Similarly, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has partly made the case for a "Yes" vote being about ridding Scotland of Conservative government.
And his deputy, Nicola Sturgeon, has accused PM David Cameron of "struggling to locate that part of his anatomy" which would see him go head-to-head with Mr Salmond in a TV debate. (Ms Sturgeon's advisers assured me at the time she was referring to the prime ministers "guts". Or lack of)
Claim and counterclaim
Scotland's economic health has been a hot topic in the campaign
How much better off will people in Scotland be? Will public services be better or worse? What does Scotland need to be an international player?
These are all questions the two sides have sought to answer with a dazzling array of figures.
And not content with punting their own views, the two sides resorted to attacking each other for dodgy sums.
Mr Salmond said the Treasury's calculations had been "blown to smithereens" because they'd already been caught cooking the books, while Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander accused SNP ministers of offering voters a "bogus bonus" because their version hadn't taken all the factors into account.
Expect plenty more stats chat in the weeks ahead, as the campaigns continue to seek to put forward their economic arguments.
The prospect of a stronger Scotland within the UK has formed a key part of their argument, but the SNP government has questioned their ability to deliver and says the nation needs real independence.
'Mibbes Aye, Mibbes Naw'
Both sides of the campaign have been going after undecided voters
If you are an undecided voter, the campaign machines are coming your way.
Those who have yet to decide whether their "X" is going beside "Yes" or "No" are hugely influential because they're open to persuasion - and polling data for the last few months indicates "don't knows" make up anywhere between 12% and 29% of the electorate.
Supporters of the Union have also looked to history.
During a time which has seen big world war commemoration events, David Cameron used a conference speech to pay tribute to a Scottish ancestor, Captain John Geddes who died in battle in 1915, but showed "extraordinary heroism" in representing Britain standing together "when the chips were down".
And what might the two sides of the campaign make of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, being held this summer in Glasgow?
It is one of those international events in which Scotland competes in its own right.
But if you're heading to any sporting events in Glasgow between the end of July and the start of August, expect to at least see a few Yes Scotland and Better Together flyers.
Barack Obama made an unexpected intervention in the debate over Scotland's future
As one-time US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld once noted: "There are known knowns, there are things that we know that we know. We also know there are known unknowns, that is to say we know there are some things we do not know.
"But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know."
The referendum campaigns may well be planning every last second of their strategies, but not knowing who might be next to put their head above the parapet will keep them on their toes right up until polling day.
Partick Thistle have signed defender Ryan Finnie on a deal until the end of the season.
The 19-year-old was most recently with Rangers and operates primarily at right-back.
Finnie, a Scotland under-19 international, began his career at Hamilton Academical and also had a spell on loan at Dumbarton.
His arrival follows that of defender Callum Booth, who joined on loan from Hibernian until the end of the season.
MSPs have been debating calls for the Chilcot report into the invasion of Iraq to be published before the general election.
The First Minister said the delays were unjustifiable.
However, the Conservative MSP Alex Fergusson told Parliament that it was important that so-called 'Maxwellisation', when people who are criticised in the report are warned in advance, is done properly.
Labour backed the motion, but the party's deputy leader Kezia Dugdale said it wasn't right to re-run the political arguments of a decade ago.
Jackie McNamara reckons Dundee United's attacking firepower gives them an edge over Aberdeen in Saturday's Scottish League Cup semi-final.
The Tangerine's have scored 46 times in the Scottish Premiership this season - more than any other top flight side.
"We've got goals in the team," the United manager told BBC Scotland. "I think we've shown that.
"But defensively we need to be a lot better than we have been of late - we've conceded too many sloppy goals."
Important at this time of year to check your lights and tyres, don't get caught out #winterinfo #friendlyadvice
The international futures of Scotland forwards Ryan Wilson (pictured) and Ryan Grant remain unclear following Scottish rugby board meetings on Thursday.
Wilson, 25, was found guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Tuesday of assaulting a fellow rugby player on a night out.
A similar charge against Grant, 29, was found not proven, but he has been left out of Scotland's Six Nations squad.
The Scottish Rugby Union told BBC Scotland: "When we have an update to share on this, it will be circulated."
