To borrow a phrase, I still believe that oil is a bonus, not the basis for independence. I simply do not accept that Scotland, almost uniquely amongst western nations, couldn't "afford" independence. Nonetheless, it is fascinating to hear someone from across the pond say that without Scottish oil, Little England (his words, not mine) wouldn't have much to sell.
The mainstream media, Unionists, and BritNats, love to tell us that Scotland is a “subsidy junkie”, weighing heavily on the UK’s “broad shoulders”. I for one, never thought for a minute, that the British Establishment is determined and desperate to hold on to Scotland out of benevolence and solidarity, it simply isn’t in their nature. Rather, I suspect they know all too well they can ill afford to loose an “asset” (for that is how the see things) of such economic and strategic importance to them.