And over the last few days I've heard Nationalists say endlessly that the "National Conversation" - and subsequent (they hope) referendum - is a 'once-in-a-generation' chance to vote on our nation's future ... that's what I thought I did on 11th September 1997 when I voted YES/YES to a devolved Parliament with tax-varying powers?
I've made it very plain before that I'm no slavish opponent of Independence, and do feel strongly that devolution is (and has already been) a process and was not a singular event. And I guess the 'Scottish' Nationalists, to be fair, are at long last accepting that there's a very long-game to play here and have long since dropped the 'free by 93' approach ... can't they just go that one last step?
... look hard at Catalonia's powers; note who achieved them (yes it was Nationalists - or I should correctly say non-secessionist Nationalists!) in the main; consider what they never pressed for (outright Independence) whilst accruing those achievements ... now if Scotland's Nationalists took that step, would they be facing the hostile political opposition of the last few days ... and worse still, from my political perspective, would Wendy Alexander's (let's just assume!) forthcoming task be easier or much more difficult?