My parents arrived in Derby in 1939 newly married and hopeful for a good future. They were both children from Motherwell, a steel city built on grime and coal. I remember it with affection because the people were honest working class and they welcomed a little 'English' boy into their bosom.
My late son rediscovered his Scottish heritage 50 years later and decided that this was really his 'home' country. He delighted in wearing his grandfather's kilt and graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with his Law Degree wearing it. His friends are delightful and our banter about Scottish weather and southern softies continues in good natured friendship.
That is the relationship which I enjoy with Scotland. I was schooled and reared in England and I consider myself English because I never, ever actually lived in Scotland. Yes by birth I am Scots but I am what I feel and I feel English.
So after that laboured introduction how do I view Scottish independence? Alex Salmond and his SNP crew are challenging Westmonster and I for one have had enough. The problem is that Scotland is actually a single party country. The Tories don't exist culturally and the Labour Party has let so many people down. Unlike the English the Scots actually think about politics. They realise that the Scottish Labour politicians, led by Gordon Brown, have let them down.
Enter the SNP (Scottish Nationalist Party) and their threat to hold a referendum on independence. The Scottish people will be given an opportunity to decide their future (unlike the English) and they can vote for independence. I doubt very much if they will secede from the United Kingdom because, if they do then they will be worse off.
By the way ask the English (nobody ever does) what they want from the union with Scotland...you people north of the border would seriously not like the answer. Tell Alex Salmond to shut his stupid mouth because you may regret what he wants! Down here we are sick of Scottish politicians...Brown, Blair, Darling, John Reid, Kennedy, Martin and on it goes! England really would be well rid of you!
We want Scottish independence! Please go your own way. We can them renegotiate our membership of the EU. We have really had enough of Scottish bigotry built up over years of historical distortion. It is about time that the Westmonster government asked the English people to vote for or against this union but if the English ever get a vote on anything then the world would change! The time will come.