Scotland needs to move on, not continually look back. This means getting on with focusing on the things that really matter to people.
A strong NHS we can trust to look after ourselves and our loved ones. An education system which ensures opportunity for all, enough college places to produce skilled workers for Scotland’s economy, and a Scottish Government which allows our universities to retain their world class reputation.
A justice system which keeps dangerous people behind bars, rehabilitates properly, and puts the needs and interests of victims well ahead of those of criminals.
And a business environment that encourages entrepreneurism and creates growth to help the economy.
None of this can be guaranteed by independence, and indeed – as we know from the evidence submitted in the lead up to last year’s referendum – much of it would be jeopardised. So quite why the SNP sees a rerun of the vote as such an immediate concern is beyond me.
If the Scottish Government had put as much energy into those above topics as it did to trying to break up the UK, the picture north of the border would be much more impressive.
The attainment gap in schools would be closing, hospitals would be better staffed and hitting targets, and perhaps Police Scotland would have worked out some of the issues which have bedevilled the force this year with such tragic consequences.
The referendum was important, of course it was. But it was last year’s event. The votes were cast and the outcome was decisive.
Now we need to focus on the powers Holyrood does have to make real improvements, as well as coming up with a plan for what to do with the raft of new powers coming the Scottish Parliament’s way in the form of the Scotland Bill.
That’s what voters want to see, not a rematch of something that was settled clearly and decisively just 12 months ago.
Ruth Davidson is leader of the Scottish Conservatives