Granny23 and Eleothan, I was thinking more in terms of the present situation which thanks to Dave's economies have stretched the UK's defences paper-thin already leaving its armed forces cut to the bone. So 10% of not very much will be even less. And Eleothan, perhaps you and Mr Salmond should recognise that the financial crisis of 2007 was a worldwide phenominum and not just caused by the UK or England. We really must all try hard not to be prejudiced and patronising.
Now, Scotland has enjoyed relative independence in many areas over recent years so the appalling social conditions that I gather pertain in certain parts of Scotland are surely attributable, in significant part at least, to the neglect of Scottish authorities. This would make me question, were I lucky enough to have a vote in the referendum, exactly how the SNP are going to pay for all their plans. Whether or not you have a sense of humour I do not know, Eleothan, but I suggest that you may well be needing one before much longer if all does not go smoothly with this business.
As regards the alleged lack of representation for Scotland, I have to say that the UK's first-past-the-post voting system has hardly ever resulted in me being represented by the party I voted for. In consequence I have often been governed by layers of Scottish politicians I did not choose (no disrespect to them). I accept that as the price of democracy.