Finally the card playing season has drawn to a close and the past week has involved far too much food followed by hours of sedentary pleasure or pain; that depends on the hand dealt.
Quite a few people know I support Scottish independence and expect me to have the answer to the questions politicians seem reluctant to answer.
One of the questions I was asked was if I knew how having a monetary union with London would work. I replied I had no idea although I agree with the questioner that it seemed strange to want to be independent from London yet have the Bank of England in charge of our monetary policy. Nicola Sturgeon, in today's Herald, says:
"An independent Scotland will keep the pound because it is in everyone's best interests, and to try and suggest otherwise simply flies in the face of the facts.
"For a start, the pound is every bit as much Scotland's currency as it is that of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and as such, it is simple common sense that we should continue to use it as an independent country.
"But that common sense argument is backed up by overwhelming economic arguments."We have already had the detailed expert report of the Fiscal Commission Working Group which has backed a currency union in the event of a Yes vote in next year's referendum."
That statement doesn't contain any information about the content of the 'detailed expert report' and appears to be another 'have faith in us because we know best' comment.
Of course another question followed which was: "Why are the SNP bothering with attempts to keep sterling when they insist on being full members of the EU?" The questioner followed that up by firmly declaring that any country wishing to join the EU has to adopt the Euro. I didn't argue with him because he's been involved in international law, at a high level, for many years.
So if anyone can explain to me why having a monetary union with England is common sense I'd be grateful. According to Wikipedia, Brunei and Singapore are the last two nations whose dollars have remained at par and mutually interchangeable since the days when the Spanish Dollar was the united currency of large areas of the New World. It is managed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Should Scotland gain independence will London create a Monetary Authority of England?