Phil is actually backing up most of his assertions with solid fact and evidence, unlike the vast majority of people in this thread. Some of whom prefer romantic ideology and bluster.
I think you might be being a bit unfair to the "vast majority of people on this thread" - not sure, would have to check back.
I'm a bit bemused by this today on the BBC Scotland Politics website though: Scottish independence: Word 'separate' banned by Commons
A row has broken out at Westminster after parliamentary authorities banned the use of the word "separate" in a Commons debate on independence.
The move by House of Commons clerks in the wake of SNP protests prompted Labour to cancel a debate on the future of Royal Mail in Scotland.
Labour said it would attempt to reschedule the debate, tabled by its MP Iain McKenzie.
The SNP sees the word "separate" as pejorative.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-21444780
Another view: House Of Commons clerks decreed the use of the pejorative term “separation” to describe independence to be – well, to be pejorative – and therefore inappropriately neutral for a debate in the house. They amended the title of a Labour debate from “The Royal Mail in a separate Scotland” to the fair, accurate and inoffensive “The Future of the Royal Mail in Scotland”. So far so trivial, right?
Astonishingly, Labour responded by cancelling the debate entirely, in a fit of pique at not being able to use what the clerks had described as a “leading” and “impartial” [sic] title for it. In essence, this highly-paid group of adult men and women charged with (and handsomely remunerated for) conducting the United Kingdom’s political discourse announced that it was their ball and they were taking it and going home.http://wingsland.podgamer.com/the-giga-lie/
"Separate" pejorative? Really?