Whenever you read a social democratic article masquerading as a defence of Scottish independence, the whiff of sanctimonious superiority and dripping codewords of democracy (equals voting for the SNP and the Scottish welfare state). This is accompanied by some Whiggish complacency that naturally the Scottish electorate will recognise what is good for them by voting "Yes".
Now I am as agnostic as most of the English about whether the Scottish opt for self-determination. But, they tax my patience when they take note of this gift, a consequence of our shared liberal polity, and choose to reinterpret that event as a token of their better qualities. It is not a view of all Scots; just that priggish minority that pursues constitutional forms of popular sovereignty: a written constitution that would cement the power of the Scottish public sector oligarchy in perpetuity.
This is a democratic, not a liberal solution - in the sense of enduring checks and balances. It is a solution to mediate the elite consensus in token forms to stop the actual Scots getting uppity and doing something radical. Independence is a conservative step to preserve the postwar settlement in one nation.
To know how this nation will look like, one need see no further than policing: centralised under one Chief Constable, accountable to the executive and local control emasculated. If this is how Scotland will be governed in future, then the whole vote is a retrograde step.