There's a suggestion here: http://www.newstatesman.com/2009/06/brown-labour-minister that Brown might try to hold a referendum on Scottish independence on the same day as the General Election, to force down the SNP vote. "Meanwhile, a separate idea, bold if controversial, is quietly being considered for the same election day: a referendum in Scotland on independence. This reflects a rueful and secretly held sense among some in New Labour that devolution was a mistake which emboldened nationalists and strengthened the hand of Alex Salmond, the Scottish National Partyâs leader and Scotlandâs First Minister. Brown has long fretted about British identity and about how people increasingly define themselves as English, Welsh and Scottish, rather than as British. A referendum would call the Nationalistsâ bluff. It would be a high-risk strategy. But Brown would be gambling on the majority of Scots who continue to recognise that the social, economic and political union remains much more than the sum of its parts. " Using the words 'Brown' and 'gambling' in the same sentence seems to be the triumph of hope over experience, but it is from the New Statesman. It just set me thinking; is the decision on the Trident replacement being delayed until we all know whether there will be a UK for it to protect?