I used to have a good little system for bunking off sports in school. I knew how long to wait so I could sign in, where to go to escape without being seen and how to time it to make sure my parents wouldn't be home if anyone from the school tried to call. It was relatively well constructed but, of course, it eventually fell apart.
I learned an important lesson back then: you'll never get away with it forever. Unless you plan very carefully, you'll usually get caught out.
Alex Salmond is currently discovering this lesson on a rather bigger stage. For years he has been making it up as he goes along. But suddenly he is being found out. Chancellor George Osborne has ruled out currency union and European Commissioner president Jose Manuel Barroso has said it would be "extremely difficult if not impossible" for an independent Scotland to join the EU.
This one-two punch, on the SNP's electoral and emotional sweet-spots, poses an existential threat for Salmond's campaign for ScottishRead More »from Salmond is making it up as he goes along – and now he’s been caught