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Scotland pays its way in the Union - it's time the London commentariat acknowledged that.
I see what you've done there, 'wee Alec' , very clever. Salmond is waiting for the full unpleasantness of this right wing government to hit home before asking the question. Strangely the SNP are sticking with their manifesto commitment to hold a referendum in the second half of the parliament.
It's a little opportunistic of the SNP but entirely sensible if you think about it. The majority of England seem to want right wing politics whilst Scotland does not. Dissatisfaction will probably peak in 2-3 years giving the SNP the best chance of victory.
English attacking for Oil, what nationality do you think Tony Blair is? he's Scottish as is John Reid, "just a littlr tiding up job in Helmand."
Get your facts right before you lable the English as warmongers.
Or even label,by the way how much more oil will you be drilling for to pay for the extra £16 million on on top of your NHS debts revealed by your NHS cash flow report.
Yeah I agree and you did not mention the historical transfer of wealth from North to South either. Scotland would probably be better off. For us sassenachs however I think it might get even worse. Still, if we keep on voting for versions of Mrs T I can't blame them for wanting out. Maybe a successful social democracy to the north might be a useful example? One slight sleight of hand in the article - oil revenues while you might say they were morally Scottish would not be handed over easily by any english negotiator.
I won't sit back when a person brands my country just as you probaably wouldn't, we've never started an "oil War".
I am more than happy for Scotland to have its' "Indepenfence" in fact so are most of the rest of England. I want to be a good neighbour to Wales and Northern Ireland as well, I merely want for independence for England as well!
Scotland has a long history of rejecting Tory agendas. The more English Dave and his Eton cronies argue against independince the more the Scots will spit in their faces and vote for it.
@Stuart Eels: You betray yourself with your own negative words.
@Flashbuck: You obviously didn't read the part of the article which dealt with banking, so go and read the article again.
"Scotland wouldn't have to pay all of RBS is that is was traded on the London Stock Exchange and did most of its business in London"
Where a companies shares are traded or even where it makes most of its money is not really relevant. Many foreign companies are listed on the London stock exchange because its the most important in the world. But that doesn't mean they are British companies, or make the British government responsible for them.
Taking the Icelandic route of not paying for liabilities means potentially becoming an international pariah and being sued by foreign governments through the international courts or through EFTA, as Iceland has been.
James Maxwell is a Scottish political journalist. He is based between Scotland and London.