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.
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.
We really have heard it all before. Almost word for word. Over the six years since the first independence referendum there have been almost as many promises of action on the constitutional issue as there have been missed opportunities to take action. Now we have another to add to the pitiful collection. Another to add to the pocketful of burst balloons.
The deceptively pleasing fantasy is that Scotland is on the verge of restoring independence. That independence is ' but a step away' or 'within our grasp'. At the extreme the deceptively pleasing fantasy shades into the truly demented delusion that 'independence has never been closer'.
The thing to bear in mind is that all those international laws and conventions brought in to end the old imperialism apply to Scotland just as much as they applied to any of the other nations which chose to challenge the remnants of old imperialist power.
The people who elect Boris Johnson and his ilk aren't going to be appalled by the sight of Met clubs cracking Jock skulls. They are going to cheer and demand ever harsher action to put down this violent uprising coming to the streets of England's capital city.
ulie Hepburn gets that one of the major problems with the 2014 referendum campaign was lack of focus. Far too much of the Yes campaign's energy was expended on pointless and totally inappropriate policy debate - both internally and in public. We allowed ourselves to be drawn into fighting a referendum campaign as if it were an election. We talked too much of policy and too little of principle.
Scotland's cause is often portrayed as a journey. As with any planned journey, it is essential to know three things - the destination; the starting point; and the route from one to the other. The Panglossian folly being foisted on the Yes movement lacks all three.
Wherever democracy is denied then there you find oppression however well it may be disguised. The Union was designed for the purpose of subjugating Scotland's people and it continues to serve that purpose well. Because we allow it.