Here’s a fun exercise: find yourself an English person and ask him what he thinks of Scottish independence. If he supports it, great, but you won’t find many of those.
If he opposes it, ask him why. I submit that you’d receive one of these two answers, and that both should convince the Scots to secede:
A. Scottish independence is bad for the UK. But why should a Scot care about the UK? Would you, as an individual, stay in an unhappy relationship because breaking it up would be bad for the other person?
B. Scottish independence is bad for Scotland. Need I even comment on that? Whenever someone tells you you need to stay with him because it’s good for you, it’s almost certainly bad for you. Imagine a husband who physically prevents his wife from leaving him because he claims that she’d be miserable without him, and you got the picture.
Secede, Scots. Don’t worry: you could still listen to Pink Floyd, play soccer, and read Dickens. You could adopt the Euro or create your own currency (I suggest the Rob Roy, which will equal 100 Humes). You could create your own bureaucratic socialist hell to match that of the English. You could put insane restrictions on freedom, liberty, immigration, business, porn, gambling, drugs, and every other aspect of human life, just like the rest of your European brethren. At least these will be your own stupid rules and regulations.