The Scottish First Minister's claim that independence is needed to make Scotland and the rest of the UK more "progressive" is undermined by the prospect of the election of Labour in 2015.
Whatever the outcome in September, Scotland won't have to wait too long for even greater autonomy
Alex Salmond talks to Judy Murray about sporting success, how she became a prolific tweeter – and what she would say in her maiden speech to the Scottish parliament.
The Chancellor may think he is a realist playing hard politics. But these are tactics the Scottish government could also successfully employ.
If there is one nationalist slogan that even the most committed unionist will admit to finding attractive, it is: "No more Tory governments. Ever" - and yet the offer is subject to three important objections.
Preserving the past in aspic risks neglecting the future.
Being marooned in a perpetually Conservative England is a big fear.
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".
Would they be allowed to vote on UK-wide laws? And would they still stand in May 2015?