Following the victory of the SNP and Alex Salmond becoming first minister of the Scotland - their has been much speculation about the future direction of the SNP government - steam rolling Scotland towards independence by the end of the decade. A recent public opinion poll carried out in Scotland confirmed - the majority of Scots no longer feel much affinity to the United Kingdom or being British and the same poll reckoned that most Scots are of the opinion that Scotland will be an independent country by 2010. For many of us on this forum - this should come as no surprise and perhaps a natural development bearing in mind the UK would only be following the natural evolution of nation states in Europe where over the past 100 years alone - countries have merged - only to be broken up into separate nation states later. Of course the home nations of England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland have always had a head start with separate football teams, rugby teams, etc. Then of course the English have really taken the flag of St George to their hearts and have no inhibitions to flying the red cross of St George in preference to the Union Jack which has nose dived in popularity over recent years. Finally the British army has not been immune to the rising tide of nationalism within her forces with newspaper pics of regiments like the Welsh Guards? flying Welsh flags from their tanks in Iraq. Not that I'm against that sort of thing at all - but it does beggar the question. The obvious question being - where do your loyalties lie if the United Kingdom should breakup like the Soviet Union did in the 1990's - how should the armed forces of the United Kingdom be divided up between say England and Scotland and will the Scots be entitled to a fair share of the UK's Royal naval ships when she finally becomes independent.