Over the past few days we've seen growing evidence of the unsustainable and shocking inequality that is flowing from the Westminster system. The Sunday Herald reports findings by economist Margaret Cuthbert which it describes in these stark terms: "The UK economy has become so 'dysfunctional' through mismanagement, free market excess and policies skewed towards London that Scotland needs independence to avoid being harmed any more by it".
In the Observer, Nick Cohen lifts the lid on the super-wealthy and the damage that economic policies skewed towards these very few are doing to the rest of us, the very many.
And, the UK Government's own Office of National Statistics has published a video showing that, when it comes to the sharing of our nation's wealth, Scotland sees disproportionately less benefit. We are at the bottom of the wealth distribution league, while coming close to the top for wealth generation.
These reports remind me of a story on the BBC website a few months back, which told us that in the UK there are no longer three social classes, but seven. All you need do to know your place is to fill in a few details about yourself online and it will tell you to which of the new classes you belong.
What the survey tells us is that there is a group at the top of society called the "elite" who are "most likely to be found in London and the home counties".
The Westminster system has been good to this slither of society and this 'elite' helps give life to a statistic that has been oft repeated in recent months: namely, that the UK is the fourth most unequal society in the developed world. What this means is that someone in this Westminster elite has to work only one day to earn what someone in the bottom fifth of society makes from working 7 whole days. That's right, one day compared to one week. As Sheffield academic Danny Dorling points out, in countries such as Sweden (and the other Scandinavian nations) the divide is narrower with those at the top on average only four times better off.
And what is the cost of this inequality? Essentially, most of us earn less than we should - and I'm talking three-quarters or more of us - the vast majority. We get less reward for our hard work. Our pension pots are smaller and our debt grows. Not a good mix for our financial wellbeing, but inequality has a toxic consequence beyond our wallets, purses and pockets.
The groundbreaking book, the Spirit Level, sets out a more tragic impact of inequality on our society. It takes ten key measures of health and wellbeing, and demonstrates that having inequality at UK or US levels means, to give just one stark example, that we die younger than we should. Just think about that for a moment.
The same academics look at the impact on our children and, taking 40 measures in UNICEF's index of child wellbeing, show that inequality at UK levels consigns our children to a position at the very bottom of the table, with the worst - I repeat worst - wellbeing outcomes of any of the advanced economies. This isn't just the poorest children, although they bear the brunt. The impact is felt by children across the social spectrum.
At the same time as the BBC was reporting the existence of this new 'elite', we saw what was called "windfall day" for over quarter of a million top tax payers. They are benefiting, on average, to the tune of £10,000 each from Westminster cuts to the highest rate tax band. Over ten thousand of the very wealthiest are benefiting from this change by an average of £100,000. And, the £1 billion or so that these most privileged members of the 'elite' will gain, will be made up from two particularly odious 'savings', if I can call them that. The £500 million cut in council tax benefit that will impact on hundreds of thousands of families in England (but thanks to joint action by COSLA and the Scottish Government, families in Scotland will be protected) and the £500 million bedroom tax.
And all this, from a government at Westminster that Scotland roundly rejected in the polls. What we are witnessing is shameful.
The idea that somehow, given all this, we are 'Better Together' is preposterous. The very thought should stick in our collective craw. More like No Better Together (to borrow a phrase).
There is a through the looking glass quality to the No campaign's arguments: to one audience, their Chair, Alistair Darling, describes what is going on as "dismantling the support millions depend on", something that is doing "immeasurable"
damage, with economic policies that are "utterly mad", and yet in Scotland the No campaign describes this as the "best of both worlds".
The No campaign's very name is based on the most glaring of falsehoods, namely that the Westminster system is working for all of us, equally. That somehow we are 'all in it together', the worker in Glasgow looking out for the worker in Newcastle, Cardiff or Belfast. But that is a cruel deceit - a deceit perpetrated not only on Scotland but on the people of the north of England, Northern Ireland and Wales, who are being called in aid to protect the power and privileges of that gilded elite.
I'm sure the Westminster elite would love us to fall for that line, while the wealth of those at the top of society, i.e. themselves, grows ever faster and whole swathes of the north and west of England deal with the consequences of a brutal economic decline. How they must laugh as Scottish Labour - yes, Scottish Labour - politicians do their work for them. Better together... more like Inequality UK, and it's not OK.
But, here's the truth. The result which those at the heart of the Westminster system fear most in 2014 is not a No vote. It is a Yes, as former Labour Chancellor, Dennis Healey, recently confirmed, admitting that "they are worried stiff about it".
In UK political terms, it is David Cameron who would be the beneficiary of a No. Putting it another way, a Scottish Yes will destroy any chance of a Tory victory in 2015. The PM who couldn't keep his country together, if he survives the undoubted calls for his resignation, will be easy pickings for Mr Miliband and his team.
And so a Scottish Yes creates a moment of opportunity across these isles. A Yes will shake the very foundations of this rotten system, opening the door for a more progressive English Labour agenda (if they have the courage), delivering what is perhaps a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the people of England to reclaim their country and put it on a better path.
I wish them every success.
Westminster is not working for Scotland; that much is without doubt. And so it is time we moved on.
We face a democratic deficit where elections are decided by 100 or so constituencies in the south and Midlands, and the votes of millions elsewhere are, in effect, meaningless. And in Scotland we have foisted on us a Tory government the vast majority of us roundly and absolutely rejected. I won't even get into cash for access or cash for questions: the Westminster rot extends way beyond that.
We face social inequality at levels not seen since the time of Dickens, according to Danny Dorling. In his words, a 'new gilded age', with the few growing wealthier, faster - fed by a greed that is off the scale.
We live in a country that is becoming dangerously imbalanced, in social and economic terms, to such an extent that over the period of the greatest economic crisis for a century, one part of the country (London) added quarter of a million jobs while the rest of the country saw jobs fall by the same.
Earlier I said that the UK sat at the top of the league for inequality and, as a result, had among the poorest social, health and wellbeing outcomes. It won't come as any surprise to most of you to know the nations whose results are the other way around - top for wellbeing and bottom for inequality. They are small, northern European countries, of about five million people . . . Denmark, Finland, Norway and, slightly bigger, Sweden.
We can't become like Norway or Denmark overnight. But we can decide to set ourselves on that path. However, to begin that journey does require one first step - a Yes to independence.
Without that Yes we simply won't have the powers we need to pull our country back into a decent shape or to create the fairer, more equal society that all the evidence tells us will deliver prosperity in its fullest meaning. So lets have full powers for a purpose: and what greater purpose can there be, for ourselves and for our families, to make Scotland the sort of flourishing, fair and over-achieving country we all know it should be.