I vow to keep an eye on Gang of Three

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Friday wasn’t a good day – for me and the rest of independent-minded Scots at least.

Defeat is never easy to take – especially when the genuine chances of a replay are pretty far down the line.

But the electorate of Scotland, in commendable and remarkably-high numbers, made their views known.

Forty-five wasn’t a good year for Bonnie Prince Charlie and while 45 couldn’t give Scotland the right to be totally self-governing, it was a number and percentage big enough to send a shudder through the UK.

And the 55 apparently had the Queen purring down the phone line to a much-relieved David Cameron. Queen Victoria would not have been amused.

There was a football commentator who once famously said something akin to “they think it’s all over – well it is now”.

No political commentator in his or her right mind would utter such a phrase in the wake of the September 18 Scottish independence referendum.

Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Milliband waded in with a vow where even angels would have feared to tread. They produced a vow that is already falling apart.

Gordon Brown was woken from his slumberings in the Kingdom of Fife to thunder the cause of this unlikely triple alliance – surely one of the shortest-lived alliances in the cauldron that is politics.

Alex Salmond – like him or loathe him – coaxed 85 out of every 100 voters in Scotland to make their way to the polling station. That is an unheard of figure at any election that has been held in Scotland. He did not get the result he wanted, but has put politics into the hearts and minds of people who have previously never given them a thought.

The world watched Scotland at the tail end of last week. The world has now gone away and turned its attention to other matters.

But the aftermath of Thursday’s vote has not gone away. It won’t go away for a very long time. Cameron, Clegg and Milliband made promises – a vow they called them – to the people of Scotland.

They waited late – very late – in the day to offer greater power to Holyrood. There can be no doubt that it swung many voters – the undecided, the wavering and probably some who had already committed themselves to voting Yes.

It wasn’t underhand. But it was a panic move. Desperation, you might say. The last dry powder they had.

The world may have stopped watching, but 1.6million Scottish voters haven’t. And there are many in the No camp who will also be watching to see if the Gang of Three come up with the goods.

They will be waiting to see if their promises to Scotland will be honoured.

They will be watching and waiting to see if they can trust the multitude of manifesto promises, pledges and probably vows that will be dished out ahead of next spring’s general election.

And while it won’t change the price of cheese at the Co-op, as a worthy in my local hostelry is wont to say, the eyes of Grey Matter will be watching with more than just a keen interest, believe me.

Oh, and don’t write Salmond off just yet – for he’s no awa’ tae bide awa’.