With London politics seldom representative of marginalized regions like Northern England and Scotland, a ‘Yes’ response to the split sought in the imminent referendum is the only choice conducive to democracy and good governance. The most compelling argument given by Scots, in my personal experience, is that the split would enable the Scottish people to control their own destiny free from interference by aloof and distant actors like Westminster. Rather than remaining under the poor governance of London, which never really takes the interests of the smaller Scottish population into consideration, Scots should be able to base all of their policies on what they know to be best for themselves. Economically, Scotland’s ability to govern itself as an independent power will remove the specter of dwindling industry and the accompanying problem of unemployment. Plaguing both Scotland and Northern England, the deliberate and malicious removal and southward movement of industry under successive Tory governments has pushed many into unemployment in the North of Britain. It should be no mystery that this kind of activity, designed to deliberately destroy working class communities and attract all economic activity to London like a bloodsucker, has strengthened the appetite for self-rule. In just tens of hours, on 18 September, Scots will have the opportunity to do what most people on this island should be envious of: they can remove this regime. Considering the lack of change that typically follows elections, and the extent to which the main Westminster parties openly acknowledge one another to be exactly the same in temperament and policy against the North, to vote ‘No’ in the referendum would be a step back for democracy in Britain. To choose to remain under London’s rule, in the face of a true opportunity to change not just Britain but the entire world for the better, would be a historic mistake. It would be an error that Scots would regret for a very long time, and further economic marginalization and degradation inflicted on the North by London would very quickly become apparent. One cannot take seriously, the claims by London that Scotland will be given more powers in the aftermath of a ‘No’ vote. The very act of holding the referendum fundamentally contravenes the Tory government’s interests and priorities so decisively that Scotland could only expect punishment by further economic hardship if the outcome of the vote is in London’s favor. One compelling reason to vote in favor of the split is the way in which those on the ‘No’ camp have framed their interests. Always, it is about them, and never is it about the interests of the Scottish people. Almost no statement from the ‘No’ camp has really tried to consider the positive case for independence, or weight up the empowering results that could follow if the people of Scotland vote in favor of becoming an independent country. All arguments against independence smack of external interference, and of placing arrogant interests above the actual interests of the Scottish people who are to be affected by their decision on 18 September. In some cases, the real voice of the “United Kingdom” – the United States – actually emerged to criticize Scotland’s internal matter. Quite visibly, the United States chose to interfere in this internal matter in August, likely jolted by the unexpected popular surge of support for independence reported in the press. As I have illustrated in a detailed critique at the L’Ordre blog featured on Beliefnet, August’s interfering House Resolution 713 tells us clearly that the US Empire hates Scottish independence. Resolution 713 interferes in Scotland’s internal matter by calling on Scots not to support the split, arguing that it contravenes “US national security priorities”, as if these should have final say over what Scots choose to do with their own future. In other words, just like the UK government, the US government arrogantly puts its own “security” interests above the interests of the Scottish people. Such an attitude confirms everything wrong with the Union, and everything wrong with the so-called “special relationship” between the US and the UK. It serves only one side, and uses the other as a human shield. The US Empire and its cronies in Westminster are afraid of the United Kingdom splitting, quite simply because they don’t want to lose Scotland’s invaluable role as a mindless NATO missile silo directed against whatever enemy the US’s dark and bloody foreign policy runs into next. Indeed, US “security” concerns over an independent Scotland can only refer to the removal of the so-called “independent” Trident nuclear deterrent, which is in fact an offensive system controlled by the US regime as a puppet weapon against its own enemies. Nuclear missiles were based in Scotland’s naval yards selfishly, so that the country could be used as little more than a human shield in conflicts precipitated by the adventurist foreign policy of the US regime. It is no mystery that Scots want no part of this, and would prefer the nuclear missiles and dirty foreign policy of the US regime’s cronies to leave their shores. The Scottish people will be strengthened and revitalized by a popular turnout to vote ‘Yes’ on 18 September, while the narrow-minded “security” preferences of London and Washington will be sidelined.