A daily newspaper journalist since January 1974, I was deprived of my first front page splash by Richard Nixon's resignation. I could forgive him Watergate, but not that. I covered Northern Ireland in the 1980s, joined the then Glasgow Herald in 1989, and turned to political journalism in 1994. Married with children and grandchildren, I consider myself a Humanist, with strong political views but have carried no party card since 1971.
Yesterday, it was mobile phone and internet users who were warned about the possible consequences of independence, with those claims, and fresh ones regarding the transport sector, found in a document to be published tomorrow, entitled Scotland Analysis: Business and Microeconomic Framework Paper.
The transport section claims Scottish hauliers could face hefty charges from driving on roads south of the Border on the same basis that French or German lorries not paying UK Vehicle Excise Duty have to pay a levy of up to £1000 a year.
The two-term leader, speaking last night at the Scottish Business Awards in Edinburgh, said that while he does not know enough about the domestic constitutional debate, he has top-level experience from other nations.