I am certainly suspicious of the claims that Scotland would be significantly better off, but I guess there is an argument to be made for being similarly well off or slightly better off but with the ability to set and raise taxes from whatever money the country generates and make decisions regarding how said money is spent. There has been talk of an English Parliament, but it hasn't taken off for a couple of reasons. First of all, i'm pretty sure that the whole policy idea is attached to one of the unfavourable fringe parties like UKIP or someone and secondly is exactly as you said. The issue with the West Lothian question. I agree that Scottish MPs should not vote on issues that are England and Wales only, but I guess the problem there for people like ourselves is that it is mostly Scottish Labour MPs that are doing so. Apart from that there's just the one Tory, the Lib Dems and the SNP who abstain on English and Welsh votes already. I wouldn't say Gordon Brown had NO power in Scotland though, as there are still a quite a swathe of reserved matters even if big things like health, education and justice are devolved. I think you hit the nail on the head there. The UK is an entity of 4 partners but England is just so much bigger than the other four in terms of population. I was interested to hear you say that England sometimes has little influence in parliament, as it's my opinion that we've kind of got ourselves in a position electorally where the whim of the south of England basically decides the government. Not one seat changed hands in Scotland at the General Election of 2010, which is much the contrast to down in the South. You can basically trust Scotland (and the North) to always vote Labour, and Lib Dem to an extent. Off the top of my head, i'd say it could be because Wales still has far more joint institutions with England and less devolved powers. Their politics are beginning to mirror England's a little more, in a way that Scotland's aren't. It's interesting what you say about Salmond though... i'd say he's as much a boon to the independence campaign as an albatross around it's neck. Many people and a great deal of the media absolutely despise the man. The way that both camps are playing it is really interesting actually. The Yes Scotland campaign is deliberately not attaching itself to or being specifically ran by a political party and none of their campaign materials have an SNP logo or anything like that, but Better Together are headed by Alastair Darling and aren't shying away from using Labour party symbolism. I don't think that will happen, but i've always thought that this would be one of the few ways to resolve the conflict once and for all.