It is disappointing, but not unexpected, to see Prime Minister David Cameron run scared from debating the issue of Scottish independence with First MinisterAlex Salmond.
Mr Cameron put his name to the Edinburgh Agreement and received the plaudits, and a joint award, for this; he issues proclamations on the apparent strength of the Union; is head of a UK Government publishing swathes of reports commenting on issues ranging from currency to defence in an independent Scotland, and put preserving the Union at the centre of this week’s Tory conference.
However, when it comes to speaking up to preserve that Union in public debate he is posted missing.
His apparent defence is that it is not for him, but for Alastair Darling, as leader of the No campaign, to debate with Mr Salmond. However, Mr Salmond is not leader of the Yes campaign – Blair Jenkins is. And as UK Prime Minister there is an obligation on Mr Cameron, and one he should relish, to engage in a televised debate to promote the Union’s continued existence.
Let us also not forget that this is the same Prime Minister who pledged to fight for the Union with “every fibre of his being”. It appears, however, that this fight does not extend to speaking up for the Union in public debate – a shameful act of gross hypocrisy from a man who is too feart to fight.