Alex Salmond launched his White Paper on independence at the end of November saying it would “resonate down through the ages”. The SNP spent hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money on the manifesto.
But three independently commissioned opinion polls published since the launch have shown support for break-up stubbornly low. The White Paper would hand out £350 million to corporations, and promised that Scotland would be “the most business-friendly and competitive” environment in the whole EU. ■