Stonemasons have begun reparation work to Hadrian's wall this week, under the guise of conserving the most popular tourist destination in the north of England.
Whilst this may seem like a valid justification for such works, there have been several claims that reinforcing the wall is proof of MPs fixing the outcome of the Scottish Independence Referendum due to be held in 2014.
'Do they think we're stupid?' Says Willie McNoo, 43, from Fort William, 'I know exactly what's going on. They've fixed our guaranteed independence, and that's why they're rebuilding the wall; so they can lump us Scots together with the most undesirable parts of England. Who's even heard of Dudley?'
Audrey Willburn, 76, from Morpeth agrees. 'I don't want to be forced to eat deep fried mars bars for breakfast and learn all of the words to Auld Lang Syne,' she says, fighting back the tears, 'why not spend a little bit more money, and build a new wall along the actual border?'
Scottish first minister Alex Salmond vehemently denies the allegations.
'These claims are ridiculous and unfounded. I don't even particularly want to address them, to be honest,' says the politician, 'the referendum in 2014 will follow democratic procedure, and it will be for the scottish people to decide how we will identify as a nation.'
Although the allegations appear at first glance to have no empirical basis, they come to light in the same week as the discovery of a report into solving the housing crisis. The report was discovered in a London Starbucks, next to a cup that reads 'Nikk Clagg', and appears to contain plans for extensive development of one and two bed properties in Dudley.