Similarly, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has partly made the case for a "Yes" vote being about ridding Scotland of Conservative government.
And his deputy, Nicola Sturgeon, has accused PM David Cameron of "struggling to locate that part of his anatomy" which would see him go head-to-head with Mr Salmond in a TV debate. (Ms Sturgeon's advisers assured me at the time she was referring to the prime ministers "guts". Or lack of)
Claim and counterclaim
Scotland's economic health has been a hot topic in the campaign
How much better off will people in Scotland be? Will public services be better or worse? What does Scotland need to be an international player?
These are all questions the two sides have sought to answer with a dazzling array of figures.
And not content with punting their own views, the two sides resorted to attacking each other for dodgy sums.
Mr Salmond said the Treasury's calculations had been "blown to smithereens" because they'd already been caught cooking the books, while Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander accused SNP ministers of offering voters a "bogus bonus" because their version hadn't taken all the factors into account.
Expect plenty more stats chat in the weeks ahead, as the campaigns continue to seek to put forward their economic arguments.
The prospect of a stronger Scotland within the UK has formed a key part of their argument, but the SNP government has questioned their ability to deliver and says the nation needs real independence.
'Mibbes Aye, Mibbes Naw'
Both sides of the campaign have been going after undecided voters
If you are an undecided voter, the campaign machines are coming your way.
Those who have yet to decide whether their "X" is going beside "Yes" or "No" are hugely influential because they're open to persuasion - and polling data for the last few months indicates "don't knows" make up anywhere between 12% and 29% of the electorate.
Supporters of the Union have also looked to history.
During a time which has seen big world war commemoration events, David Cameron used a conference speech to pay tribute to a Scottish ancestor, Captain John Geddes who died in battle in 1915, but showed "extraordinary heroism" in representing Britain standing together "when the chips were down".
And what might the two sides of the campaign make of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, being held this summer in Glasgow?
It is one of those international events in which Scotland competes in its own right.
But if you're heading to any sporting events in Glasgow between the end of July and the start of August, expect to at least see a few Yes Scotland and Better Together flyers.
Barack Obama made an unexpected intervention in the debate over Scotland's future
As one-time US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld once noted: "There are known knowns, there are things that we know that we know. We also know there are known unknowns, that is to say we know there are some things we do not know.
"But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know."
The referendum campaigns may well be planning every last second of their strategies, but not knowing who might be next to put their head above the parapet will keep them on their toes right up until polling day.
British national Shahryar Ahmad was living with his mother and brother in Faisalabad when he was taken from outside the family home on 21 August.
His father Iftikhar Ahmad, who runs a business in Stirling, wants the British government to intervene.
The Foreign Office said it is aware of the case.
Alasdair Macleod: I vaguely knew Jim Murphy a lifetime ago when he was involved in the National Union of Students in Edinburgh. He was a self-important, all-talk so-&-so back then and I've seen nothing to suggest he's changed now. People like Jim Murphy are the reason why I will probably never vote Labour again.
Andy Murray needs one more win to reach the ATP tennis finals. The Scot leads Grigor Dimitrov by three games to one in the first set. Follow his Paris Masters match here.
Drivers staying for up to 10 minutes at the Aberdeen International Airport forecourt are to be charged £1.
The forecourt is currently marked as 'drop-off only' and the airport said the new charge is being implemented in an attempt to tackle "congestion and safety concerns".
Drivers wanting to stay for more than 10 minutes will be advised to use the short stay car park.
Lady's Tree at the Loch of the Lowes nature reserve near Dunkeld triumphed in a public vote against five other contenders.
Do you agree? What is your favourite tree? Let us know by email.
The winners of the Trail UK Mountain Photo of the Year competition have been announced.
Run by outdoor pursuits magazine Trail, the entries included photographs from the Scottish Highlands and the Brecon Beacons.
Ross Campbell, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Glasgow, won the competition's top award with his image on a wild camping trip in Glen Cononish in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
Pupils and parents have marched in protest about the proposed closure of a village primary school in Moray.
Plans are in place to merge Findochty Primary School with another school in Portknockie, Portessie or Cullen, as part of a 10-year improvement plan.
Members of the Findochty community marched along the High Street in Elgin and presented a petition to the council.
Councillors will discuss the plans early next month.
Four people have escaped from a house fire in South Ayrshire.
Emergency services were called to the blaze at the mid-terrace house in the Dundonald area at 03:17 on Thursday.
Firefighters and paramedics treated the four people at the scene before crews, wearing breathing apparatus, entered the building and extinguished the fire.
The cause of the blaze is not yet known and will be the subject of an investigation by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
Two men and a woman are in hospital after a four-vehicle crash on the A1 in East Lothian.
The casualties have been taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with minor injuries following the crash at 07:30 near Tranent.
It is understood a car hit another vehicle while joining the A1 from a slip road, which caused it to hit another car at Bankton Junction.
