Today, St Andrews Day, marks a big push by the Scottish National Party as they set out their plan for eventual independence from the rest of the United Kingdom.
But what's this? Flicking through the SNP website, our oppressed Scottish cousins do seem to have been rather left behind by events. Check out this claim:
"Off our east coast lies Norway, the second most prosperous country in the world. Off our west coast lies Ireland, the fourth most prosperous country in the world. Off our north coast lies Iceland, the sixth most prosperous country in the world."
Anybody seriously holding up the Republic of Ireland, or more hilarious still Iceland as an economic model for the future of Scotland needs their bumps feeling. Far from being part of an arc of prosperity, Scotland looks rather like the sickly centre of an arc of dwindling economic performance, debt and recession.
Imagine how bad it would be if they had to take responsibility for the Royal Bank of Scotland's debts as well?
The real reason for the SNP moving now is that they know Cameron is very likely to be elected Prime Minister next year. He will head a government that will be dominated by English public school boys, a government as out of touch with reality in working class Edinburgh or Glasgow as Mrs Thatcher was.
Alex Salmond's hope is that the SNP will be able to pick up the class conscious voter, as well as the minority of Scots who have always supported nationalism, in a push for an Independent Scotland.
The quote above rather reminds us of the limitations of his strategy, at least on economic matters.