An expat's view: politics, economics and life in Italy, Britain and other places.
01 September, 2012
Alex Salmond, of the Scottish National Party, declares a couple of years ago that he intends to pursue full independence and that he will hold a referendum. The politicians huff and puff but the Royal Family, saying nothing, holds a Royal Wedding, Diamond Jubilee celebrations and plays host at the Olympic Games.
Quietly, Scottish independence has gone off the boil.
As they say in cricket, form is temporary, class is permanent.