Sorry to gatecrash this love-in but that is a terrible idea! Now don't get me wrong, I'm not a big fan of the London-centric Westminster Government, but do you really think that rule from Edinburgh would be any better? It might be different for people in Newcastle, Carlisle etc, but for those of us in Yorkshire Edinburgh is just as distant as London, and most of us would prefer the devil we know than be left to the not-so tender mercies of an independent Scotland.
Historically Scotland used to claim the far north of England - Northumberland and Cumbria - and marauding Scottish armies butchered their way through Northern England everytime they invaded those places, but the Anglo-Scottish border has been stable since the middle-ages. Yeah, people in Newcastle etc might feel more Scottish than English, and people in Liverpool might identify more with fellow Celts, but, and I have nothing against the Scots as individuals you understand, but personally the Scots can have Yorkshire over my dead body.
Anyway, I thought that one of the main purposes of Scottish independence was the preservation of the unique Scottish identity etc. What does Northern England have to do with Scotland? Scottish Nationalists are concerned with Scotland - not England!
@ Dizzybyname - But it's not really about individual locations is it? Annex Northern England? I don't want to see the break up of my country! (and by 'my country' I'm talking about England, and not the UK [obviously...])
How would you like it if Norway talked about taking Shetland, Orkney, Sutherland etc because they had 'more in common' with them than with the people down in Glasgow/ Edinburgh? How would you feel?
Carlisle, Newcastle, Bamburgh, Lindisfarne... it is all England, and hopefully will still be England when Scotland gets its long-hoped-for independence.