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.
The financial crash was caused by the sale of toxic financial products called Collateral Debt Obligations that were composed of mortgage bonds that had been "sliced and diced" into new products that were then marketed as cheap and safe. They were the financial equivalent of mince meat, which of course was itself invented as a means of disguising poor quality meat.
For the first time since their landslide victory in 2011, that glow of self-confidence has faded. On BBC's Question Time, the normally fluent external affairs spokesman, Humza Yousaf MSP, let the Dimbleboy get to him over the SNP's polling figures, and tripped embarrassingly over his cliches.
Scottish Electoral Commissioner John McCormick caused a parliamentary row by suggesting Unionists and Nationalists should get together and make a "joint statement" on what a Yes vote would mean in practice. You might as well ask Professor Richard Dawkins and Cardinal Keith O'Brien to agree on what happens in the afterlife.