Every political hamlet or viceroy wants someone else to pay for their separatism. That state policy does not always reflect the culture or choices citizens would make for their own prosperity. Policy should be looked at not only from both sides, but from top to bottom. Iceland once had the world’s lowest unemployment and, despite high costs, good wages until government policy by elected leaders leveraged its banking debt and the bubble burst–throwing Icelanders out of work (among other things!).
The impact of government policy should include a rigorous review of its best and worst impact on citizens with recommendations for cautions and further study. But mainly policy and studies push single conclusions without a look at the best and worse cases.
Good politics used to mean being versed in both sides of issues and policy. No more! Let’s hope the Scots carefully weigh the options on the table, esp, the central and all-important issue of currency and its effects on citizen prosperity.