What's he mithering on about now you're probably asking. Well I'll tell you, if the argument for Scottish Independence can be encapsulated in one quote; it is this.
"I dinna ken muckle about the law," answered Mrs Howden; "but I ken, when we had a king, and a chancellor, and parliament-men o' our ain, we could aye peeble them wi' stanes when they werena gude bairns - Bit naebody's nails can reach the length o' Lunnon."
From Sir Walter Scott's book The Heart of Midlothian, uttered by a Mrs Howden as she was helped back down to the hill to the Lawnmarket by a Mr Plumdumas - a somewhat unfortunate choice of name.
I read this quote months ago on another blog, I made a special point of remembering the blog name and article title then promptly forgot. Fortunately it cropped up again at Lalland's (linked in the text above) so I was able to find the book from which it came and put it into some context.
The point is as compelling now as it was then; London is far away geographically but even further away in spirit, aspiration and motivation. I want patronise you with any further elaboration; the words speak for themselves.
I'd really like to witter on about something else but I'll save it for another post - this one deserves to basque in its own glory unsullied by other more mundane topics.