"However much Euro-enthusiasts wish it were otherwise, the craving for lower tier self-government refuses to die. Indeed, it is booming. In Scandinavia, Italy, Spain, even the UK, concession after concession is made to devolutionary sentiment. It is made with a patronising nod at the parish-pump quaintness of separatist leaders, dubbed populist, extremist or right-wing, never just democratic......Countries dissolve when the political logic that held them together dissolves. There is no reason why an independent Flanders should not be as resilient as Slovakia, Slovenia, Ireland or the Baltic states. Bigness is no guarantee of prosperity, usually the opposite. Big statism is a hangover from 20th-century imperialism and the needs of perpetual war."Sooner or later, Scotland will force independence, probably after having screwed a few billions more out of England first. Why not save the money, face the inevitable and let her go sooner (though preferably not during the reign of our sovereign lady). At a time when the oil price and north sea investment have tanked and global whisky sales are down 30%, a clean break could be the making of Scotland. It will require poverty amongst its people, austerity on a scale never imagined, Scots being turned away from Northern hospitals unless they can pay and Scots immigration to the richer areas of Europe such as Romania - but should they stick it, they will have their pride and freedom to keep them warm.
Friday, 3 April 2015
Time for Scotland to go?
I am reading Simon Jenkins in the Guardian this morning, writing in accidental juxtaposition to accounts of Nicola Sturgeon's success in last night's debate.