The move reflects the justified belief among investors that Scotland's debt position would be weaker than that of the UK.
The Prime Minister's persistent refusal to debate Salmond will become a running sore and an increasingly dominant aspect of the campaign.
All of the polls continue to show a large double-digit lead for the No side. There is no reason to believe opinion will shift dramatically in the next nine months.
Women make up 52 per cent of Scotland’s population, and are more likely to be undecided about independence than their male counterparts, yet the public debate about Scotland's future is mostly taking place between white middle-aged men.
While the SNP obsesses over independence, voters are more concerned with an unemployed population the size of Dundee.
There is little to be gained from defining problems on Clydeside as 'national' issues but problems on Merseyside as 'economic' ones.
The whole document was designed to highlight the governance-focused nature of modern Scottish nationalism - and largely succeeded in doing so.
Alex Salmond's promise of lower taxes and higher spending is based on little more than wishful thinking.
The movement's message of "Scotland for the people" offers the best chance of winning over those alienated from politics.