The three main political parties chose to let Alistair Darling lead the NO campaign because he is typically Scottish and looks every inch a careful bank manager and sounds exactly like one when he is talking about money.
Alex Salmond, on the other hand, is pugilistic, pretends to be everyone’s dining and drinking companion and is in reality a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a man whose sums do not add up and a demogogue.
This has meant more devolution, more power to the Celtic fringes but never quite enough to enable any one breakaway country to truly go it alone.
The English were and are being emasculated by the constant drain on resources that the Celtic fringe represents and the idea is to make them an integral part of an EU which they have very little say in.
Salmond perhaps understands this but like others before him he became full of hubris and really started to believe his own rhetoric.
He convinced so many of his fellow Scots that the Establishment took fright and dispatched the Party leaders north.
Someone carefully planted at Crathie Church supposedly went up to the Queen and uttered a contrived statement to which she replied that “people need to think very carefully”.
Normally the Queen is hemmed in by bodyguards and only speaks to people she knows or has been instructed to speak to yet we are supposed to believe that all this interaction came about by an “ordinary member of the public” about an issue that she is constitutionally bound not to talk about.
Nicholas Witchell the diminutive BBC Royal correspondent took 15 minutes last night to explain how the Queen’s intervention was neutral.
Clearly his explanation was bogus and deliberately disingenuous, designed to covey the message Vote NO but not in such great numbers as to create a clear-cut result.
What is sought is a knife edge NO which will weaken the pound,create economic uncertainty and make the constituent parts of the UK more malleable under a process of “divide and rule”.