No one thinks Scotland couldn’t be a country. To argue that the no campaign is saying that is a massive straw man. The question is what sort of country would it be? The simple fact is that the plans put forward by the Yes campaign so far do not add up. Romantic nationalism is all well and good, but when its people’s livelihoods and pensions on the line, a more detailed and realistic plan needs to be put forward.
If you think that the UK government will negotiate over the pound, you’re having a laugh. Should Salmond’s new fiefdom attempt to ‘play hardball’ over nukes, the UK could very well declare the bases as a sovereign territory, like Akrotiri and Dhekelia. Other than that they could get the Scots govt to lease them for a period to the UK while a new home is found, possibly at Barrow. With the spending plans outlined in the half-baked white paper, Scotland will need the money, and my guess is they’ll take the deal.