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'Salmond's political genius continues to unfold as we write.'
Genius, or folly. We shall see.
35% in favour of Independence, 40% against, and 25% undecided in the last poll, by the way ... wrong for the NS to imply that 65% are against.
Considering how the undecideds broke in this last election, complacency is the last thing the small-c conservative Unionist parties should be displaying at this stage!
Whose oil? Will Shetland etc be allowed to return to Norway if Scotland splits from England?
Keir, by implying genius I only mean that events are unfolding exactly as he would wish them to. I expect him to create as much friction with Cameron as he possibly can for the next 3 years until the majority of Scots are convinced of their victim status. I then expect him to call a referendum and win it.
Talk of blocking it is patent nonsense. The Scottish Parliament is a sovereign parliament. Under the Act of Union power is bestowed upon the Sovereign by the Scottish people - a slightly different position as to the one existing in England. Strictly speaking, the SNP could effectively declare the treaty void now though since they have an outright majority in the Scottish Parliament. However, that is a completely unrealistic proposition and they've promised a referendum.
Those who talk of blocking them constitutionally are living in a fantasy world. The UK is a part of the EU and the wider international community and is bound to conform to the laws and precedents that go with that.
Furthermore, when some point out that Scotland would have to apply to join the EU they seem to be ignorant of the fact that the question was already asked of the EU and it is clear the would not. They would be in exactly the same position as the other nations (remember, there are only two crowns in the United Kingdom and if you take the Scots one away the UK no longer exists) i.e. they both remain members or they both have to reapply!
Personally, I believe that Scottish independence would be more the making of England than of Scotland, not because we would be relieving ourselves of a dead weight (our financial position would be much more difficult than the Scots) but because we might make a serious effort and re-exploring our own culture. The Scots never lost their identity or their culture. They export it all over the world. Apart from the aristocracy the English have little to export and exist in a constant state of confusion as to what being English actually means from a cultural standpoint. A mediated and mutually respectful seperation could lead to a resurgance in national confidence for both countries following an era of a UK which lost it's purpose after the loss of its empire.
Stuart Eels - money wasted. Tip for you; Wales for the semis, at least. Or even Scotland not to win a match. Sorry Scots, but it it is the harsh truth it will be.
What has happened to sport in Scotland, Alex Ferguson apart? Bring back Billy Bremner I say, god rest his little ginger soul - he had the spirit.
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