Good fences make good neighbours
A THIRD of English people want to be independent from Scotland, according to a new poll.
The ICM poll found 31 per cent of people south of the Border wanted to split up the UK, with 60 per cent keen to keep the Union with Scotland intact and 9 per cent saying they did not know.
With support for Scottish independence also enjoying the backing of about a third of the population, the survey does show that levels of support for independence are roughly the same north and south of the Border. ..
The result of the poll, for a Sunday newspaper, was welcomed by Scottish nationalists. Alex Salmond, the SNP leader, said: "It's time both countries were self-governing, having responsibility for their own resources and passing their own laws while working together in a new partnership of equals."
He added: "Gone will be a surly lodger, and in its place a new and very friendly neighbour.
I couldn't see whether the poll asked if the English wanted their own democratic parliament within a United Kingdom, in other words equality with Scotland rather than full independence - I'm sure if this third option had been put it would have had overwhelming support.