Overheard at the bus stop: A plan is we hear being put to Alex Salmond which would raise the temperature in the Scottish Independence Referendum debate. The plan proposes that Prince Charles is installed as King within a short period of a Yes outcome in the forthcoming referendum to be held on 18th September. The advantages are said to include making it clear that Scotland isn’t waiting on decisions by the remainder of the UK for at least one key issue whilst the battle over Scotland’s use of the pound rages on. This would also end the extended frustration for Prince Charles whilst the Queen maybe matches her mother’s longevity.
It is also understood that the plan would include provision for Camilla to become Queen without equivocation, and that the succession when King Charles died would follow the conventional pattern, with Prince William succeeding to the Scottish throne.
It was argued that a ‘phoney war’ feeling may otherwise pervade in Scotland where for an extended period Scottish people see little change whilst wrangling continues over the details of the independence settlement, not least over whether Scotland can continue to use the British Pound, and the share of the National Debt to be transferred. This would include a General Election in 2015 to the British Parliament, to which Scottish people would be once again invited to elect MPs to the parliament in Westminster even if Scotland votes for independence.
This caused quite a commotion at the crowded X36 bus stop, which continued on boarding the bus – one suspicious person was concerned that the person trying to plant the idea on Alex Salmond was a sort of ‘double agent’, well versed in the history of Scotland and England. He expressed fears at the situation that would then arise on the death of Queen Elizabeth, and mumbled something about ‘1603 all over again’ ? We hear that the bus queue seemed to gain a few people anxious to join in the discussion, including one or two who appeared to get on the bus when it arrived, even though they hadn’t planned to travel.
One or two expressed an opinion that Alex Salmond should be the first Monarch of an independent Scotland, in recognition of his sterling efforts, though it was clear that this wasn’t everyone’s choice.