Newsweek Scotland: Join up to Witter
The landscape is still clogged with the weeds of constitution... something new or nasty springs up every day and sometimes several times in the same day. In fact there's so much to deal with we could fill two hours. I've been hacking my way through the undergrowth with the Newsweek machete and I think we have reached a clearing where we can take a breather. You may not have taken in all of the referendum consultation so we'll update you on what you need to know and, as ever, examine the real motives and possible consequences.
Edinburgh and London are making purring noises at each other but you sense it won't last and they will be flying in again like wildcats. Talks are scheduled between First Minister and Scottish Secretary - currently more or less quarantined with chicken pox - and then with Prime Minister as the consultations get under way.
If you thought the question was commendably unfussy and to the point, you'd be surprised at the hostility it engendered in some quarters with claims it was being fiddled and fixed. It demonstrates just how heated and momentous this whole event is. We will dissect the week with Angus Macleod and George Kerevan.
You may have been taken aback at some of the language used in the debate such as "absolutely ludicrous" (use of sterling), "devious, cunning, manipulative" (of the First Minister) "laughable" (Scottish army plans), even that a defence force would be "a Third World militia". Every opinion has validity and I can remember a time not so many years ago before government when SNP news releases read like Sun headlines screaming foul. But we wondered if the tone of debate is counter-productive... that if you overstate your case or insult the target, it works against you. We speak to Benedict Brogan, the deputy editor of the Daily Telegraph who worries that London-based critics just don't get it about Scotland.
We go behind the scenes in Brussels into the heart of the EU machine and hear how lawyers who advise the Council of Ministers - the key decision-making body in Europe - are advising that Scotland would be treated the same as the remaining UK and both would retain membership of the EU. They seem to dismiss suggestions that the RUK would be successor state leaving Scotland outside. We hear from an AFP reporter who spoke to them in a briefing how renewed membership would be determined by qualified majority voting with no nation having a veto.
We return to the developing English question with Peter Hetherington and Simon Lee who has written a briefing paper for MPs on English independence! We tackle the bankers bonuses and try to put them in perspective and we have the Angus paper review.
Finally, some of you may be aware of a social media campaign which is using a very flattering and digitally enhanced photo of me! My lawyers - Sue, Grabbit and Run - have asked me to point out that while it is my photo (copyright BBC), I have no involvement with any campaign. (Or indeed any involvement with social media. I have no Facebook account, whatever that is, and I don't even Twitter). I do however Witter and will do so from 8 tomorrow. Join me then.