On the point regarding Scottish independence:
When my friends south of the border ask me which way I will vote on this subject now that I am eligible to do so, I always say that as I am a newcomer to this wonderful land, I am more than happy go with the flow, or possibly not vote at all, as I do not feel entitled to select anything other than what the indigenous people would wish for themselves - and now having discussed this very topic with quite a few of the locals, not one person has yet said to me that they would be voting for independence. This might just be a local preference of course.
More likely it's the reality: there's a lot of mileage in creating worry amongst the pigeons - feathers fly and droppings fall, in this case, as cash into the press's coffers and, worst-case scenario, the open hands of the politicos and flag makers!
The Scots were always considered a canny lot; do they follow the lemming so easily? I think not. I hope not.
Also, Dave, I share your point of view regarding elections in 'foreign' parts: though eligible to vote in some elections here, I don't because, to be honest, the local politics are too far beyond me and my concerns are not those of the general, native Mallorquin who needs much more from, and puts much more into the system than do I. Like most expats, I lead a separate life whilst being in the middle of the common fold. To get along well and not make enemies is task enough and more than sufficient for any self-imposed 'guest'.