Tomorrow will be a cold, bright day, with fresh to strong northerly winds bringing further snow showers. The main focus of the showers will be the northern and western Isles, the northwest Highlands, Moray, Aberdeenshire and Angus.
By the end of the day, there'll be further significant accumulations over the high ground of the northwest.
Central and southern Scotland will be largely dry with plenty of crisp winter sunshine and just a few showers feeding in to the east and west coasts.
Temperatures will reach 4 or 5 Celsius, but it will feel much colder in those strong northerly winds.
Plans to end the collection of poll tax debts in Scotland have been approved in principle by parliament.
The community charge debt bill was passed by 96 votes to 14, although it still faces two further stages of scrutiny before becoming law.
The controversial poll tax was brought in by the Thatcher government to Scotland in 1989, before the rest of the country, but was abolished after four years.
Alistair Spence took this picture in the afternoon at Lochgelly, near Kirkcaldy, as the clouds start to roll in.
You can send us your pictures or tweet them using #ScotlandLive.
Snow showers will continue this evening - mainly in the West Highlands, Argyll, the Inner Hebrides and Galloway at first, but affecting western parts of the central belt as the evening goes on.
Much of central and eastern Scotland will be dry for the first part of the night with clear spells.
A band of persistent rain, sleet and snow will push into Shetland this evening, spreading across Orkney, the Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire during the course of the night, and finally getting into southern Scotland towards morning. This will bring a sleety mix to the coasts, but snow inland.
There will be a risk of ice across the country. Temperatures will dip to between 0 and -2 celsius for most.
Photographer Chris Marr took this picture at Glasgow Airport at around midnight last night.
tweets: Don't miss 'Managing the Old Firm,' on #BBCSportsound from 1930, as Chick Young speaks to former #Rangers and #Celtic managers.
Police searching for a student who has gone missing in St Andrews have found a body on a beach in the town.
Kieran McCann hasn't been seen since Tuesday evening.
Fellow students have called off a mass search for the 18-year-old from Los Angeles.
Fire crews were called to the shop on Callendar Road at about 02:30, and managed to extinguish the flames before they could spread to neighbouring properties.
The blaze caused "extensive" damage to the shop's interior.
Police believe the fire was started deliberately and have launched a joint investigation with the fire service. Officers have appealed for witnesses.
An Edinburgh bookie has become a local hero after thwarting an armed robbery.
Peter Morris was working at ScotBet on Ferry Road on Tuesday night when the thief strolled up to the counter, produced a gun and handed over a note demanding money.
Mr Morris said he threw the note back to him, saying 'nae chance.'
The thief threatened to shoot Mr Morris in the face, but Mr Morris said he tried to bluff him, telling him that if he did so he wouldn't get the money.
Stevie McKenna emails: Coyle, my brother's Springer Spaniel, had fun trying to find his ball in the snow in East Kilbride.
Jim McKinstry emails:My daughters Katie and Emma McKinstry, from Bearsden with Olaf the snowman.
The family of the former Glasgow Labour MP Mohammed Sarwar have insisted that his resignation as the governor of Punjab province was not linked to criticism he made of the federal government two days ago.
In a news conference in Lahore, Mr Sarwar condemned corruption in Pakistan and insisted he had not been sacked.
Earlier this week, he criticised the government there over its failure to agree new ties with the US.
Linda Wilbraham emailed this picture taken near Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire.
Donald Urquhart took this picture of snow dusting the trees at Mill Green in Dumfries.
Graeme Conlan from Alva sent in this shot of his dogs Lucy and Pansy enjoying the snow in Callander.
Watch highlights as Andy Murray fights back after a poor start to beat Tomas Berdych and reach his fourth Australian Open final.
The British number one lost a tense first set but recovered to win 6-7 (6-8) 6-0 6-3 7-5. He will play the winner of Friday's semi-final between Serb Novak Djokovic and Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka.
Roy Henderson from Falkirk visited the Kelpies this morning and took this photo of them surrounded with snow.
Police Scotland has been criticised for the way it brought in its controversial policy allowing some armed officers to carry out routine duties.
