saying a Scots vote is irrelevant, here is one scenario that could be rolled out:
Scotland goes its own way. Then it applies for European membership. In 2015, the rest of the UK votes to leave the EU in its own promised referendum. Then Scotland is European and England/Wales/Northern Ireland is not.
That may just happen whatever the Euro-insiders say. And they say it doesn’t matter that Scotland goes separate.
Or take defence.
Nuclear submarines have pens on the Scots west coast. Come the split, what happens to these expensive machines that lurk in the lochs? Who owns them? Scotland is anti-nuke. It may dismantle them. It may sell them to the remaining Brits, who have nowhere to put them.
And what about the relationship between the new Scotland and what Is left of the UK? There is no doubt in my mind that the Westminster clique, currently led by the unionist Tories, will make it nasty. ‘You split up my country- I’ll really make you pay.’ The Right says with a visibly menacing sneer
There’ll be hell to pay over the £ sterling, shared communications (such as the BBC), natural resources and transport (a border on the Cumbrian/Northumbria border?). Whatever government is in power in London will ensure that a new Scotland would get zip from its new neighbours
So, the shrug that a Yes vote will not matter is flippant, short sighted and dead wrong. Middle Britain, I notice, is slowly waking up to the possibility (a possibility that the polls show may just happen) that Great Britain may just crack.
And then it’ll get real nasty, really vindictive with real ramifications on the economy (which does matter), Europe, the civil service and the £45bn per year defence industry.