Whatever the outcome in September, Scotland won't have to wait too long for even greater autonomy
The Chancellor may think he is a realist playing hard politics. But these are tactics the Scottish government could also successfully employ.
Scotland would be left with no central bank, no lender of last resort and no control over its interest rates, and would breach EU membership conditions.
The Scottish First Minister says that "while I was compiling the oil and gas index, David Cameron was still fooling around on the playing fields of Eton".
The Scottish First Minister offered no persuasive argument for Scotland entering a currency union with the rest of the UK.
Nicola Sturgeon attacks David Cameron for speaking at the Olympic Stadium but has she forgotten Alex Salmond's Wimbledon antics?
One of the few factors that could tilt the odds in Alex Salmond's favour is the prospect of permanent cuts under a Conservative-led government.
The Governor of the Bank of England made clear that a successful currency union requires fiscal union, the very thing the Scottish First Minister is in politics to end with the rest of the UK.
A majority would vote for independence if they believed they would be £500 better off, but just 9 per cent of voters think they would be personally wealthier.
The Prime Minister's persistent refusal to debate Salmond will become a running sore and an increasingly dominant aspect of the campaign.