Like a lot of the media, The Telegraph is painting the prospect of a decisive win for SNP in Scotland on May 3rd as a precursor to the the break up of the United Kingdom.
But perhaps most importantly, a decisive victory for the SNP could lead to the break-up of the historic Union. Scotland is witnessing potentially the bloodiest and keenest contest. Every seat on the Holyrood Parliament is up for grabs.
It won't happen. Scotland voting for independence and causing the break-up of the Union, that is. I'm pretty sure the SNP will win and win big in Scotland, but I do not believe that Salmond is serious about taking Scotland out of the United Kingdom. He doesn't need to. Scotland now benefits enormously through the Union and most of the people of Scotland recognise that. An independent Scotland could not sustain it's current level of public sector employment and spending without the assistance of English taxpayers.
Sure, it would continue to receive plenty of funds from England via the EU, but nowhere near the level it currently gets. I also find it incredible that any politician can claim they want "independence" and yet remain committed to the European Union. It's a funny kind of independence that allows another government in another country staffed by foreigners to dictate your laws and regulations.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
Personally, I won't be too sorry if the SNP do break up the Union. Yes, it will be a little bit sad to see the end of Britain, but I'm all for being in a proper independent nation - and that means withdrawal from the EU. I don't really mind if that is as Britain or as England, but I believe that as long as England and Scotland remain tied together withdrawal form the EU will not happen - but if Scotland does leave the Union I believe this will present England with a unique opportunity to get that independence.
I look forward to the day when I can breathe once more as a citizen of a proper independent nation. I look forward to being able to hand on that birthright to my kids. I look forward to the day when we, as a nation, can make our own decisions about everything. Perhaps then we'll regain some pride, spirit and backbone as a people. Perhaps then, the next time some tinpot despot thinks he can mess with our armed forces we can send him away with a bloody nose and humiliation writ large across his forehead.