I see that it's customary to give one's forecast for the coming year, so here goes.
May 2010: the Conservatives get most seats in the General Election but fall short of a majority. An approach is made to the SNP who agree to support the Tories in exchange for an independence referendum.
June 2010: Cameron makes this a "now or never" vote and the referendum is held on 24th June. No one in London has noticed that this is the anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn and Scotland votes overwhelmingly for independence.
August 2010: to the surprise of many a free Scotland reverts to its natural state of "small c" conservatism.
The new cabinet is announced on the Glorious Twelfth.
Prime Minister: Annabel Goldie
Chancellor of the Exchequer: John Swinney
Foreign Secretary: Alexander McCall Smith
Home Secretary: John Rebus QPM
Education Secretary: Sir Tom Hunter
International Development Secretary: Eamonn Butler
Defence Secretary: Sir Sean Connery
Health Secretary and Piemaster General: Brian Monteith
Secretary of State for Energy, Transport and Planning: Neil Craig
Secretary of State for the Privatisation of almost Everything Else: the Laird of Freedom and Whisky.
Meanwhile it is also announced that the Leader of the Opposition is The Right Honourable Dame Nicola Sturgeon of Govan and that the Deputy Leader is The Right Honourable Lady Wark of Kelvinside and Shepherd's Bush.
Other government appointments are also announced.
Governor of the Central Bank of Scotland: Sir Frederick Anderson Goodwin. This follows the recent surprise discovery of the world's largest oilfield underneath the headquarters of the ABN-Amro Bank.
Ambassador to the Court of St. James's and also serving as the Chairman of the Jockey Club and Social Secretary of the Garrick: the Laird Salmond of Linlithgow.
And a final surprise announcement is the new Keeper of Her Majesty's Muckle Flugga Lighthouse: the Duke of Kirkcaldy, Cowdenbeath and North Queensferry.