What a difference a year has made. On November 30th 2009, Alex Salmond must have surely hoped that today would have been the first step on the road to Scottish Separation. Instead, he must today be thanking his lucky stars that he has been saved what surely would have been a crashing humiliation from the Scottish electorate if his dream referendum had ever gone ahead.
As I mentioned at the time and on occasions since, I think the pro-Union parties should have taken him on and delivered that crushing humiliation even earlier. Due to a complete lack of courage, however, they cobbled together the constitutional dog's dinner that is Calman, now translated into the Scotland Bill as of yesterday.
Despite his whinging, Salmond knows today he has been delivered a piece of respectable consolation from what should otherwise have been a complete rout.