Had the referendum on independence gone the other way, it would have produced revolutionary change in Scotland's constitutional arrangements.
It is worth remembering sometimes that, while Scotland has deep-rooted social problems such as communities mired in deprivation, huge health inequalities and in some parts the sort of life expectancy more associated with developing countries, there is also much to celebrate.
MUCH has been said about the need to preserve the nation's built heritage.
Scotland's most treasured institution, the NHS, is under unsustainable pressure.
Creative Scotland was never going to be able to please everyone with its new funding portfolio.
THE most common sights in Scotland's back gardens in the 21st century, are, in no particular order, roses, daffodils, starlings, sparrows and trampolines.
Sadly, it has long been known that deprivation and ill-health are closely linked in Scotland.
If anyone imagined that the incoming SNP leader was laying aside thoughts of Scottish independence for the foreseeable future, they might think again after Nicola Sturgeon's latest shot across the bows of the UK Government.
We know who does not want to lead Labour in Scotland.
A bunkhouse is an unlikely symbol of human progress but, against the backcloth of Rum's sad history, its arrival provides the tiny island community with hope.
Rangers fans would like Mike Ashley to make his intentions for the club clear.
Johann Lamont herself said at the weekend that the Scottish Labour Party was a family - her family - and given the bitter, emotional row now engulfing it, she could not have been more apt.
Education ought to be a means of providing children with equality of opportunity.
There are probably only a few inhabitants of Glasgow who feel rural bus links should be a policy priority for the Scottish Government, few residents of Edinburgh who truly "get" the challenge of living in a remote community without a broadband connection, and not very many Dundonians who wonder when their GP practice will ever have a permanent doctor again.
If it had not been apparent before the referendum, it became all too obvious during the campaign that the Labour Party's utter contempt for the idea of independence, and for those who supported them, was blinding the party to any rational argument.
It is understandable that David Cameron and his Conservative colleagues are aghast at the £1.7 billion bill Britain now faces as a result of a recalculation of what member countries are due to pay the European Union.