An axiom is a premise or starting point of reasoning. This can apply to something which is self evident, such as ‘the internet hosts a lot of information’ or to assumptions, such as ‘the internet is the best source of information’. The first statement is clearly true while the second is much more open to debate and interpretation.
Many unionists on the other hand follow the ‘Goldilocks Axiom’. To put it simply; Europe is too big, Scotland is too small, but a Westminster dominated Britain is just right. The easiest way to demonstrate this belief is through examples:
“I think its right for Britain to say: ‘Well, which bits of Europe most benefit us as a nation?’ and to focus on those things and I’m not frightened of the fact sometimes you might not be included in some things.” David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, speaking about Europe.
“The UN Security Council seat, our membership of the European Union, our leadership in Nato, our nuclear deterrent, our strong armed forces, they are all things that belong to the whole of the United Kingdom. Clearly you can’t break them in bits, as the defence secretary put it, you can’t snap parts of our defence industry off like a bar of chocolate if Scotland was to go its own way.” David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, speaking about Scotland.
“We have no wish to be told that we should lose our democracy in the cause of advancing America’s.” John Redwood MP, speaking about American wishes for the UK to remain part of the EU.
“A couple of learned Scots told us that Scottish nationalism was defined by dislike of the English in general, and the dislike of English Tories in particular. Scottish nationalists do not like London making decisions for them.” John Redwood MP, speaking about Scotland.
“What’s going on? At one level, it’s straightforward: the G8 are putting the squeeze on London because they don’t want Mr Cameron to upset their cozy arrangements. They certainly aren’t concerned about the views of the British people.” Benedict Brogan, Daily Telegraph Deputy Editor.
“Mr Salmond, helped by the Scottish media and political classes, has defined this as a debate in which England does not have a legitimate voice. Independence may be a choice solely for Scots to make, but on what terms they are then granted independence is very much a matter for the rest of the UK. That is why Mr Cameron was right to force the issue” Benedict Brogan, Daily Telegraph Deputy Editor.