Gordon Brown is today making a speech to Labour activist in Scotland warning that success for the SNP will lead to the break up of the UK. He warns that this would be bad for Scotland.
What Gordon does not say is that this would be good news financially for England.
Despite what the Scots think about North Sea Oil (of which part would be in English territorial waters anyway), the main contributor to wealth in the UK is the City of London, which generates tens of billions in invisible earnings and allows the UK government to spend more per head in Scotland than it does in England and Wales. From a purely selfish point of view, if the Scots want to leave the UK, then I wouldn't stop them.
However, I wonder if the SNP are as much of a threat as Gordon Brown feels. His speech today may make them more credible, but if they are such a threat, how come they did so poorly in the Dunfermline by-election a few months ago ? Is Gordon Brown talking them up in order to scare scottish voters back to Labour whilst trying to marginalise the Lib Dems and Tories whose opinion poll ratings in Scotland have risen ?
I know a number of Scots, one or two of whom would like the idea of an independent Scotland. however, they don't like the SNP. And that is the SNP's problem. Their main policy is a policy lots of Scots may want (independence), but when they look at the party, particularly those voters who are not left wing, they cannot vote for them.
Brown talking them up might be foolish or it mught be quite clever. Next year's Scottish parliamentary elections will show is.