Whilst I'd really prefer that Tony Blair kept his nose out of all this, at least he's talking sense here - Scottish independence: Union goes with grain of history
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said Scotland's political union with the rest of the UK "goes with the grain of history".
He told an audience in Edinburgh it was wrong to advocate independence by putting the blame for problems on others.
Mr Blair also warned against "retreating into something smaller".
Speaking at the National Association of Pension Funds conference, Mr Blair said: "I feel about Britain separating out from Europe the way, frankly, as we are here in Edinburgh in Scotland, the way I feel about Scotland separating from the UK."
He suggested that both the UK Independence Party and the Scottish National Party suggest the problems of the country "are someone else" and that "the cure is separating ourselves out from that someone else".
Mr Blair, who left Downing Street in 2007 after 10 years in office, said this view was misguided and was "neither the cause, or the cure".
'Single biggest market
"The fact is, in a world that is ever more interconnected, to disconnect yourself, either Scotland from the UK or Britain from Europe, is just not sensible because many of the challenges we face are the challenges you are going to have to face together, you are going to have to get solutions together," he said.
"I think ultimately, for Scotland, being part of the UK is in Scottish interests, it is in English interests, it is in the interests of the UK as a whole, because it goes with the grain of history.
"When you have got the single biggest commercial market on your doorstep, why on earth would you separate yourself off from that - however frustrating it is?
"You should be in there to try and win the battles, build the alliances and make the thing work because you can be sure the future is in being part of something bigger and not retreating into something smaller."http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-21686240