So Cameron has appointed his only Scottish MP as Secretary of State for Scotland and Labour have followed suit with their only Scottish MP as his shadow.
Personally, if I were Cameron and I was serious about uniting a divided UK I would have offered the job to Alex Salmond. This would have been a win-win situation. If Salmond accepted the post, he’d be part of cabinet and had the big voice in Scottish affairs that Nicola Sturgeon claims to want. Cameron would be seen as statesmanlike and inclusive, recognising the SNP landslide and the will of the Scottish people.
On the other hand refusing the post would have handed a huge piece of political capital to Cameron. “Well, I made the big offer and they SNP turned it down. Aren’t I bighearted and serious? They’re just churlish and anti-English.”
Salmond, of course, pre-empted any offer by calling for the Scottish Office to be abolished. A spokeswoman for the Scottish Conservatives responded angrily to Mr Salmond’s demands, saying :
“We, unlike Alex Salmond, want to form a constructive and respectful relationship between the Scottish Government and Westminster. It’s unfortunate that Alex Salmond has struck this tone, so early on into building that relationship.”
Quite so. Game on – and 15 love to Cameron.
It’s not a great start, is it?