This was Tom Harris' summary of Alex Salmond's speech on Saturday :
"To the homeless, the unemployed, the hungry, the vulnerable, I say this: the SNP will give you a Scottish passport!"
Hmmm. Even if that really was all that the SNP were offering, it would be considerably more use to the homeless, the unemployed, the hungry and the vulnerable than the Tory government Tom has given to them by way of an alternative. (And in so many ways it was a personal gift.)
Even if we didn't have a Tory government, what would Tom be offering the vulnerable? Triangulation. A reborn Blairite Labour party aping the Tories to win right-wing votes in the southeast of England, by slashing benefits, embracing weapons of mass destruction, blaming teenage single mothers for their own predicament, and glorifying greed in all its many and varied forms. That's what "grown-up" politicians do, apparently, because that's the only way to get elected in the UK.
Now, can you see any way in which a "Scottish passport" might just possibly free the vulnerable from that false choice? Nope, I'm well and truly stumped.