When the SNP were elected in 2007 it was with some amusement that I watched the antics of Mr Salmond and his jolly bunch of swivel-eyed loons take over the Scottish Executive. Within weeks the buffoonery had started. Calls for a Scottish olympic team brought a smile, demands for the return of 'our' chessmen had me chortling and I was rolling in the aisles at the complaints about cricket on the telly. These people were nutters and nobody could take them seriously, could they?
Fast forward five years and now Mr Salmond has started the formal consultation period on separation things are no longer quite so amusing. The opposition parties in Scotland are in disarray and the SNP, with total control of Holyrood, have enjoyed an easy ride from most of the print media and pretty much no scrutiny from the broadcast media.
It's time for folk like me who have watched our country sleepwalk into this disaster do something positive and make a contribution to what will be the most crucial debate in our country's history.
Over the next days, weeks, months and years this blog will be my own small part toward that debate.