According to Harry’s Place the current financial crisis has put a crimp in Scottish plans for independence, as the UK had to bail out some banks in Scotland with more money than the entire annual budget of Scotland. I can see that, but what puzzles me is why England would want to hold on to Scotland. Why not play the Czech Republic to their Slovakia? I can understand loyalty to the UK but if the other members don’t respect it, then you’re just setting yourself up to be played as a mark which seems to be the general state of England these days.
P.S. I also think we should declare San Francisco an independent city-state but we do not have the good fortune of a separatist movement there.