I'm a Glaswegian but was brought up in Aberdeen, where I became a supporter of the Dons. Still am, despite everything. Studied history at Oxford, then a year at Newcastle learning (allegedly) how to be a journalist. Then the Scotsman for 12 years, then The Herald, latterly as editor. Received the Lord Provost of Glasgow’s Medal for “giving Glasgow a voice”. Retired in 2001 but in 2004 asked to write a weekly column. I've written books on the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Press, Scottish football and the Reformation.
That is hardly likely to be the clarion call from Alistair Darling, leader of Better Together, as he makes the case against Scottish independence in the long build-up to next year's referendum. Yet there is a cogent case to be made that a No vote would lead to far more uncertainty than a positive Yes vote.