Prof Keating of Aberdeen University has apparently suggested that Scotland should have no real problems vis a vis the EU if it were to vote for independence next year. Iain Hallahan (@don_iain), Robert Macmillan (@robfmac)and I had a brief discussion on Twitter in which we largely agreed that we could not really guarantee any future position and neither could the good Professor, largely because the outcome would be a matter of politics rather than law. And as ever politicians on both sides of the argument are spinning madly. It was a pious hope of mine a while back that Salmond would be more statesmanlike.
However one aspect does disturb me. The SNP seem to be setting the agenda for a post Yes vote in terms of their vision of what a future Scotland should be. I read recently something about a totally new tax regime for instance. That I think is completely wrong. If we vote for independence then we should be looking at a general election before anything else happens to allow the people of Scotland to democratically decide what the future governance of our country should be. The SNP have a mandate to go for Independence, not to govern Scotland in perpetuity.