Polls suggest it could happen. It's a narrow lead, but the Scots might get the independence so many of them have been craving for so long. I am on the side of any part of any country that wants to break away from the "mother" country because the people of that part, in their majority, wish to decide their own future without bowing down to a government that does not have their interests at heart. So what if chunks of a whole are being broken off? All chunks need their freedom, both big and small.
When Canada's Quebec finally decides to separate, I will be one of those to cheer them on. Some separations are bloody, like we are seeing in the Ukraine and Nigeria and elsewhere.... but just like we accept divorces between two people, we should learn to accept that countries break up too. In Syria, it would have happened long ago if the powers-that-be had instructed the "opposition to Assad" to stick to the areas they had captured (which I believe makes up almost a third of Syria) and leave the rest to the regime. But, of course not. The goal was, and still is, to get rid of Assad. After that, the breaking up of Syria into a hundred hellholes just like what we see today in Libya, is of no interest to the master planners.
Curiously, Nigel Farage is against Scotland divorcing from "mother" UK. I find that strange because he wants UK to get out of the EU, but funnily enough he does not want Scotland to get away from the UK. Another case of "what's good for me, is not good for you because I say so."
Toby Helm and Daniel Boffey writing at GuardianUK:
Shock new poll says Scots set to vote yes to independence
'No' campaign to offer radical deal as latest figures show 51-49% backing for end of the union.
The people of Scotland are to be offered a historic opportunity to devise a federal future for their country before next year's general election, it emerged on Saturday night, as a shock new poll gave the campaign for independence a narrow lead for the first time.
Amid signs of panic and recrimination among unionist ranks about the prospects of a yes vote on 18 September, the Observer has learned that a devolution announcement designed to halt the nationalist bandwagon is due to be made within days by the anti-independence camp.
The plan, in the event of a no vote, is that people from all parts of Scottish society – rather than just politicians – would be invited to take part in a Scottish conference or convention that would decide on further large-scale transfers of power from London to Holyrood.
A poll by YouGov for the Sunday Times sent shockwaves through the political establishment north and south of the border as it showed the yes camp had 51% to 49% for no, excluding the don't knows. Better Together leader Alistair Darling said: "These polls can and must now serve as a wake-up call to anyone who thought the referendum was a foregone conclusion."
David Cameron was at Balmoral on Saturday night on his annual visit, where growing support for a yes vote was likely to have been raised with the Queen.
With momentum now strongly behind Alex Salmond's push for full-blown independence, the no campaign is desperately searching for ways to seize back the initiative in the last 11 days of campaigning. A win for the yes campaign would represent a stunning turnaround, and unleash the biggest constitutional crisis in the union's 300-year history: it was 14 points behind in polls taken less than a month ago.
However, another poll carried out by Panelbase for Yes Scotland found that no is leading 52% to 48% when undecided voters are excluded...........