Yesterday, the Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond (leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party) announced plans for Scotland to separate from the United Kingdom by 2017 - making it the first time the SNP have publicly acknowledged a deadline for independence. Although it makes for great press coverage, I'm skeptical of the reality of a separate Scotland.
Despite voting for the SNP (Commonwealth citizens who reside in Scotland can vote), I'm a little weary of independence. Yes, it's true - I voted for them even though I wasn't that keen on Salmond; I think I was drawn in by the SNP's promise to scrap the bloody council tax (they have devised plans to freeze the rate for 3 years) and the (broken) promise to PAY OFF ALL STUDENT DEBTS.
And while the First Minister is right to point out that Scotland is home to 90% of North Sea oil, (which in effect would subsidise Scotland's independence), I'm just not sure that Mr. Salmond and his party will be in office long enough to lead our great small nation to independence. I don't know about you, but this student loan-ridden and council tax paying resident is pissed!
Read more: The Guardian has a funny and quirky take on the UK without Scotland.