Monday, 30 November 2009

Scottish Independence Not Happening

The story of William Wallace was based on a poem by a man named Blind Harry which may explain why he is depicted as having a blue face. Whether the line 'they may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom' was added later by Deaf Billy is not known but i'm almost certain Mr Wallace would approve of the latest push by the Scots for their independence from England.
First Minister Alex Salmond has launched a White Paper for a vote on constitutional reform and declared: "It's time for the people to have their say on Scotland's future".
Damn straight i say, shame he didn't say that before Tony Blair and Gordon Brown got their hands on the seat of power, they could have messed up their own country rather than ours.
I don't particularly want to see the United Kingdom broken up but i wouldn't lose any sleep over it if it was. I do think that Mr Salmond has not run through his sums though because i don't think they would last long without all the money they get off England, £11bn a year at the last count, and a skint Scotland coming hand in cap to its wealthy neighbour is how the Union came about in the first place.
The general feeling is that the Scottish National Party doesn't have a snowballs chance of actually gaining the required number of votes to even kick start the referendum process and the whole thing will die a death until the next time some Scot hits upon the wheeze of breaking away from England.
You can still come and pick up Gordon Brown anytime you want though.


Cheezy said...

Agreed... both about Gordon Brown and the independence movement generally.

Braveheart had some beefy fight scenes in it, and was worth watching because of those... but as history it was xenophobic tosh. The Times rated it as one of the most historically inaccurate movie of all time, second only to the hilarious revisionism of U571.

Falling on a bruise said...

I have only watched bits of Braveheart, and agree that it was just tosh. This Scottish idependence crops up every couple of years and then goes away again because they realise, it would bankrupt them.

Nog said...

First, where would Scotland go? Do they want a fully independent nation like Ireland? Is their plan similar to what the folks in Quebec want, which is to keep all of the perks of being Canadians without any of the strings? The Quebec plan is like a kid moving out of his parents' house and not answering to his parents while keeping his allowance.

Second, what does Brown have to say about all of this? And surely the Scots have noticed that Brown is a Scot.