Campaigners fighting to keep Scotland in the UK "cannot afford to be complacent for one moment", former chancellor Alistair Darling will warn.
It seems that Alistair Darling has decided to join his Tory ally, Ruth Davidson, in cranking up the anti-independence rhetoric from inane scare-mongering to thinly veiled threats of punitive measures against Scotland by the government of rUK. What else can his ill-considered utterances mean? There is no inevitable reason why two independent countries cannot enjoy the benefits of close relationships. There is no necessary reason whatever why two neighbouring sovereign nations should not trade freely with one another without either of them relinquishing their sovereignty. Especially where there are pre-existing links that have been developed over centuries.
Unless, of course, one of nations decides to erect barriers. And that is what Project Fear is now hinting at in the crude and clumsy way that we have come to expect.
What else could create problems for trade between Scotland and rUK other than deliberate malicious and unquestionably illegal action by the rump British state petulantly seeking retribution for Scotland's temerity in asserting its independence? Certainly not anything that the Scottish Government is doing or is likely to do. By Darling's own admission the Scottish Government is seeking to create a post-independence situation that keeps the bits of the relationship which work well for both nations while ending or amending the bits that don't work well for either one.
The irony is that while British nationalist bandy terms such "separatist" it is only they who show any sign of thinking in terms of the kind of absolute severing that they seek to imply. It is only they who insist that the restoration of Scotland's rightful constitutional status can only be achieved at the cost of completely ending all ties between the two countries.
Scotland's civic nationalist movement seeks only a more appropriate form of association based on a recognition of the rights of both nations to freely negotiate the terms of their relationship. It is only British nationalists who are saying that there can be no relationship unless it is one defined entirely by the British state for its own purposes and imposed on Scotland without our democratically expressed consent.
And it is only British nationalists who are threatening sanctions against Scotland should we refuse to accept the supremacy of the British state and the sovereignty of the British parliament and choose instead to assert the sovereignty of Scotland's people.
I will not be intimidated. Not least because I know these to be meaningless threats. Shutting down trading and other ties would be as damaging to the economy of rUK as it would be to Scotland. Unless he is a complete moron, Darling knows this. So his threats are dishonest as well as empty.
And Darling's dishonesty does not end there. There's all this drivel about "indy-lite" as well. Unless Darling actually believes that having economic and cultural ties with another nation cannot be achieved without forfeiting independence then he is talking utter garbage. And he is dishonestly representing the arguments of the SNP and the Yes campaign. Those of us who advocate independence are in no doubt about what it means. It means bringing our government home. It does not mean slamming and bolting the door behind us when we do so.
In his abysmal shallowness Darling cannot even begin to envision a newly forged relationship between Scotland and rUK based on the partnership of equals that the union signally failed to deliver. He can see only a relationship based on the existing structures of power and privilege, or no relationship at all. What a sad and petty little man he is!
I know that this sad and petty little man does not speak for Scotland. The question is whether in making these threats he is speaking for the British parties. Are we to take it that it is now their policy to introduce economic sanctions if Scotland should vote Yes? I think we are entitled to know. And if there is no such intention, then maybe Darling and his Tory allies should stop talking as if there were.