Speaking to Shahid Razzaq (a Premier retailer from just outside Glasgow, Scotland) earlier, I heard a familiar set of worries.
“I think business people are generally thinking against independence,” he said. “We’re interested in facts and figures and the SNP have left a lot of questions unanswered”.
I spoke to him, on the phone, from the Yes Campaign’s semi-permanent rally (otherwise known as Glasgow’s George Square) and the note of quiet contemplation in his thinking contrasted with the revelry of the saltire-clad crowd.
“The recession we’ve had in recent years will go on a lot longer if there’s a yes vote,” lamented Mr Razzaq as he listed the so-called set up costs that a new state would need. The SNP have consistently argued all this would need the relatively modest sum of £200m, but this was not the first retailer I’ve heard to scoff at that figure.
Scotland is alive with political discussions and debates at the moment, but has been marked how much of the visible activism has been by those favouring independence. I’ve seen countless cars driving around both Edinburgh and Glasgow over the past 48 hours and none have been waving a union jack.
So, if there is a huge political shock tonight — which is very possible — then in the recriminations and post-mortems that will inevitably begin, it should be noted that at no point did Better Together provide an inspiring, business-minded narrative that could get the many no-leaning retailers excitedly waving the flag of the United Kingdom.
Will it cost them the union?