The UK parties have promised considerable additional powers for Scotland in the event of a 'no' vote
The UK parties have promised vague and unnamed considerable additional powers for Scotland in the event of a 'no' vote.
The UK Government saw the early polls, thought "well, this will never happen," and then didn't give it a second thought.
The vague, last minute promises reflect a screaming lack of contingency planning.
I mean, this vote has been years in the making and AFAICT, the UK Government never seriously sat down and negotiated "considerable additional powers" in an attempt to head off the vote.
David Cameron says he has no regrets over handling of Scottish referendum
16 Sep 2014
[Prime Minister Cameron] said that he had been right to avoid a third option on the ballot paper offering further devolution for Scotland and justified the tone and tactics of the Better Together campaign.
He said: "I had a choice. You either say 'yes you can have that referendum and here's a way of making it legal, decisive and fair', or I could have taken the approach of just putting my head in the sand and saying 'No, you can't have a referendum'.
"I think that actually Scottish independence would be closer today if I had taken that approach than it is by having a proper, legal, fair and decisive referendum."
He was unable to explain recent polls showing the referendum on a knife edge as he was "not a pollster" and his job was to change them not explain them.
The sun is setting in the British Empire's back yard.