Originally posted 2006...
I am an Essex boy, born and bred.
Essex has a population of around 1.3m. If it was a state in the US it would lie 40 out of 50, in other words, bigger than Maine, New Hampshire, Montana or Alaska.
It has a GDP of £15bn. That makes it bigger than, for example, Latvia or Bolivia, which have UN representation, and about the same size as Vermont or Wyoming.
All those places carry certain responsibilities. They can elect their governments. They have their own legal systems. They can control their own affairs.
We can't. We're going to end up being controlled by a Scot.
This does not seem just to me.