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  • British Labour Party Bias is Appalling

    09/24/2014 7:51:01 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/24/14 | Barry Shaw
    If Miliband wants peace let him task his Labour Friends of Palestine to produce a reformed, pragmatic Hamas. Persuade Fatah-led Palestinian Authority to recognize the right of the Jewish people to live in peace in the Land of Israel Statements made by Ed Miliband and his Shadow Foreign Minister, Douglas Alexander at the Labour Party Conference on Monday, September 22, were appalling for their one-sided bias against Israel. Although they paid lip service to a condemnation of “Hamas rockets and the terrorization of civilian populations” the only use of the word “illegal” was in reference to Israeli building, and the...
  • Juncker rejects UK push for independent scrutiny of EU laws

    09/27/2014 7:41:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 09/26/2014 11:39 | James Crisp
    The new European Commission has rejected the UK Government’s call to set up an independent body to scrutinize EU regulation and impact assessments before and after legislative proposals are adopted by the executive. Jean-Claude Juncker’s spokeswoman, Natasha Bertaud, told EurActiv that impact assessments would remain an internal matter before proposals were adopted. Frans Timmermans, Juncker’s choice for the new post of vice president in charge of better regulation, would ensure their quality, she said, after pointing to EU treaties governing Commission procedures. Currently, research on the impact of regulation is looked over by an internal Commission department. It is then...
  • Parliament recalled over air strikes on Islamic State in Iraq

    09/24/2014 12:57:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | September 24, 2014
    Parliament is to be recalled on Friday to discuss the UK's possible involvement in air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Prime Minister David Cameron said MPs should respond to the Iraqi government's request for help. He added that the UK "should not turn away from what needs to be done". The Liberal Democrats are backing air strikes in Iraq and Labour leader Ed Miliband has confirmed his support, saying the UK cannot "opt out". Meanwhile, the Foreign Office has said it is "aware" of reports that a British national has died in Syria, but it has "no further...
  • Miliband REJECTS English votes for English laws and accuses Cameron of playing politics

    09/26/2014 12:45:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 21 September 2014 | Tom McTague
    Labour leader says he's open to English-only 'scrutiny' of law but not vetoes. He refused to back English votes for English laws after being asked 13 times. Mr Miliband claims move was drawn up on back of a 'fag packet' by the PM . David Cameron said if Scotland gets new powers so should England. But Mr Miliband said the proposal would mean our 'Parliament being split up'. Mr Miliband says he's 'not in favour of a Commons that becomes divided'. Labour has 41 MPs in Scotland which could help it form a majority next year . ... Why should...
  • Scots Vote Against Independence, but Controversy Continues in Britain

    09/26/2014 1:32:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Last week, the voters of Scotland, in a heavy turnout and from age 16 up, decided not to disunite what has been arguably one of the most successful and beneficial nations over the last 307 years, the necessarily clunkily named United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It was a relatively close-run thing: 45 percent voted for an independent Scotland, just 383,000 fewer than voted for Scotland to remain part of the now-not-necessary-to-be-renamed UK. Had Queen Elizabeth II not allowed herself to be overheard telling a churchside crowd that Scottish voters should "think very carefully" about the issue, the...
  • Scottish Independence Referendum

    09/25/2014 4:57:37 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 11 replies
    Self ^ | September 26, 2014 | Huckfillary
    American secessionists and states' rights advocates are rightly disappointed by the outcome of the September 18 Scottish Independence Referendum.  Given the decisiveness of the outcome, the result was probably never in doubt. The Queen didn't even have to break a sweat, in keeping with her lifelong abstinence from productive labor.  I'll bet she's never even broken a fingernail polishing the royal silverware.  But I digress. Americans of every political persuasion have every reason to be troubled by the Scottish plebiscite. Not because of the outcome, but because we do not have the same right to secede from our Union by...
  • The West and National Identity

