So Alex Salmond got nearly everything he wanted.
He got to choose the exact date of the Scottish referendum.
He chose it just after the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.
He chose it just after the successful Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow.
He chose it in the middle of one of the worst economic recessions in the UK history.
He chose it during unparalleled economic austerity.
He chose it at a time when confidence in Westminster politicians is at an all-time low.
He chose the exact wording of the referendum question.
He chose who could vote by enfranchising idealistic 16 and 17 year olds.
But he still lost decisively.
He should keep his promise of no more referendums on Scottish Independence for at least a generation.