As unionist panic sets in (a second poll has shown the Scottish referendum campaigns neck-and-neck) serious attention is now being given to the personal consequences of a yes vote for those in Westminster and Holyrood.
Along with more obvious candidates for defenestration — such as Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont — David Cameron himself is thought to be “in serious trouble” if Scotland went independent.
And with George Osborne long plotting a run for the leadership of his party, a Tory source has told the Telegraph that the man being lined up as interim PM is his close ally, culture secretary Sajid Javid:
The source said that Sajid Javid, the Culture secretary, would make a leader to take the party to the general election, supported by a team of “six or seven people with different skills”.
They included David Davis, the former shadow Home Secretary who challenged Mr Cameron for the leadership in 2005, Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee, who has turned down ministerial posts in the Coalition to hang on to his influential role.
John Redwood, a former Tory Cabinet minister who once challenged Prime Minister John Major for the party leadership, is also mentioned.
Whether Cameron’s premiership would survive until May 2015, his reputation in the longer term — particularly with Conservatives — would most certainly not:
‘The prime minister that lost the union.’