The GB Treasury has ratcheted up tensions once more by casting doubts on Scotland's continued use of Sterling post independence. This directly contradicts the view of the Scottish Government's Fiscal Commission Working Group which has concluded an independent Scotland could continue using Sterling without trouble.
The rhetoric by the Tory government also seems to fly in the face of historical precedence of former colonies continuing to use Pound Sterling after independence. Terrible that the English would resort to such lousy scare tactics.
BBC News - Scottish independence: Osborne and Alexander dismiss SNP currency planUK Chancellor George Osborne believes the SNP "are tying themselves in knots" over plans to retain the pound in the event of a yes to independence.
He insisted that a currency union could only work as part of a political and economic union.
Scotland's SNP government wishes to maintain sterling in the event of a yes vote in next September's referendum.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said keeping the pound was the "common sense position supported by the facts".
However, in a UK government article published on the HM Treasury website, Mr Osborne and his Treasury chief secretary, Danny Alexander, said the Nationalist plan "did not add up".
They write: "The conclusion is clear. The pound we share now works and it works well. Under independence all the alternatives are second best. So our question to the Nationalists - are you really saying second best is good enough for Scotland?"