It is perhaps time to hunt down the mythical beast. Like Big Foot or The Yeti, we hear a lot about the 'positive case for the Union' but none of us have yet seen it. Despite a veritable conveyor belt of anti-Independence politicians assuring us they are about to reveal these arcane secrets, it seems that none of them have yet been given permission by the Grand Wizard to reveal the self-evident truths of the Westminster Lodge.
So, I'm going to do my damnedest to do their job for them. In the interests of informed debate (rather than scaremongering) it might be helpful to both sides. Using the various pronouncements of the 'Positive Case' Parties and other commentators and experts, here's what I can come up with. I'm also determined not to be facetious. So even where I can see huge arguments against any particular point, I'll let it stand for others to decide if this 'manifesto' cuts it.
1. The UK has a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. We are major world players. Scotland wouldn't be.
2. The UK has one of the world's biggest defence spends. We are major world players. Scotland wouldn't be.
3. The UK has 29 votes in the Council of the European Union. Scotland would only have 7 if allowed to remain a member.
4. The UK was able to borrow the money to refinance failing banks. Would Scotland?
5. Scottish shipyards were able to competitively tender and win some orders from the Royal Navy.
6. Scotland virtually breaks even in terms of contributions made to and payments made from the UK Exchequer.
7. Remaining in the UK will protect some jobs at HMNB Clyde.
8. The UK is a nuclear power. Scotland wouldn't be.
9. We have 300 years of shared history.
10. Our soldiers fought and died together against Frenchmen, Spaniards, Germans, Hungarians, Jacobites, Italians, Swedes, Indians, Russians, Native Americans, Americans, Dutchmen, Poles, the Irish, the Swiss, Sierra Leonians, Sri Lankans, Turks, Danes, Norwegians, South Africans, Egyptians, the Burmese, Canadians, Uruguayans, Argentinians, Maoris, Bulgarians, Mexicans, Nicaraguans, Chinese, Persians, Abyssinians, Afghans, Zulus, Sudanese, Tibetans, Nigerians, Austrians, Somalis, Arabs, Jews, Japanese, Romanians, Finns, Thais, Indonesians, Vietnamese, Malayans, Koreans, Kenyans, Cypriots, Iraqis, Yugoslavs, Liberians and Libyans. Independent Scots probably won't.
11. We're stronger together, weaker apart.
12. We share the risks and rewards.
Scotland, it's over to you.
NB: I'm happy to add further positives to the Unionist case should anyone wish to give me them.