Scotland and England have been drawing apart in terms of political culture for the last decade, and this 2013 legislative programme confirms how much the United Kingdom has already changed, whatever happens in the 2014 independence referendum.
It was a speech heavily dependent on right-wing themes such as immigration provided by the UK Independence Party and by special interest lobby groups focused on Westminster.
The "fruitcakes and loonies", as the Prime Minister once described the United Kingdom Independence Party members, now have their hands on the windpipe of the Tory party. Cameron insists that he will listen in future to what they are saying. What does he mean?
The Chancellor is possibly the least popular politician in the country right now, yet his suggestions that Scotland could lose the pound sterling, and its bank notes, were not denounced as patronising, anti-Scottish and even illegal last week. You'd think that the pound was his personal property.