It's a well known fact that England is richer than Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland. Its unemployment rate is lower - its education results better, its crime rates lower, its life expectancy higher. The English tax payer on average pays in more and takes out less from the Central pot than our celtic cousins. Cities like Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds are ignored, whilst the glorified towns of Cardiff, Edinburgh & Belfast have massive redevelopments, get public sector buildings built, in some cases tram systems, just because they happen to be capitals; at a nationwide cost. If England was independent, taxes would be lower due to the reduction in benefits. And the money saved from keeping Glaswegians alive past 50 could bring a benefit to us. Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland are leeches - England keeps them propped up. What are people's views on this?