I remember sitting as a guest at the launch of Yes Scotland and listening to the scale of the campaign they aimed to become – the biggest community campaign Scotland has ever seen, working not only across the political spectrum but attracting those who had never before been involved in campaigning. Good luck to the folk putting that together, I thought.
In terms of the theory, winning elections is a simple process. In my time in Scottish politics, and from my side of the business, I've come to understand three simple rules, which if followed increase the chances of success exponentially.
The first rule of referendums is that the question should be neutral. Somehow, Alex Salmond seems to have managed to circumvent this in the case of the Scottish referendum in 2014. The question is "Should Scotland be an independent country?
JIM McColl, one of the country’s leading business figures, has warned that a No vote in next year’s independence referendum would deal Scotland’s prospects a major blow, making it less likely that he and fellow entrepreneurs would want to locate north of the Border.
Leaving aside for one moment the London media's new-found love affair with a hard-right party (a match made in heaven if ever there was one), what really matters about the English local elections is what they tell us about the likely outcome of the Tory v Labour battle for power in the next general election. And the answer couldn't be much clearer. Here are the BBC's projected national vote shares...