As Andrew McCann commented previously, the Scottish Nationalist Party has unveiled plans that could pave the way for the break-up of the Union with the rest of the United Kingdom. (No surprise there then – although one must also reflect on Northern Ireland First Minister Dr Ian Paisley’s admiration for Alex Salmond!) But what interests me is that this statement comes in the wake of a YouGov opinion poll showing a significant drop in public backing in Scotland for independence. Paradoxically, the same survey showed growing support for the party led by Mr Salmond whose political honeymoon north of the border has mirrored Gordon Brown’s across Britain as a whole. Mr Salmond has also been helped by signs of disarray within the Scottish Labour Party. It seems the Scots love the idea of being independent but resile from the reality of it. I don’t blame them – without the powerhouse southern English economy, poor old Scotland and its junkie like reliance on the State would find the high(land) life not quite so easy to fund. So Salmond and his ilk can continue to dream of the unreachable goal - the crown in the pocket is what makes the Union secure.
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