The third car then hit a van, which spun out of control and into a ditch.
And a council tourism study found a further £800,000 was spent elsewhere in Scotland.
A report on the event's impact will be presented to Stirling Council's community and regeneration committee next month.
Mark: Jim Murphy showed not only by what he said but what he did, during the referendum that he loved Scotland. This protected us from separation which would have weakened us. He can stand up to the SNP I'm sure.
Neil in Troon: Mr Murphy will eventually have to get elected to Holyrood. I wonder how straight forward that will be?
David, Perth: The NHS in Scotland will never improve until the standard of manager in it does. It is led by former nurses who have reached the top of their pay scale. They then surround themselves with another management layer beneath them by plucking the best charge nurses off the wards leaving them short of experience on the ground. These people are not the brightest visionaries in the world. Three O-Grades would get them into the nursing. Change therefore is very slow as there are so many layers to go through before any decisions are made or effected.
Ayr's Gaiety Theatre, Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh and Wigtown Book Festival are among the arts organisations being given regular funding by Creative Scotland for the first time.
A total of 119 groups across the country were successful in their bids following an open application process.
But there were 145 failed bids, including ones from the Scottish Youth Theatre and Aberdeen's Sound Festival.
Creative Scotland allocated £100m as part of its Regular Funding programme.
Alex Salmond pays tribute to his "spirited opponent" during FMQs and former Scottish Labour Party leader Johann Lamont, wishing her well for the future.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson also pays tribute, saying she is grateful for her "leadership role in the Better Together campaign".
Tony, Glasgow: Some perspective, around 700,00 hospital admissions related to alcohol compared to 608 cannabis admissions.
First Minister's Questions is about to get under way at Holyrood. Follow live text coverage here.
Four men are expected to appear in court after a cannabis haul with a street value of up to £1.8m was found in a disused Borders pub.
Officers swooped on the former Queens Head Inn in Selkirk on Tuesday.
They seized about 2,000 plants with a potential value of between £700,000 and £1.8m as well as various items of "cultivation equipment".
Police Scotland confirmed four men had been arrested and were expected to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court.
The case of an operator of an award-winning Dumfries restaurant who is accused of sexual harassment and assaulting his staff has been continued.
Robert McAleese, 38, is standing trial at Dumfries Sheriff Court.
He denies six charges which date from between November 2011 and July last year at the Little Italy restaurant.
The trial has been told that former waitresses had been "shocked and disgusted" at some of the remarks made.
Firefighters led a woman to safety and a man was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a flat in Inverness on Wednesday.
The fire started in the kitchen of one of eight flats in a two-storey block in Hilton at 23:25.
Three appliances from Inverness went to the scene and firefighters in breathing apparatus used hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.
Jim, Helensburgh: Cannabis is safer than caffeine. To suggest it should be illegal because some use tobacco to aid smoking is ludicrous as that's a legal substance being blamed for health issues related to cannabis. The figures are fudged as other substances would be involved and this smacks of the old 1930's so are stories from the American bible belt who are making it legal after thousands of studies found it safe with many health benefits. It is also believed to be a cure for cancer. Not to mention the billions spent policing this and crooked dealers getting rich. Time to legalise and try to switch people off the real problem, alcohol.
David in Glasgow: Jim Murphy is a self-serving politician, has never shown any interest whatsoever in Holyrood and his 100 days tour was just a vanity trip. In all his time as an MP why has he never went on a tour of 100 streets in Scotland to highlight the needless poverty people have to live in? He is a champagne socialist, just like quite a lot of the Labour Party.
Derek Fraser: I've been a smoker of cannabis for over 20 years. I have a job, mortgage, marriage and kids, all perfectly normal and well adjusted. We don't drink in my house or partake in chemical abuse. Due to my cannabis use I have been criminalised since the age of 18.
"The Scottish Labour Party takes so many of its own decisions but I want to do more than that," he added.
Jim Murphy (right) "I've got sharp enough elbows"
"I want to devolve and have a more autonomous Scottish Labour Party. I'm very clear after the controversy we have had over the last few weeks: if I am the leader of the Scottish Labour Party, I will hire and fire whoever I want in our team.
"I am big enough, I am ugly enough, I have been around long enough, I have got sharp enough elbows; no one will tell me what to do if I am Scottish Labour Party leader."
Scottish Labour leader candidate Jim Murphy wants to bottle the "passion and determination" that was demonstrated by Scots during the referendum campaign.
"We should use that energy from the referendum to try to solve some of the problems we do have in Scotland: health inequality, problems in housing, how do we improve our schools, how do we make sure young people get a chance to have a career?" he added.
"I am determined to bring the Labour Party together and end the period of self-harm we have had in the Scottish Labour Party and get on and improve our country."
Jim Murphy, speaking to the BBC's James Cook, says he is "proud of the Scottish Labour Party and proud of Scotland but I am not satisfied".
