[Ed. – He’s in a tough spot, but it’s not by any means clear he’s the right guy for the job.]
In a final plea before Thursday’s referendum, the Prime Minister warned Scottish voters in a speech in Aberdeen that separation would be a “painful divorce”.
Mr Cameron was close to tears as he warned voters that Alex Salmond’s separatist movement had “painted a picture” of an independent Scotland that was “too good to be true”.
He said the reality would involve stricter borders which could mean people being forced to “pack their passport when they’re going to see friends and loved ones”.
Mr Cameron also attempted to placate Scots who dislike him and his government by reminding them that he would not be Prime Minister forever.
“Don’t think, ‘I’m frustrated with politics right now, so I’ll walk out the door and never come back,’ ” Mr Cameron told the audience of Conservative activists. “If you don’t like me, I won’t be here forever. If you don’t like this government, it won’t last forever. But if you leave the UK, – that will be forever.” [Er – gack, Prime Minister. – Ed.]
However, in a last-ditch attempt to impress on Scots the consequences of a Yes vote, he said: “For the people of Scotland to walk away now would be like painstakingly building a home and then walking out the door and throwing away the keys.”
He said that “head and heart and soul, we want you to stay”, paying tribute to “British values” and saying that our nations had “only become Great Britain because of the greatness of Scotland”.