It really is time there was a thorough examination of the likelihood of Scottish left-wing rule in the event of Scotland voting to break away.
For a start, it is true as Andrew Clark says that there are left-wing and anti-bomb members of the SNP. Sadly for them, they are just about to be defeated on the issue of Nato membership.
Alex Salmond would not be raising it if he did not know his party's current stance is losing votes. And if they vote to join Nato, how confident can anyone feel that the anti-Trident policy will not be ditched as well?
The SNP being a beacon for socialists in the rest of Britain is a happy thought for those who entertain it, but it's lacking in evidence. Look at how pally Salmond is with the likes of Souter, Trump and Murdoch - and the baggage they bring with them.
Where is the left-wing protest in the SNP against Salmond's plan to outbid England in cutting corporation tax? Not a word is heard. Any protest about our local councils taking the brunt of the Tory cuts, passed on by the SNP government? Again, only silence.
There is a danger of being too complacent here in Scotland about the Tory vote. Having only one Tory MP in the whole of Scotland does not mean all those who voted Tory before have died or gone away.
But it is a fact well known to canvassers for political parties that many a Tory, knowing the Tory candidate cannot win, votes SNP to keep Labour out. Voting SNP is no quick fix and the sooner we all realise we have more in common with a worker in Liverpool than with any Scottish laird, the better.