The really sad thing here is that Alex Salmond is probably correct - Scotland probably is in for at least a generation of poisonously stupid, hyper-partisan politics.
The Scottish Parliament had a good, long run at doing what it was intended to do - keep the NHS ticking over, empty the bins, scrutinise legislation, keep the law up-to-date and so on and so forth. For more than ten years, MSPs toiled away doing all the dull but necessary work to keep the buses running and suchlike that theoretically, we all want them to do.
It was stupendously boring, of course, because emptying the bins is boring, and it was certainly never perfect or glamorous. It's difficult to stoke high drama out of yearly audits of NHS trusts etcetera, because it's almost impossible to turn them into ferocious toe-to-toe confrontations with the Satanic forces of opposition bastardry. It was a small politics of small people, which you would think might befit a small nation.
But politicians quietly and effectively managing the nation's affairs clearly wasn't enough for us. Where was the nerve-jangling tension? Many of us clearly wanted more excitement and engagement.
Italy has exciting politics. The United States is filled with people who are very, very engaged indeed. Very little of value gets done by either nation's ruling class, of course, because there's little time for getting the bins emptied when all parties are so busy sharpening their wedge issues.
And clearly and unambiguously, this is what many of us have long wanted for Scotland, and now we'll have it. Where once there were tedious committee meetings on civil law reform, we shall now have nonsense declarations in defence of public services that everyone understands are not actually threatened. Where once there were slow, soporific sessions on the budgetary implications of whatever, we shall now have relentless, boiling accusations of treason and villainy.
It took us around fifteen years to get to this point, and I'd advise you to keep this moment in mind. Years down the line, when we're all whining about our broken political system and complaining about negative, attack-only politics, we may come to realise that this was the moment that we voluntarily and gladly chose to adopt it.
Ten years from now, let's not have any whingeing about how our politicians filled our national assembly with super-partisan nonsense about nothing. All they're doing is selling a poor product to the public, and it's us that's buying it.
We're in charge, remember. If we've decided that what we want is flag-waving, throat-slitting wedge issue stupidity then by God, we are all going to get it, good and hard.