Why should other nations free-ride on the work of British boffins? That at least is the reasoning behind the latest ratchet in the war of words against Scottish independence, with a reminder that after independence Scotland would either need to start it's own Met Office or go without weather. BBC viewers will have been familiar with the way in which Ireland has lived without having any weather for many years;
And not only weather. Passports, driving licenses, financial regulation and customs and border control. New stamps with thistles and a new Scots poond at parity with the Euro will be needed. With a way to go until the poll, expect much more of the same.