Home Secretary Charles Clarke last night flatly rejected appeals for him to intervene to secure permission for G8 protesters to march past Gleneagles.Surely policing matters are fully devolved to the Scottish parliament and if that is not the case one would have expected Mr Salmond to be protesting accordingly. But no, just more politically correct posturing about the G8 business. It's no wonder that the politically incorrect silent majority are wary about independence.
Asked if he would accept the plea from SNP leader Alex Salmond, leading left-wing campaigner Tony Benn and protest groups for permission to march past the gates of Gleneagles, he gave an abrupt: "No."
(UPDATE: There's more here about the joined-up government planning that's going on at the moment.)