I know I've said it before - and I do believe it - that the Nationalists best route out of the obvious 'referendum-conundrum' they've got themselves into, would simply be to 'park' their demand for outright Independence ...
... the First Minister, instead of launching a White Paper on a referendum vote next week, should stand up and say that the National Conversation (and very recent polls maybe?) have convinced him that the vast majority of Scots do not want Independence at this time and he's therefore dropping plans for a referendum and getting on with the job of Governing Scotland through the current recession?
I'm convinced the SNP would thereafter do significantly better, in terms of seats won, at both the next Westminster and Holyrood elections?
I've got a nagging feeling it ain't going to happen that way though - and I'm sure the SNP vote will suffer next May, as a consequence of pressing ahead with these referendum plans.
They should just drop it.