“We don’t need a white paper to have a chat.”

The Labour MP Frank Field, writing in the Telegraph, predicts that the conversation the leader of the minority Scottish adminstration, the SNP’s Alex Salmond, wants to have could be ominous for the Union if Gordon Brown doesn’t pay attention.. but, as the BBC report points out, Labour, Conservatives and the Lib Dems are all opposed to Salmond’s desired outcome which leaves the Observer report seeming closer to the reality – in that publishing the white paper can be portrayed as fulfilling a manifesto pledge but that the call for a national conversation is a distraction from what would be “a bitter defeat” in the Scottish Parliament.