We need more width so it would be smart to encourage English regions to adopt federalism. More often than not, MPs from an allied Yorkshire party or a federated Northumberland Alliance party would vote with us in the House of Commons.
Even more urgently, we need a lobby in Brussels. If every elector in Scotland votes to stay in Europe our voice will be drowned by a 51-49 vote in England to come out. I would ask Menzies Campbell to go round the EU from now until the in-out referendum telling them what an asset Scotland would be.
For the second leg we need to tighten up our defence. We were caught flat-footed on the currency question. Unless we sort things out, all that’s going to happen is that control will pass from Westminster to the City of London a couple of miles down the road.
Scotch whisky is the definitive Scottish product, isn’t it? Well, not really. The water and the peat are Scottish but the other two ingredients are English. The barley is grown in English meadows and the finance comes from London. Have we a plan to replace these sources if Westminster turns nasty on an independent Scotland?
I know you’re not interested in history, but before the union Westminster brought Scotland to the edge of bankruptcy by putting obstacles in the way of funding the Darien scheme. Given half a chance, they would do the same again. The difference this time is that they would go on television to smilingly assure us that they were doing it in our best interests.