The calls from the Scottish Government for UK Prime Minister to commit to a televised debate on Scottish Independence with First Minister, Alex Salmond are fuelled by a strategy to polarise the issue inappropriately, potentially arousing the unevolved anglophobia Scotland must leave behind and must be seen to do so.
These calls are devoid of political logic and are misplaced on two counts – protocol and the nature of the debate.
Protocol is important in these things as, Mr Salmond, in his own conduct, clearly recognises.
Mr Cameron is Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Mr Salmond is First Minister of one of the UK’s home nations, the one with the greatest degree of devolution of the three currently devolved.
This is not a match of appropriate responsibilities.
On the nature of the debate – and there is no anglophobia here, just political logic: hearing an English voice debate with a Scots one on the issue of Scottish independence would fundamentally misrepresent the nature of the debate.
This is not a debate between England and Scotland. It is an internal Scottish debate between those who wish to see an independent Scotland and those who wish it to remain both a contributor to and a beneficiary from the United Kingdom.
We need to hear this debate from two Scots voices and from two appropriate Scots voice.
There can be no question about our First Minister’s appropriateness as the voice to argue for the independence that is his party’s raison d’etre.
His appropriate opponent is the Secretary of State for Scotland, the Scottish MP, Michael Moore.
Mr Moore’s authority and responsibilities are focused on supporting the development of Scotland as a devolved administration within the United Kingdom.
Mr Salmond’s authority and responsibilities are focused on supporting the development of Scotland as a devolved administration and as a potentially independent state.
These are the two politicians – both senior, both with direct responsibility for Scotland and both Scots- whom we need to hear debate this issue.