Of course, had Cameron made an issue out of anything then he's made himself the Westminster Tory who is trying to deliver a diktat to Scotland. In Scotland only Maggie Thatcher, the bad guy from Braveheart
and Geoff Hurst are less popular than that
It's not a battle they can win. Their best shot is in campaigning, but anything
Cameron does to get himself involved is just going to turn people away and over to the "Yes" camp, but with a general election in 2015 (that we all know he's going to lose in Scotland) he has
to get involved at some point.
He can't let Labour and the Lib Dems do the job for him when he's actively running against them. Even if he could, those parties are as unpopular as his own right now (and even more incompetent) and have no chance of beating Salmond.
It's very much the perfect storm for Salmond. Unpopular Tory government talking unpopular fiscal policies in a time of economic trouble and no real Labour or Lib Dem opposition in sight. He couldn't have scripted this.
edited 15th Oct '12 7:23:24 PM by TheBatPencil