The Scottish Police Authority said the absence of "proactive communications" contributed to public misunderstanding, which continues today.
However, the SPA also said there was some public support for the policy.
The Crown Office said it would issue an update by the end of February on timescales for any criminal proceedings or a fatal accident inquiry.
The inquiry has been looking at the circumstances of the 22 December crash.
Ten people were also injured when the lorry careered out of control in Queen Street and crashed in George Square.
Police in Edinburgh are appealing for information to help trace a man reported missing from Edinburgh's Old Town.
James Farmer, 51, was last seen in the Grassmarket area at around 10:30 on Thursday, 22 January.
He is described as being around 5ft 7in tall, of average build with a fair complexion.
He was wearing a black 'Everlast' jacket and sports trousers with a white stripe, and a hat.
A baby has been airlifted to hospital by a Royal Navy Search and Rescue helicopter after being taken ill while stranded in a snow-bound house near Langholm.
The one-year-old, who was described as 'unresponsive' at the scene, has been taken to hospital in Carlisle.
While a local GP came to the family's aid, a local ambulance had been unable to access the remote farmhouse near Whisgills in the Scottish Borders due to the wintry road conditions en route.
Glasgow's Air Ambulance helicopter was also unable to reach the child, having been denied permission to fly in the snow showers.
Gary Teale to remain in charge of St Mirren until end of the season. @BBCSportScot
A man's body has been recovered from the beach near Glencaple in Dumfries and Galloway.
Police say the body has not been identified, but the family of missing teenager Macauley McQueen has been informed of the discovery.
The 19-year-old has not been seen since he entered the River Nith in Dumfries three days before Christmas.
Large-scale searches involving lifeboats, the coastguard, mountain rescue teams, the fire service and police were conducted following his disappearance.
Scottish Labour has questioned the SNP's aspiration for education for all.
They outlined new figures showing the number of state school exam appeals in Scotland has fallen by 75% in the past year since a new fees system was introduced.
Deputy leader Kezia Dugdale said: "The SNP's record on education inequality is clear for all to see.
"Teacher numbers down by more than 4,000, appeals for state pupils plummeting by 55,000, kids from the poorest backgrounds being left behind."
But First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are going to university under the SNP.
Police Scotland has submitted its initial report on the investigation into the bin lorry crash in Glasgow last month to the Crown Office.
Six people were killed and several injured following the crash on 22 December, close to George Square.
The Crown say they will now consider the report. They say they will give further information regarding the timescale of further investigations required for any criminal proceedings or Fatal Accident Inquiry by the end of February.
Manager Derek McInnes hopes the experience of winning the Scottish League Cup last season will help his Aberdeen players retain it.
The Dons beat Inverness last March to lift their first trophy since 1995 and that could aid the Reds in Saturday's semi-final against Dundee United.
Global icon Nessie is poised to take centre stage in a new £2m advertising campaign aimed at promoting all Scotland has to offer to foreign visitors.
This beat 'friends who continue to use their mobile in social situations' with 60% and 'playing loud music on mobile phones' with 51%.
The survey of over 2000 UK adults by www.mobiles.co.uk reveals "text speak" in other communications (for example using "u" instead of "you" when e-mailing) is classed as an annoying habit by 42%. While 34% find texting while walking irritating.
Reevel in Glasgow passed on this picture of his dog Molly enjoying the snow.
Ringing the changes on Edinburgh's Royal Mile: Old red phone boxes replaced with a refurbished box containing an ATM.
Ministers have been urged to step in to block the extradition of an American musician based at Scotland's famous academy of music and drama.
Dr Steve Forman is a US citizen who works at the Royal Conservatoire and who won indefinite leave to remain in the UK after a public campaign last year.
But Glasgow North MP Ann McKechin says the Home Office has applied to appeal the decision by the Immigration Tribunal.
She's says she written to the Scottish Secretary asking him to intervene, over the "outrageous" move which is a "bitter blow to Dr Forman".
Here is a look at the #A830 at Morar (South of Mallaig) heavy snow in the area with low visibility!
This photo was sent in by Brian Cairns, who says: "Unlike Edinburgh, tram line clearance in Coatbridge is a one-man show."
