David Cameron said yesterday: “It is my duty to be clear about the likely consequences of a Yes vote. Independence would not be a trial separation. It would be a painful divorce.”
In his analogy, Scotland is one side of a partnership; the rest of the UK makes up the other side. A Yes vote for independence would amount to Scotland walking away from the relationship, divorcing the rest of the UK in a permanent separation.
Yet the divorce analogy is also directly applicable to the ongoing campaign. Yes and No closely resemble a divorcing couple, with Scotland caught in the middle of a messy series of arguments.