From the moment the EU referendum was called I tried to persuade people that they should be at least as concerned about the constitutional implications of what would come to be called 'Brexit' as with the economic consequences.
What about us? That's up to us. Our strength - the strength of Scotland's people - is sufficient to break the power of the British state. But only if it is channelled in massive and sustained amounts through a political party capable of acting within the British political system. Right now, that means the SNP. And only the SNP.
Health and social care services are among the most fundamentally essential services in modern society. (Education is another. They will be coming for Scotland's education system in due course.) Health and social care is important enough that it becomes a signifier of nationhood. Proper nations have and control their own health and social care services just as they have and control their own education systems and their own armed forces. Scotland must not be allowed to think of itself as a nation. Ergo, Scotland must be deprived of those signifiers of nationhood...
Nicola Sturgeon hopes to win the battle for our right of self-determination by forcing the British Prime Minister to grant a Section 30 order. A victory which would be as Pyrrhic as it would be miraculous.
There is not now and never was any route to the restoration of Scotland's Independence which does not involve confrontation with the British state. It was always a nonsense to suppose that, in the wake of the 2014 referendum and with a rising wave of democratic dissent in Scotland, there could ever be a viable process that was critically dependent on the full and honest cooperation of the British government.
What we are witnessing is the finalisation of Scotland's annexation by England-as-Britain and the completion of the old 'Greater England' project in its new and even uglier guise of 'One Nation' British Nationalism.
My preference would have been that Nicola Sturgeon combine her role as Scotland's political leader and her role as de facto figurehead of the independence movement with a role as the 'face' of the campaign - with the SNP managing that campaign.
As ever, I take issue with the identification of British Nationalism exclusively with the Tories. As if British Labour and the token third party in British politics were any less insistent on the divinely ordained supremacy of the English parliament.
Most of Nicola Sturgeon's column is a rehash of material that seems almost as venerable as the referendum promises. Brexit blah blah blah! Evil Tories blah blah blah! Brexit blah blah blah! Ignored blah blah blah! Brexit blah blah blah! Power grab blah blah blah! Opinion polls blah blah blah!
How does the party respond to MacAskill's allegation that the SNP relies overmuch on “self-satisfied parroting of opinion poll results” to deflect criticism. What does the party say to that? Well, apparently, a party source told The National: “Sir John Curtice is more positive about recent polling than Kenny.”. It seems this "party source" knows not the ways of irony.