But the SNP’s lack of radicalism makes it difficult for the Yes campaign to capitalise.
The SNP could use Labour’s promise to maintain coalition austerity policies to increase union support.
Scotland will not be forced to adopt a scorched earth approach to public spending if it leaves the UK.
Electoral Commission says proposed referendum question "should be replaced by more neutral wording".
The pro-independence camp can't afford to spend the next 20 months simply responding to aggressive unionist and media questioning.
The biggest blow yet for the Scottish First Minister in a bad year for his party.
The closest parallel between Scotland and anywhere else is not Quebec, Ireland, Iceland, or Norway, but Canada.
The independence debate is breathing new life into Scottish socialism.
One in four supporters have deserted the nationalist cause in 2012.
Blow for Alex Salmond as John Finnie and Jean Urquhart leave in protest at change of defence policy.