This is not the most riveting Twitter exchange I've ever reposted here, but it's still worth looking at, because you really have to constantly remind yourself that the guy I'm talking to is the official No campaign's Director of Communications. He seems for all the world like the mirror image of me - someone just sparring on Twitter to pass the time. But he's actually being employed at a very senior level to do this (and as he once pointed out to a bemused audience at a public debate, the most important thing about the referendum is that it's paying his mortgage). Can you imagine any of the equivalent senior people in the Yes campaign - Dennis Canavan, Nicola Sturgeon, Stephen Noon, Kevin Pringle, etc - wasting their time making snide comments on Twitter to try to get one over on a random No supporter?
It's the sheer lack of class in the ranks of the official No campaign that never ceases to take my breath away. It's not as if Shorthouse is one bad apple - his boss Blair McDougall acts in much the same way on social media. It's like the Tories have hired a bunch of overgrown, sniggering schoolboys to help save "the greatest political union in the history of the known universe".
Rob Shorthouse : The #bbcbias protest is in full swing. What they don't know is that #MI5 is about to turn on the mind beam.
Me : Shouldn't they have appointed a comedian as Better Together's Director of Comedy?
Rob Shorthouse : As you wish... (posts a photo of Eddie Izzard apparently auditioning to be the new James Bond)
Me : Yes, Izzard almost certainly could do your job better.
Rob Shorthouse : You must be absolutely brilliant at parties.
Me : Another classic, Rob. All your Christmases came at once when the Tories said they'd pay you to be an internet troll.
Rob Shorthouse : Fancy going out sometime? Just me and you. Go for a drink? Maybe catch a movie?
Me : I think we both know what's happening here, Rob. Don't fight it.
Rob Shorthouse : Steady on pal. I was only asking if you wanted to go for a drink. Take it slow, don't rush me!
Me : Take all the time you need. The best things in life are worth waiting for.
Rob Shorthouse : You are creeping me out a little now.
Me : Don't let irrational fear ruin something special, Rob. (That advice also has broader applications.) #indyref