Britain's muted but certain recovery is bad news for Alex Salmond. David Cameron seems to have learned from the Scottish First Minister, appealing to the heart, not the head.
"If Scotland walks away from the UK, it walks away from the Pound."
Looking forward to the Scottish First Minister's NS lecture on 4 March, wondering what's gone wrong the BBC's arts programming, and remembering Stuart Hall.
The weaker the party's offer of more powers becomes, the greater the risk that voters will opt for independence.
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 Tories and the conservative media would revolt against a Labour government dependent on Scottish MPs for its majority.
Any relocation would be largely symbolic but the Scottish economy desperately needs to be rebalanced.
The challenge for mainstream parties is to express and ground alternative ideas of the English nation and to connect these to a renewed case for the Union.
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.