Cameron and Miliband do battle against rising Yes tide

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Today we looked at a man who knows that his tombstone may read "the prime minister who presided over the break-up of Britain".

We listened to a man whose voice began to break as he made a plea for Scotland to stay.

David Cameron said he cared more about his country than his party and signalled where he thinks his duty will lie if Scots ignore his pleas - "as prime minister," he said, "if you make the decision to go it alone I will help".

Down the road in Glasgow the other man who should have been at Prime Minister's Questions, Ed Miliband, said he had come to fight for fairness, justice and equality which were, he said, best achieved together rather than apart.

They are up against the seemingly ever onward march of Yes - a campaign that has tapped into a well of optimism that Scotland can be a fairer and better country at the same time as channelling the anger of voters with what they see as an out-of-touch political elite.

Alex Salmond - the man who knows that his epitaph could be the founding father of Scottish independence - claimed that today had pitched "Team Scotland" against "Team Westminster".

He knows one other thing though - there are two Team Scotlands who are battling it out to score a winner in the closing moments of a gripping game.

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