|Scottish flag stone in Ardersier|
|Oil platform, Cromarty|
|Scottish flag at information session|
Perhaps the government's most serious threat is pulling the pound from Scottish usage and withdrawing support from the Bank of England. So what? Royal Bank of Scotland benefited hugely from a government bailout during the 2008 financial crisis. Not a problem, says the SNP, we'll still get to use the pound as our currency; and if we don't we'll deal with it.
On Sky News, we watched excerpts from across-the-street presentations by the British government and the SNP on the difference in benefits to families regarding Scottish independence. The SNP argued that Scottish families would gain an additional 1,000 pounds ($1,678); the government insisted that by staying in the UK Scottish families would benefit by 1,400 pounds ($2,350) a year. So, that's the big public argument - a difference of $672. Hard to imagine William Wallace shouting to his fighters, "They'll never take...our freedom - but we'd gain 400 pounds a year, per family."
And, the political parties - Conservative, Labor, and Liberal Democrats (UKIP seems only interested in disentangling from Europe) - are climbing all over themselves to offer enhanced ideas for distribution of funds and taxing authority to Scotland. Very small ball. Would Adams, Jefferson, et. al. have cancelled the American revolution if George III had made a similar offer to the colonists. Doubt it. We'll see in September what the Scots do.