Well the final leaders' debate of the 2011 election has just ended. I will write more about the detail tomorrow, but I want to concentrate on something that Alex Salmond said that shocked me to the core.
I have always been reasonably relaxed about the idea of a referendum on independence. After tonight, I'm not so sure. I had always assumed that if Scotland voted for independence negotiations to begin, then we'd get another chance, once they were concluded, we'd have another say on whether we'd back the deal.
It gave me the absolute creeps to hear that we wouldn't. I can't believe that Alex Salmond thinks that's legitimate.
As Tavish Scott pointed out, we're living in serious times. The latest STV poll puts the SNP well ahead, projecting 61 seats and the Greens 8. There's your parliamentary majority for the referendum. If you're going to vote yes, you'd have to trust the people who were doing the negotiating.
I don't know how things work in your house, but if we decide between us to buy something, I might well go off and do the research. But I would consider it a courteous thing to do to take the results of my research back to the others in the house and get their opinion before I made a final commitment. If I think it's that important to make sure everyone's on side when I'm buying a holiday or a washing machine, I darned well expect the Government to get my say so on a new constitutional settlement. Not to do so would be downright rude and would demonstrate enormous disrespect and arrogance for me and everyone else in Scotland.
If you are thinking of voting SNP or Green on Thursday, you might be fine with the idea of our country being separated off without us having a say on the deal, but on the other hand it might make you a bit scared, like it does me. Either way, you should be aware of what you're getting into. Maybe a majority for a referendum in the Parliament isn't such a good idea. The very least I'd expect of the Liberal Democrat MSPs is to make sure a second referendum is held before anything final was done.