When was the last time a country did not vote for its independence when given a chance?
I don’t know the answer, but I doubt it ever happened.
That is the logic behind the surge for independence in Scotland.
The question becomes simple in that context.
Which would you prefer: vote for home rule by your own politicians or take direction from the pompous popinjays in faraway London?
The ruling Conservative Party in Britain has one MP; yes one MP in all of Scotland.
The Tories are as relevant in Scotland as a piano player in a brothel.
Prime Minister David Cameron, suddenly seeing his leadership on the line, has rushed to Scotland to worry the Scots into agreeing not to go independent.
He might as well be Cromwell coming back to Ireland.
When the Scots see Tory they think Thatcher, under whose rule Scotland and the outlying areas became economic wastelands.
Cameron thought he was being devilishly clever by forcing the Scots to pick between downright independence or not.
Most Scots would have happily voted for an in between, more regional autonomy, like what a US state such as Texas or New York enjoys.
But Cameron wanted to crush the independence gnat for once and for all.
Now it looks like it has come back to bite him. The best laid schemes, as Robert Burns once remarked, “gang aft agley,” which means go astray to you non-Scots.
The other campaigner charging North is Gordon Brown the hind tit Prime Minister after the Tony Blair New Labour era.
Though Scottish, he was so badly beaten in his last election that he carries about as much threat as a wet noodle in a sword fight.
The caravan of London-based politicians traveling north to tell the Scots to behave resembles a clutch of clowns realizing too late their clever trick has backfired.
That cavalcade headed north to convince their country cousins not to leave the estate is growing by the day, a sign of increasing desperation.
It looks more and more like Scotland the brave will go for it and strike out for independence after three hundred years.
In the end, all politics is local as a famous Irish American politician “Tip” O’Neill once said. That is certainly the case in Scotland.