In my last column I suggested that the voting in the Scottish referendum on independence would be driven by the heart or the head. One person asked me if the yes vote was driven by the heart and the no vote driven by the head, or vice versa.
The answer is, of course, that it depends on what stimulates the voter more. Given that certain newspapers wish to derail the Government, I fully expect Braveheart to get a screening before next Thursday.
At the Better Together rally in Dundee, Gordon Brown made promises he had no power to grant, while Alistair Darling looked forlorn.
In contrast to Brown, Darling is not a member of the Teflon collective within the Labour hierarchy. If the result is yes, he will abide by democracy as his peers scramble for the places in the House of Lords.
Brown continues to look like a smug self-styled superhero but compared to Milliband he is a PR expert. Just why he thought it necessary to bring up the topic of border guards is as puzzling as his brother’s decision to carry a banana in public.
As to reporting on the scramble of institutions to do the equivalent of a moonlight flit (a Scottish term for moving after darkness where you are unseen ) and run across the border; the journalism here had reached a new low. In many cases it demonstrated the lack of intellect in the tabloids and broadsheets combined.
None of these major companies can afford to move lock, stock and barrel to the south – the bulk of the staff would rebel. The brass plaques of their head offices may be down south, but the admin centres will remain where they are.
The other myth is the idea that the disconnection will take place over months and not years. In reality it will take years to disassemble the UK and set up new agencies in Scotland, unless pragmatism prevails and we share some. However, I am not sure who would pick the current regulator, the FCA, over starting afresh.
When the No campaign was promising all sorts this week, I reflected that other parts of the UK would seek similar treatment. Why not? I am sure they too can present a special case.
Many hold the view that the No campaign has been critical, but not inspirational, whereas the Yes team draw in the power of a dream. I feel this may prove to be more effective because inspiring the voter is always better than boring them rigid.
The question that no poll can answer is: what will the undecided voter do? They will tip the balance and which way remains unclear.
Whatever the result, we will see change. If the No campaign wins, then mass devolution will follow and a federated UK may emerge. Whether that works will not be easy to tell – a ’wait and see’ approach may be the only option.
I prefer Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges’ suggestion that we produce the six-pin plug and overcharge tourists from England for the convertors. That for me is one idea that could really catch on.
Robert Reid is managing director of Syndaxi Chartered Financial Planners