The way the political parties in Westminster seem to be viewing Scotland’s imminent departure from the United Kingdom can be compared to a classic family situation.
They seem to treating Scotland like an unprepared teenager who is leaving home: highlighting all the bad things that could happen and implying that their child will not be able to survive on their own.
It is an unedifying approach and making the United Kingdom look a complete joke.
The fact that the three leaders are crossing the border on Wednesday, cancelling Prime Minister’s Questions at this late stage, shows they lack any cohesive policies or wise ideas.
The Solution to Scotland’s Separation
Rather than being parents, the UK Government should act like an adult and just say: “You can always come back.”
Independence has long been a dream of the Scottish National Party, they are on the edge of fulfilling it and like all good ideas it should be put into practice.
Hopefully it will be successful and Alec Salmond will see many fruitful years leading a prosperous Scotland.
He might not. We might see the SNP leader suffer the same fate as Churchill who, after winning the war, found his services were no longer required.
Churchill took us up to the top of the hill, but the nation found they wanted someone else to lead them down again. So it could be the same with the SNP.
After a few years of uncertainty the Scottish voters might see Labour as a more trusted bet and ask them to guide Scotland to an even brighter future.
But if it doesn’t work out the option should be there for Scotland to come back to the UK. It should be part and parcel of the ‘Better Together’ campaign. It is a much kinder approach, more thoughtful and progressive.
Rather than filling the air with scare stories, a little reassurance would allow Scotland to try the taste of Independence and report back.
You never know England, Wales and Northern Ireland might also like to try it and we could end up with the United Kingdom of Independent Nations. UKIN anybody?