Scottish Independence v India Independence – Same Debate

Gandhi-Mahatma

Whenever there is a movement for independence, the classic argument has been that they would fall flat on their face. Yet, in this case, many British believe that Scotland has a lot of socialists who live off the state and therefore Scotland costs Britain money. Support for Scottish Independence may even be higher inside Britain than in Scotland.

A reader sent this in regarding Scotland relating the situation to when India sought Independence:

Kinnoch: With respect, Mr. Gandhi, without British administration, this country would be reduced to chaos.
Gandhi: Mr. Kinnoch, I beg you to accept that there is no people on Earth who would not prefer their own bad government to the good government of an alien power.
Brigadier: My dear sir! India *is* British. We’re hardly an alien power!
[silence]
You just can’t make this stuff up.
There is nothing less attractive than a liberal in service to power.
Have a pleasant evening.