One of the foremost attributes of an independent country is free democratic elections to let the people choose the government they want to run the country. Why should the present SNP “government” presume to plan for the future governance of Scotland? It is not the national government of an independent country. It is the major party in a devolved assembly with limited powers granted by the current UK national government and should not expect to have any prior say in the institutions after a vote for independence. The first national government of Scotland will only have legitimacy after a Yes vote. At most the SNP should be making arrangements in consultation with all existing political factions for the proper conduct of elections post independence.
What should those of a different political persuasion be doing? The other major parties in Scottish politics should be making urgent plans for action. Those plans should be ready immediately after a possible Yes vote in September 2014. To be personal, Alex Salmond is hoping that parties opposing separation will be so disorganised that in the event of a Yes vote he can take the political high ground and create a political scene in his own image. He must know that Scotland being at heart socialist inclined that he could lose power to an effective socialist alliance never to regain it under a Nationalist banner and so independence would for him personally be a Phyric victory.