The PM arrived, the FM greeted him on the doorstep of St Andrew's House, the deal was duly signed and the press acted according to plan by photographing every stage-managed move.
All is well with the progress of the independence referendum and if one commentator is correct (I think it was Brian Taylor), then Mr Salmond will have control over the details of the various campaigning parties.
Last night I had a telephone call from an English friend who has lived in Scotland for nearly 50 years. One of her interests is politics and for the past few years we've discussed the pros and cons of independence during our regular chats. Last time we met she was still dithering - floating is the political term I believe - and wanted much more information about the financial structure of an independent Scotland.
However, the conversation started with her in full scunnered mode, which can only be described as full volumed assertiveness: "That's it. I'm voting yes and I will not change my mind." Had she been reading something which gave information about the financial aspect or had my persuasive skills finally won her round? No to the first point and laughter to the second was the answer. Patiently I waited for the reason and I didn't wait more than a couple of seconds. "Did you see David Cameron on television at teatime?" (I didn't get a chance to answer before she continued), "Britishness, Britain, I'm British London politicians keep telling me. No, I'm not, I'm English and proud of it. I'm sick of being told I'm British and did you hear a politician on radio this morning correcting himself by initially saying English then speedily changing to British?"
She has a point. My Norwegian friends and my Swedish ex-sister-in-law would never describe themselves as Scandinavian and my German and Swiss friends would never call themselves European if they were asked their nationality. Why does London insist on calling everyone in the UK British and ignoring the national identities?
It's done in an attempt to cement the idea that Britishness is what holds the UK together but my friend's decision shows it's having a detrimental effect.
The constant referral to the Olympics and what Team GB achieved is part of the brain-washing strategy. Anyone with an iota of common sense realises those who participated in team GB had no option - there wasn't the choice to be part of a Team Wales, a Team Northern Ireland, a Team Scotland or a Team England.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games will give the four countries of the UK the opportunity to participate in the name of their own country and feel just as proud as they did when they took part in London 2012. But I wonder how the unionists will cope once the Commonwealth Games come to Scotland. Will they continue to call all UK participants British or will they have to face up to the fact that a vast majority of the UK's inhabitants prefer to refer to themselves as Welsh, Northern Irish, Scottish or English?