The Corner

Scotland: Morning Reading

Simon Heffer’s column offers answers to these ten questions if Scotland votes yes.

1) Would the Queen remain Queen of Scotland?

2) Will Mr. Cameron and Mr. Miliband have to resign?

3) Would Scotland be in the EU — and what about NATO?

4) What would Scotland’s currency be?

5) Would there be a new Hadrian’s Wall–style border?

6) What about the Royal Naval submarine base at Faslane?

7) Can Scotland survive on North Sea oil revenues?

8) Would England lose its place on the U.N. Security Council?

9) What would happen to Britain’s national debt and national assets?

10) Might there be a dividend for English taxpayers?

To find his answers, click here.

Also, Paul Krugman has an excellent column on Scotland today, which you can read here.

Well, I have a message for the Scots: Be afraid, be very afraid. The risks of going it alone are huge. You may think that Scotland can become another Canada, but it’s all too likely that it would end up becoming Spain without the sunshine.

And in case you missed Gordon Brown over the weekend, you can find that here.

Oh, also, the news hit the states this morning that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with baby number two. David Cameron, the prime minister, offered on Twitter “many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I’m delighted by the happy news that they’re expecting another baby.” Also taking to Twitter, the Scottish first minister, Alex Salmond, used the Cambridges’s (?) Scottish titles to congratulate them: “Congratulations & best wishes to the Earl & Countess of Strathearn. Wonderful to hear they’re expecting their second baby – very happy news!”

— Michael R. Strain is a resident scholar and economist at the American Enterprise Institute. You can write to him on Twitter at twitter.com/MichaelRStrain.

Michael R. Strain — Michael R. Strain is the director of economic-policy studies and the Arthur F. Burns Scholar in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute.  

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