Over the last few days there has been a lot of talk, especially from the SNP, over Scotland becoming an independent entity should they win the upcoming election (May next year).

Normally I don't pay much attention to politics, however, this particular argument has caught my eye. I don't understand how they can actually realistically think that Scotland could be (financially) self sufficient. They are saying that we could tap the oil / gas reserves (much of the North sea reserves would fall under Scottish control), make use of foreign trade, etc. But still, I don't see it being enough.

Running general services such as refuse collection, postal services etc in a town is expensive enough, but it is even more so in the Northern areas where you can have many miles between each (exceptionally small) rural community. How is this going to be funded? Increased taxation? On a population that is already earning an average salary of £16k?

Personally, at this point I'm neither for or against the idea, assuming the interested parties can provide extensive detail on how they propose to generate the required revenue...