Whatever the result of next Thursday's referendum, the one certainty is that politics in the UK as we know it - the old, stable 2 1/2 party system - is over. The political dinosaur may take a while to die - it may be after May 2015 before the message gets from tail to head - but dead it is. Which is why you will see Cameron, Clegg and Miliband doing more than ever to pretend it isn't - they really don't know what else to do.
The Party conference season will be soon upon us - that annual con-trick ably aided by the BBC that pretends that the 120 elderly and unemployed people huddled in the front rows of some vast and otherwise vacant venue are a mass party membership in plenary session. It would be too, too humiliating for Cameron to admit that with a party membership down to 60,000 from 2,000,000 in the 1950s that he could probably have his annual conference in the upstairs function room at the Dog and Duck. And by the way, more than a million of those Tory members were lost after 1979 during the Thatcher years. The combined membership of all the main parties is now far less than 1% of the UK electorate.
And the parties - particularly Labour - have not just been complacent but have been complicit in electoral fraud. Our standards of electoral probity are way outside established democratic standards, particularly with regard to the EQ or electoral quotient. Scotland has been particularly guilty of running rotten boroughs and one way or another - either by independence, which will eliminate the problem, or a federalist system that sees at at least half of Scotland's MPs culled - this must end.
That IPSA imagine that is a suitable time to announce a 10% pay rise for MPs underlines just how far away from reality the fools of the political class are operating. We loathe them more than ever, and in Scotland they're realising just how close they all are to being strung-up from the lamp columns. Tip: It's not just Scotland.