As support for Scottish independence seems to be consolidating at around 54%, up from around 45% in the previous year and with, perhaps, further growth to come in the wake of job losses due to a hard Brexit and from observing further pandemic chaos in England, the Scotsman struggles to find something positive in this poll.
YouGov asked 1 530 English adults what they think should happen with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Perhaps with memories of IRA bombs, only one in four wanted to keep Northern Ireland.
51% wanted to keep Wales but only 46% wanted to keep Scotland.
Not liking the sound of that, the most solidly Unionist of Scotland’s newspapers grasped at the risible notion that only 13% of those living in a neighbouring country and with no say in the matter, acitvely wanted us to go, matters.