Independence

If you're missing the pieces from your own "life puzzle", you can never expect to take those pieces from someone else's. Whose puzzle looks very, very different from your own. If you do, You'll always be searching for that "missing piece". Tirelessly searching. And often fruitlessly.
I always thought of myself as an incredibly independent person. And I am - to a certain extent. I moved out of my home city at 18, I funded my way through University and a few months ago I packed my bags and emigrated to Italy.
Labour's latest policy announcement, creation of a committee of English MPs to scrutinise bills only relating to England, highlights the party's panic over the Conservatives popular English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) proposals.
A study released by Bupa found that a considerable number of cancer patients are choosing to go it alone and keep friends and family in the dark about their diagnosis and treatment, in order to protect them.
In the last few weeks there have been significant developments in press regulation that have gone entirely unreported, despite the fact that they involve the most senior figures in the news industry, and despite that fact that they increase the dependence of the industry's new self-regulatory body, IPSO, on the major publishers.
I wasn't quite sure how I should respond to the death of Professor Ghulam Azam, the name I remember from nearly two years when it was suggested to me that the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh was set up to destroy the prominent figure...
Through this referendum the voices of the Scots were heard, and they need to continue to be heard just as loudly in future. The people who are still hung-up on the result need to be mature and respectful and move on from it; but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't continue to fight for change in other ways.
As far as the English people are concerned, a Scottish split ought to mobilise a much-needed look closer to home, where the skewed political and economic landscape of a London-centric England shows a growing need to address our own socio-economic problems. Perhaps the collected counties of Northern England ought to demand a similar referendum; try telling the average northerner that their voice is heard down in Westminster.
If it's Scotland's pound, as Alex Salmond said, it's the people's Scotland. Let us stay together, all of us. Just as Britain is the product of collective endeavour, so Scotland is the product of the shared effort of these islands.
Unless you've been living inside a black hole since the early 1990s, the allusions to the current referendum must be apparent. For as a child of Britain, unable to affect the potential break up of the United Kingdom on Thursday, the naïve response is to feel this is unfair...