It is the stated position of the first minister, if not his whole party, that an independent Scotland would retain the queen as head of state and queen of Scots. I suggest that for Mr Salmond to have already made such an important decision about an independent Scotland is rather unfortunate. To many Scots, the notion of a newly independent Scotland emerging into the 21st century with an essentially medieval institution at its constitutional helm is absurd. Quite apart from that, it seems presumptuous to make this kind of decision without consulting the Scottish people first.
Scottish independence must not be thought of as a finishing line. It should be considered a gateway to improvement. It is a valuable goal because it will enable us to create a better Scotland. It will enable us to change what needs changed. The abolition of an ancient entrenched privilege would send an important signal about the new, more equal Scotland that we should be working towards.