Stewart Roberts captured this scene while walking his dog near West Linton.
The principal of a Scottish university has said that students who fail their degrees could get rebates on fees paid.
Prof Craig Mahoney said the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) was looking at concepts such as a rebate system and guaranteeing students paid employment beyond their degree.
He said such moves may be necessary in the face of increased competition.
The world's biggest distiller of Scotch whisky has reported a sharp fall in sales in some of its key markets.
Diageo said profits in the second half of last year fell by 18% to £1.7bn, while overall sales were down 1%.
The warnings will remain in place for northern and western regions of the country for Saturday and Sunday.
Showers of sleet, snow and hail are expected to continue through Thursday and Friday morning, with a risk of further snow in particular over higher grounds. Between 1-3cm of further snow could fall on lower levels.
Further snow and strong winds are forecast for the north and west of Scotland on Saturday and Sunday.
An elderly lollipop man has been left 'too distressed and shaken' to return to work after a man pushed him to the ground and stole his stick.
Footage released by West Midlands police shows the culprit crossing the road as the 82-year-old stops traffic, the thug then grabs hold of the lollipop stick dragging the man with him before he falls to the ground.
Ian Smithson sent us this picture of a crash on icy roads in Edinburgh.
#GoodNews #M9 is now *OPEN* btw J5 & J6 after overturned cattle lorry. All animals clear from the carriageway & all lanes running #DriveSafe
Inverness Airport has re-opened after snow and ice caused disruption to flights this morning.
The closure has resulted in delays to and cancellations of a number of early morning services.
Andy Murray is in the final of the Australian Open.
FMQs (recorded) coverage on TV will now be delayed until 12:15 on BBC2, when the tennis will switch to BBC1 Scot. #AusOpen
A 61-year-old woman has been attacked and robbed of her car by a hooded man in the Leith area of Edinburgh.
The incident happened at about 11:30 on Wednesday when the man approached the woman in Jane Street and asked for directions.
It's almost that time again. Scottish first minister's questions begins at Holyrood from noon. What might come up today? Your guess is as good as mine.
Labour has been routinely raising the NHS, but fracking, weather and the publication (or not) of the Chilcot Report into the Iraq war may come up. A few of the MSPs might be distracted if Andy Murray's still playing - they better hope the presiding officer doesn't catch them.
A creel boat skipper missing in the North Sea with his grandson for two days has been heavily criticised by marine accident investigators.
75-year-old Jim Reid and 35-year-old David Irvine told how they survived on just two biscuits as they got lost in fog after leaving the Aberdeenshire port of Gourdon in May last year.
Their 16ft boat, the Water Rail, sank while being towed back to Montrose by the local lifeboat
A huge air and sea search had been called when they were eventually rescued by a passing fishing boat 45 miles off Montrose.
The Marine Accidents Investigation Branch says Mr Reid lacked the competence necessary to operate his boat safely. There was no radio on board and the compass was faulty.
Kevin Buchan in West Calder wonders if it is barbecue weather.
The mythical Loch Ness Monster is to take centre stage in a new £2m advertising campaign aimed at promoting the Loch Ness area to foreign visitors.
The drive by VisitBritain will be targeted at key overseas markets.
It aims to increase the number of international tourists to Loch Ness and other nearby places such as Inverness by 50,000 over the next four years. Inverness, Loch Ness and surrounding areas already draw about 200,000 tourists a year.
#M9 is *CLOSED* btwn J5 and J6 due to overturned cattle lorry. Animals are live on the route so please AVOID if possible.
A woman was airlifted to hospital last night after being rescued in a forest near Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders.
Mountain Rescue Team praised rescue dog Rauour who's sensitive nose helped locate the missing woman
Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team was called out at around 17:00, and found the woman around three hours later.
The woman, who was unconscious, was located around ten metres off a forest track, as weather conditions started to worsen.
Some of the world's biggest oil firms are to meet monthly in a bid to create job opportunities for workers in the North-east who have been made redundant.
The first meeting of Scotland's Energy Jobs Taskforce, set up by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, discussed how best to safeguard jobs in the North-east oil and gas sector.
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