Do you agree that England should be an independent country?Watch
(I don't really have a point, just something that struck me...)
N.B. Born in Cardiff I am a 'Welshman', although I live in England.
I think we could survive as an independent country.
About 90 percent of UK GDP is generated in England, so by ourselves we're one of the world's largest economies.
We would lose scotland's oil, but so what? Many countries don't have natural resources but are still wealthy.
England would certainly do fine. The Scots might find their own way into the family of nations without difficulty either. However as far as the Welsh and Northern Irish are concerned I am much more doubtful as to whether they can manage without the rest......
However, independence from the EU would be highly desirable since it has done nothing to enhance this country and everything in it's power to destroy it socially and economcally.
The idea is growing on me, primarily because I'm tired of the inequalities in public spending levels in England and Scotland. Why should Scottish residents get free prescriptions, free dental care and free university places while paying the same taxes as English residents who get none of these things?
Salmond's referendum will probably get defeated when it comes. However, relations between England and Scotland will be bitter. We will see a surge in English nationalism and English people will start to question whether we should be independent.
And the case for English independence is much stronger. There is a feeling of ill towards the English from many of our neighbours, English issues are determined by British MP's regardless of their nationality whereas Scottish and Welsh issues are determined by their own MP's, and the Scots get so many benefits that are denied to (but perhaps paid by) the English.
Scotland's entire independence question is born out of nationalism and their countries foreign policy being determined in Westminster. A question of English independence could be backed up with a lot more substance.
Unless there is a resounding NO to Salmond's referendum (which there will not be), the union will be damaged beyond repair.
edit: For the record I am a staunch unionist that believes English independence is political suicide for these islands that once ruled the globe.