A recent survey has been conducted that showed that Scottish people want to become independent from Britain (yeah, cos THAT was necessary). They want their own economy, they want their own armed forces, their own healthcare and education system, they want to have absolutely nothing to do with England or the English because, as everyone on the planet knows, they HATE us.
I know bugger all about economics, and very little about politics (clearly), but I can't help wondering: why don't we give it to them?
I like Scotland and Scottish people a great deal - despite the fact that they despise me and all my fellow countrymen - but it is my understanding that we (particularly those of us who live in London) pay rather a lot of money towards subsidising Scotland. The figures on this are not easily found, but what even Scottish politicians rarely dispute is that the Scottish enjoy a number of better living standards than the English, such as a considerably higher standard of secondary education. Moreover, Scotland (which last I knew, insisted that a whopping 85 per cent of its University students were drawn from within its own boundaries) is the only part of the United Kingdom that does not charge students for higher education, while their counterparts in Devon, Belfast and Swansea are busy working on their lifetime of debt.
Well now, I'm kind of old-fashioned in that I believe there should be one rule for all in a 'United' country, so I'm not best impressed by the fact that one group of people should live by considerably different rules to other people - particularly when the latter group is actually helping to pay for that difference in rules.
So for what it's worth, as a taxpayer, I'm more than happy for Scotland to go it alone. If they think they can live without me, I'm more than happy to live without them.
If nothing else, Scottish independence will mean that when Scotspeople the world over whinge endlessly about how hard done by they are, for the first time in hundreds of years, they won't be able to blame it on the English.