"I will campaign to keep the United Kingdom together with every fibre that I have."
Now why would he say that? If he really wishes Scotland to remain a part of the UK, why not simply let the many pro-union Scots get on with it? But no, he would prefer to provide an example of a metropolitan Tory target, seeking to dictate the future for a distant land, for the SNP to shoot at.
And does he really care? After all, he may be passing up an opportunity for the Tories to dominate the English landscape for the foreseeable future. And, provided there was an equitable distribution of the assets and liabilities (admittedly a big proviso), why would he object to Scotland going its own way if that is what we decided to do?