I think it would be a huge mistake to dissolve the union. We are more than the sum or our parts. However because of the devolution of power to the national assemblies it's only a matter of time before an English parliament is formed then there will be a break up of the UK.
We are indeed greater than the sum of our parts, and this is especially true of the military that defends those parts. Where would we be without the fighting Jocks, the singing Taff, the loyal Irish or the perfidious English?
We are a Union of peoples that are varied and colourful and to break up such a union for the sake of some low life politicians who want to cram in the very last vote is a terrible loss to us all.
The causes that brought the Union about may not have been the most righteous, true, but we have benefited enormously for having been brought together.
Would the Scottish people be any better off with the loss of collaboration between our people? I don't think so.
For those that approve of the dissolution of the Union, what do you hope to gain? You swap one bunch of self-serving rulers for another. You are still ruled in the same fashion at the end of the day, so where is the benefit?
Exactly - firm but fair to all. An equal opportunities oppressor.
Just what we need right now. There's a dreadful irony to Gordon beginning to realise that his (wrongful) inheritance is in danger of falling apart. It's ironic because his party allowed the UK to fractate into obscure hobbyist neighbourhoods. What next - freedom for the pastie?
Bring it all back together (except for the NI franchise).
You point out my lack of knowledge. Edward longshanks held only certain areas of Scotland for a relatively short amount of time. At no point in time was it complete or total control over the country. If you only want the Union to last say.... 13 years with a hell of a lot of civil war and infighting, then yes read up on the man.
Fair point, separate armies, navies and air forces then, but I may allow them to share my head of state. Irrespective of the finer details, they are not getting independence unless they take Swiss Tony and Cnut chops Brown back. We will formally exile them.
How will the scots afford to build their own forces? Maybe we can do a lend/lease like the septics did - they'd be paying us back for hundreds of years for all the old sh1te we've been mothballing.
There's another thing; will we have to defend the jocks if Guernsey tries to invade them?