If you value unity, you know that the SNP has now been confirmed by two separate polls as running at 54% of voting intentions in Scotland.
You know what this means in terms of the almost total separatist sweep of Scottish seats that will come in this election.
You know that the seats gained by the separatists from this situation could not better deliver the ‘material change’ in ‘public opinion’ which First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has specifically cited as reason to call for a second independence referendum in the SNP’s 2016 manifesto.
You know that if this commitment is in that manifesto in these circumstances it will carry. Scotland will leave the Union. It will be out on its own in all weathers. Those who have supported us as we have supported them will be left weakened – and they will have had no voice, as a substantial minority in Scotland will not.
You know that with two successive election wins of this order, Scotland will effectively be a one-party state in one year’s time, with all of the dismissal of democracy that this will certainly bring. The evidence is here already and we are not going to rehearse it again. It’s there plainly to see; but if you can’t see it there’s no use pointing to it again.
You know that in this one-party state there will be no tolerance of the contrary view, that other voices will be drowned out or silenced.
You know that if you vote as you have always done – or for your own preferred pro-union party today – every single one of the pro-union parties in Scotland, your own included, is going down.
You know you have the free and independent option of joining others in using your vote to try and slow this avalanche, to play for time for 2016: by voting for whoever, in your own constituency, is most likely to come second to the SNP – and trying to help them to win.
But if, in the face of your acceptance of all of these facts, you simply cannot bring yourself to vote for another pro-union party because, for you, it has always politically been ‘the enemy’ – that is your free democratic choice.
Stay in your comfort zone and watch it all come down around you.
And it will start crumbling in eight days time.