Celtic-End Singer, thanks for your robust contribution to the debate. *s* As far as the North Sea oil goes, it's a very poor argument that says the Scots 'subsidised' the UK economy thereby. Extend the England/Scotland border into the North Sea, as international law dictates, and a nominal Scottish share wouldn't be anything like so much as is often imagined. Further, do you really think Scotland, free and independent, could have financed the exploitation of the oilfield?
You're nearer the mark when you talk of the 'UK economy' though. The oil revenues have benefited Scotland immensely, if indirectly, in employment, trade and the undeniable huge net flow of money from England into Scotland.
Your comments about Tory policy are fine as far as they go, but you'll notice that the English threw the Tories out and don't show any signs of letting them back in. As you said yourself, let's not "wine on about (The frankly irrelevant) past rather than the crucial future."
As for the Labour Party's policy on Scotland, well, sure, it's not perfect, but wouldn't you agree that at least it's taking steps in the right direction? And if Scottish voters didn't think they were enough, why didn't they give a clear mandate to the SNP?
Your point on fuel I take to heart, but it's a burden on all of us who don't live within the M25 belt; it's stretching the point too far to adduce it as an example of anti-Scottish feeling, surely?
Having said all that, I think 'A Man's A Man' is a great song and one which I enjoy performing, despite being half Welsh. *s*