The results of the Scottish Referendum means Scotland remains, for the time being at least, part of the Union, but hardly was the last vote counted before David Cameron, by all accounts a very academically able man, showed his lack of understanding of how the actions of his government and preceding ones have fuelled the cynicism of the electorate.
Suddenly we learned that there were conditions to the promises made to the Scots; conditions that would appeal to his own backbenchers and cause problems for the opposition; conditions Cameron had kept secret from the others in the Better Together campaign group. I expect he thought it was a cunning plan where he would win all round. It is a cunning plan, but hardly the behaviour of an honourable man, let alone one who cares about having a politically engaged electorate. It underlines how devious he is, his contempt for voters north and south of the border, a willingness to play power politics when he ought to be being magnaminous, and plays into the hands of the disappointed Yes voters, who can now say, you see, those promises were worthless.
It leaves those such as Gordon Brown, who made those promises beside him in good faith, looking foolish and conned, or worse, complicit and dishonest.
I think there is a debate to be had, in fact lots of debates to be had, about the way the different countries of the UK are going to function together and separately, but they are distinct from, and independent of, the promises made to Scotland.
Cameron is said to be a religous man. I hope when he attends church tomorrow and prays to his god, that his god answers and advises him to apologise, show humility, and to thank his lucky stars that the vote gave a no result. I hope his god reminds him that power comes with responsibility, and leadership means more than winning and getting his own way.