With the loss of the referendum, it’s likely that the Scottish Government will now abandon the consultation on the development of a Scottish constitution. They don’t need to do that. Constitutions are not only needed for independent countries. Any corporate organisation which wishes to specify its governance and source of authority can benefit from a constitution: charities, religious bodies and voluntary organisations commonly have one. The primary purpose of a constitution is to identify the principles according to which an organisation or authority is to be governed, the institutions through which it will be done and the rules through which governance will take place. Those issues are all relevant to the governance of Scotland, whether or not it is an independent country.