There is a parliamentary election in Scotland on May 3. That election can truly have far-reaching implications as it sems that the hitherto opposition-party SNP may well be in place to form the next government in Scotland. They will certainly become the largest party in the Scottish parliament. SNP has promised to hold a referendum on the issue of Scottish independence if they get to power in Edinburgh.
The current first minister of Scotland(the title of prime minister is reserved for heads of government of independent countries) Jack McConnell has emphasized the importance of constuctive co-operation across the border. His Lab-Libdem coalition has been in power ever since devolution was inroduced in 1997.
I am fully in favour of the thought of an independent Scotland. Please, Scottish people, do it. If there is an independent Ireland there is no excuse for there not being an independent Scotland. The fact that Scotland and England share the relatively smaal island is no excuse for a Scottish independence.
Independent Scotland, yes, but only in the case the majority of Scottish voters so wish at a referendum. If they decline such an alternative, they well deserve their fate as being subject to the English whims. Rejecting independence would be downright stupidity on the part of the Scottish people.
Take Ireland for an examle. Under the UK that region could not even dream of such economic well-being as it currently does. There is no reason to believe that as an independent country Scotland would not be like Ireland. Under the English rule Scotland is forever destined to an underdeveloped part of Britain. Things don`t have to be that way.
Perhaps an independent Scotland would become a very close associate to the Nordic countries and even become a member of the Nordic-council. But however, be a nation, be like grown-up people do and become independent. The London-subsidies may end but you can easily do without them.