Were I a 'psycho-babbler' (which thank the Lord I'm not, Sir!) I could produce several volumes on the ids and egos of that deeply peculiar minority of meagre-minded muppets who strive for power in miniscule nations. Nor would I need to search far because the perfect example is to be seen (and regrettably heard as well) just up the high road to Scotland, a minuscule nation with an even titchier leader of its National party in the less than delectable form of Ms. Nicola Sturgeon. As so often, 'our Will' summed her up several centuries before she was born:
I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself
And falls on th' other.
Even an economic illiterate like me can work out in a few nano-seconds that an independent Scotland would start life utterly broke and then simply get 'broker'! The ridiculously pampered life-style of the Scottish 'government' is only possible on the backs of English tax-payers. As Leo McKinstry explains in today's Mail:
Ironically, the land that once produced the great economist Adam Smith — apostle of the free market — is gripped by debt, decay and dependency. Enterprise is too weak and state expenditure too high, running at a fifth higher per head than in England.
Almost 21 per cent of the Scottish workforce is in the public sector, compared with 14.9 per cent in the south-east of England. Revenues from North Sea oil, which the SNP once eagerly cited as a prop for their cause, is drying up fast. Four years ago, Scotland’s tax share of the profits from the North Sea stood at £11 billion. Even in 2014/15 the total was £1.8 billion. But last year, the amount in tax receipts was just £60 million, smashing one of the key economic arguments for independence.
Without England, Scotland would be bankrupt. Even the SNP government in Edinburgh admits that it spends £127 for every £100 it raises in taxation.
But of course, these pip-squeak Nationalists are not bothered by economic realities. There are only two surging emotions in their hearts, to do down the English and to feed their "vaulting ambition". Hopefully, a majority of canny Scots will see through this farrago of selfish stupidity, as they did at the last independence referendum, and send this bunch of psychos back to the loony bin where they belong!