One does rather get the impression that Scotland especially is milking it for all they can whilst they are still part of the Union. If they were no longer part of the UK, it is unlikely they would be able to afford to continue with the free prescriptions, free university education etc.
Suffer more poverty? Surely places like London, Birmingham, Liverpool, big cities like that, are more likely to suffer poverty? Anyway, poor people don't have to pay the prescription charges anyway, I thought, so those in poverty (ie those claiming benefits) don't have to pay anyway.
We need an English Assembly, like everyone else does, because at the moment we have MPs from all over helping to decide our rules, but we have no say in theirs. This is one country, and either we are all treated the same, or we should all at least have our own national assembly. Scotland gets more per capita than the rest of the UK when it comes to the sharing out of taxes, so it is unsurprising that they can afford all this. If they had independence, they would either have to significantly raise taxes, or drop all of these measures. As I said, we are one country, and either we are all treated the same, or there is no point in having a united kingdom.