Scottish Independence: Should England tell them "Good Riddance"?
The Scottish National Party has announced that a vote on Scottish independence from the UK will be held in 2014. David Cameron has tried to talk the Scots out of seceding from the union, and going back on his earlier stance, is now assuring them that if they stay in the UK, that Westminster will "devolve" more power to Holyrood.
Should he be doing this? Scotland is the biggest per capita recipient of "benefits" in the UK... what we would call welfare here in the states. More British tax money goes into Scotland than comes out of it. Per capita, Scots get 20 percent more spent on them per person than any other place in the UK. Scots get a variety of benefits free that other nations of the UK do not, including free college tuition. And while the SNP has promised that an independent Scotland would retain the Queen as the sovereign, the SNP is notoriously anti-royal, and I don't think many people actually believe them. Further, Alex Salmond, the SNP leader, says that an independent Scotland would get out of NATO. They're also committed to joining the Euro, have taken a strong no-nukes stance, and pledge a "progressive" confiscatory tax structure. The SNP is a largely leftist party and seems to have the overwhelming support of Scots.
So the question is... why would you want these people to be part of your country? North Sea oil can't be that big a reason. Further, some Tories have noted that with Labour being the second party in Scotland (the Conservative Party in Scotland is small to the point of being insignificant), if Scotland indeed leaves, it would almost make Labour a rump party in England, cementing the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats as the big two parties in England. This leads to the theory that some Tories want Scotland gone, seeing both the elimination of an ungrateful society that eats more than it produces, and providing a domestic political benefit in England.
There's still Wales and Northern Ireland, of course. The Welsh haven't had this kind of secession impulse (at least not yet), and NI is firmly a unionist country for now. But even if they left as well, would that be bad for England? The vast majority of the population and wealth and industry in the UK is in England. Would the bolting of Scotland ultimately be good or bad for England?