Britain’s looming constitutional debate — a bonanza for the political chatterati — is misplaced. The SNP’s popularity over Scottish independence mirrors the growing support for UKIP over Britain’s independence from Europe. Both are deeply-felt grass-roots sentiments about power and national identity. The governance of England carries no such mass of feeling. If it did, the turn out for the 2012 election of police commissioners would not have been a record low of 15 per cent; nine out of ten cities would not have rejected proposals for directly elected mayors; the referendum on electoral reform would not have failed so spectacularly (68 per cent against; 32 per cent in favour on a 42.2 per cent turn out); and the House of Lords would no longer be an unelected chamber of members appointed for life. Therefore would it not be wise to deliver to Scotland what was promised without linkage and concentrate all minds on Europe. There is a credible scenario of Britain voting to leave Europe and a few years from now Scotland — in another referendum — voting to leave the United Kingdom.