Your right about them being a good buffer Capeesh and if they would get on with the day job, they would likely get my vote. It's the "independence at any cost and regardless of those who have already said we don't want it" that worries me. Scotland can't afford to be independent. If she got her way you would soon see the real side of the SNP, a country struggling to make ends meet, higher taxes and loss of services. Of course it would be someone else's fault. I listen to debates both Westminster and Hollyrood and whilst some impress me others are about avoiding the issue like most politicians. Watching Alex Salmon on TV the other day avoiding the questions and shouting over the presenter to put his independence at any cost position across, made me wonder if they are living in the real world. His answer to the question regarding dropping education figures was that Scotland has the least youth unemployment of most countries. Well that's great, more have a job, but they're not so bright!!. That bods well for future development.
As a government I think they have got their priorities wrong and it's having an effect on the stuff they should be looking after. If they would put independence to one side and prove they can do a great job of running the country, they would likely get more votes, make the country more prosperous and who knows what the future might bring. But as long as they can't get past the independence at any cost attitude, they will not get my vote and I believe many feel the same.