Amid all the sound and fury of the Scottish Indyref, it is worth pausing to think what a huge distraction it is from other major issues. If there is a yes vote, it will plunge the whole UK into an entirely internalised debate on constitutional arrangements. Indeed, at this stage even a No vote would, although for shorter period.
Where does this leave us in terms of dealing with real, pressing issues such as climate change, the continuing economic problems of Europe, the security issues in the Ukraine, Middle East and elsewhere?
Was this really the best thing everyone culd have been doing right now?