A million signatures backing a campaign is not something to be sniffed at, that’s for sure.
Of course, it’s probably a bit more impressive when your campaigners don’t instantly start blabbing to the world (well, the internet) about how they’ve helped to bump up numbers with multiple entries.
Step up, Jeff Breslin, who Tweeted: “I deserve credit too as I must have signed it at least eight times…”
Now, it was tongue in cheek but it certainly set the hares running.
Taking Yes Scotland’s figure of 1,001,186 people who have signed the “Yes Declaration” and dividing it by the amount of time since the target was set, it means almost 1,224 signatures were obtained every day.
That’s an incredible effort. Some would say unlikely. In any event, it certainly led to swirling sneaky suggestions that nefarious business had taken place to reach the total from some pro-Union types.
And, with such cheery thoughts, we begin the first “real” day of the independence campaign!
Of course, there’s already plenty under way and this debate has been going on for a long time. A really long time, in fact, but now there are no pesky parliaments to get in politicians’ way.
Without having to bother travelling to Edinburgh or London, our elected representatives will be free to instead tour the country like rock ‘n’ roll gods.
On second thoughts, somehow I can’t imagine either Alex Salmond or Alistair Darling growing long, flowing locks and living out of a tour bus. I’ll work on finding a better analogy.
There is no doubt we’re in line for an action packed three and a half weeks, though, with plenty still to chew over.
It’s time to look forward to justified excitement, unjustified excitement, snarking, half-truths, misdirection, rallying cries galore and, as I’ve mentioned, lots and lots of travelling.
This is going to be great fun!