Watching the jollities that conclude the musical summer, it is impossible to expel the dark thought that this venerable national tradition could be dead in a week’s time once the Scots have cast their vote.
If they vote for independence, the nation will change overnight and forever. No more shared experience. No more simulcasts from all four corners of the kingdom. No more common destiny. No more Scots singing Britannia rules the waves.
We may be watching a swansong.