I joined the BBC's devolution unit in 1979 from university, becoming Scottish political correspondent in 1987. In the 1990s I moved to London and was a member of the Lobby for nearly ten years writing for various national newspapers and presenting BBC network programmes. I returned in 1999 with the creation of the Scottish parliament to help launch the Sunday Herald. I'm still here.
For weeks the First Minister has been playing with us, teasing that he might have been a victim of News of the World phone hacking; a kind of Charlotte Church of Scottish politics. "I shall be speaking about these matters under oath to the Leveson Inquiry", he's intoned solemnly when asked to come clean at First Ministers' Questions. After all, what right did the Scottish Parliament have to hear the truth before an English law lord?
Delaying the independence referendum until 2014? Yeah, sure, go ahead – whatever. The Prime Minister has made clear that he is no longer "fussed" about the timing of Scotland's date with constitutional destiny.
Wonder what's changed? Well, I think the UK Government has realised what this column has been saying all along, that delaying the referendum is not necessarily good for the independence cause.
Exactly why the Coalition was so exercised about the SNP's autumn 2014 timetable was never entirely clear.