He added: "There is so much that has to change about the Labour party and so much has to change about our country.
"I am standing, not just to be the Scottish Labour leader - which would be a privilege in itself - but I am standing to be a candidate for first minister."
Mr Murphy, shadow Secretary of State for International Development, has joined MSPs Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack in the contest to be the new leader of Scottish Labour.
Contractors hope to clear the remaining debris from a 2,000 tonne landslip on the A83 and reopen the road at the Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll.
On Radio Scotland's Morning Call, there has been a discussion about cannabis as statistics show that the number of people taken to hospital because of the drug is at a record high.
Derek: I've been a smoker of cannabis for over 20 years. I have a job, mortgage, marriage and kids - all perfectly normal and well adjusted. We don't drink in my house or partake in chemical abuse. Due to my cannabis use, I have been criminalised since age of 18.
H in Edinburgh: They have banned smoking in public areas yet people want cannabis legalised. I'd rather stand beside a smoker than a drug taker. Cannabis has ruined one of son's lives and nearly my other son. Hate it. It scares me.
It is a big day for the Scotland Women football team. Tonight, they take on the Netherlands in the World Cup play-off semi-final second-leg.
NAB said it was looking at all options for the future of the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banking division.
The news came as the Melbourne-based bank announced a fall in profits, due mainly to problems at its UK operation.
Artefacts from a museum in Belgium are to form part of a series of exhibitions recalling the high number of Hebridean lives lost in the First World War.
Of more than 6,500 men from Lewis, an isle with a population of fewer than 30,000 at the time, 1,151 of them were killed on active service. It was one of the highest proportions of any community in the UK.
Iain in Perth: Last season's Hearts-Inverness League Cup semi-final was truly remarkable. The Highlanders were losing 2-1 and down to nine men, but they equalised with the last kick, survived extra time and won it on penalties despite missing the first one. A particularly bad day for the Hearts player who had been high-fiving fans when going to take a corner in injury time!
What do you think was the best ever cup match? Did a late goal rescue you from the depths of despair behind your seat/couch?
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Somers will oversee the recruitment of a new chief executive and finance director following the departures of Graham Wallace and Philip Nash.
The announcement comes after Somers' talks with Mike Ashley's associates Derek Llambias and Barry Leach.
John Guidetti is the talk of the town after scoring a hat-trick against Partick Thistle, while former Rangers midfielder Ray Wilkins believes the club's fans should be happy to have Mike Ashley involved at Ibrox.
Meanwhile, one Scotland international believes former SFA performance director Mark Wotte will receive the credit he deserves in years to come.
Stewart Watson, Milngavie: The underfunding of the NHS is a deliberate UK govt tactic in preparation for privatisation. They did it to British Gas, British Rail and Royal Mail. When the company struggles, the story is put out that the way to save it is to sell it off. If we don't wake-up, we will lose the NHS.
John: If people demand more NHS then they can pay more tax - I suggest by putting a £1 on a bottle of alcohol to go direct to NHS - or £1 on fatty foods - tax on the things that tend to put people in hospital - tobacco already taxed this way.
The relief on Jackie McNamara's face was clear to see after his Dundee United side defeated Hibs in the League Cup.
United triumphed over the Edinburgh team after a thrilling penalty shoot-out.
Murray, who is fifth in the race to qualify for November's finals, outclassed his French opponent in 71 minutes to reach the third round.
The Scot, who has won three titles in five weeks, will face Grigor Dimitrov - who beat Murray at Wimbledon - later today. You can listen to commentary of the match on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from 13:00.
Jim Murphy will stress he'll be in charge of hiring and firing and the issues of powers for the Scottish Parliament and endorsing perhaps a more ambitious scheme.
I think he'll argue across the spectrum of the party more generally and will argue that he's built a reputation as an MP, parliamentarian and as a member of the party for standing up for the rights of the Scottish people.
But he'll be a figure of some suspicion for some on the Left, particularly the larger trade unions.
Edinburgh - Newbridge- E/B A8 - all lanes open - was a breakdown just after lights at the M9 exit slip at J1 newbridge - but u are slow.
Good morning, Kirsteen here. A cloudy, mild start, with outbreaks of rain. Improving in the east, with bright/sunny spells. Highs 15C. Breezy.
Scottish Labour leadership contest now a three-horse race. Political Editor Brian Taylor #bbcgms 0810.
The MP Jim Murphy has confirmed he will stand for the leadership of the Labour Party in Scotland.
Mr Murphy, who represents East Renfrewshire at Westminster, has told BBC Scotland of his intention and will make a formal announcement today.
The shadow Secretary of State for International Development joins MSPs Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack in the contest.
Mr Murphy told the BBC he was seeking a "fresh start for Scotland and the Labour Party".
The contest was sparked after leader of nearly three years, Johann Lamont, resigned last Friday.
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