I just don't get the "blind optimism" comment.
We know we get back less in the block grant than we contribute - through the GERS figures.
We know that we're not inferior to other human beings.
So why can't we work with what we've got and do a perfectly good job of running our own country?
"Pragmatism" is what tells us we'll be welcomed in the EU and NATO, it also tells us that sharing sterling is in the best interests of Scotland and rUK. But in the grand scheme of things currency only matters as a safety net to sooth the frightened undecided. It doesn't actually matter whether it is sterling, the euro, our own currency, or even the kroner! we'll make a decent fist of it and cope - just like every other country that wins its independence.
We're not jumping blindly into the unknown. There's been 140 odd new countries in the last 50 odd years.
Terrific post. So true!