    09/22/2014 1:13:56 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 22, 2014 | Avi Davis
    On Friday morning the Scottish people must felt like the failed suicide who awakes in hospital the next day and wonders to himself: "Now why in the hell did I do a stupid thing like that?" The convincing drubbing that the independence movement took on Thursday should have made most Scots aware of how facile and threadbare were their ideas of separation. Without a solid financial structure, with the threat of the UK withdrawing the usage of the English pound and with the EU 's own president declaring how difficult it would be for Scotland to gain entry into the...
  • Salmond threatens unilateral declaration of independence

    09/22/2014 12:43:04 AM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 19 replies
    Alex Salmond has raised the prospect of Scotland unilaterally declaring independence without another referendum as he abandoned his promise to accept the result and claimed that No voters were “tricked”. Despite it being illegal, the First Minister argued the Scottish Parliament could say Scotland was leaving the United Kingdom at the point at which it had been devolved so many powers it was effectively independent. The First Minister appeared to blame elderly Scots, who were most hostile to leaving the UK, for holding back younger generations and argued that independence is inevitable after they die off
  • The Difference Between Scotland And Catalonia (In 1 Cartoon)

    09/21/2014 7:20:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/21/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Democracy...?  Source: Cagle via Sunday Funnies
  • Justice Secretary Grayling tells Scots MPs: Get off my lawn

    09/21/2014 6:57:09 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 8 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 9/20/2014 | Tim Ross
    Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, warns of a "travesty of democracy" if Scottish MPs are allowed to have a say over English laws A senior Cabinet minister tells Scottish Labour MPs to get off his territory, in a dramatic escalation of the battle for the future of British democracy. Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, accuses Labour of seeking to erase England from the map of the United Kingdom as he declares that Scottish MPs should be banned from voting on his legal reforms. Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Grayling says the constitutional shake-up after the Scottish independence referendum must deliver...
  • Scottish Vote Rigging?

    09/20/2014 3:39:31 PM PDT · by Revel · 30 replies
    This is a video showing some pretty suspicious happenings in the Scottish election. Of course it will go nowhere. Watch the video before you Yell----Kook!
  • Following Scotland’s lead: 25% of USA residents open to breaking away

    09/20/2014 5:09:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/20/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    On Thursday evening, what was touted as a nail-biter of a vote in Scotland which would determine if the country would break away from the United Kingdom turned out to not even be close. By a vote of 55 to 45 percent, Scotland decided that it would remain a member of the union of which it has been a part since 1707. Americans were… unimpressed. First, the lack of exit polling and the methodical counting of votes ensured that those watching the coverage of the independence ballot had to wait until the late hours of the evening to get...
  • Scottish Independence Leader Appears to Equate Israel, Islamic State

    09/15/2014 7:31:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 9/15/14 | Lazar Berman
    Days before Scotland votes in a referendum on independence from Great Britain, the Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond appeared to equate Islamic State terrorism and Israel’s military campaign this summer against Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. Speaking on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, the separatist leader responded to a question about the beheading at the weekend of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State, describing the murder as an act “of unspeakable barbarism” and later stressing, “The Muslim community of Scotland isn’t responsible in any shape or form for atrocities or extremism in
  • Liam Neeson speaks out in favor of gun control (Hypocrite Alert!)

    09/20/2014 11:41:43 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 104 replies
    Facebook/TakenMovies Liam Neeson, legendary Irish actor and star of such films as Takenand Non-Stop, does not identify with the hardcore, gun-toting action heroes he so often portrays. "I am totally for gun control in the U.S.," Neeson said in an interview with The Independent. "The population of America is roughly 300 million and there are 300 million guns in this country, which is terrifying." Neeson criticized the National Rifle Association's response to the 2012 shooting in Newton, Connecticut, which the actor summarized as, "If that teacher had been armed..." "It's crazy," Neeson said. "I'll give Britain its dues, when they had the Dunblane...
  • SCOTLAND SAYS NO! But clear poll result triggers a constitutional earthquake

    09/19/2014 1:13:03 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 68 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 19 September 2014 | Matt Chorley
    Alex Salmond today admitted defeat in his battle for Scottish independence, as almost two million people voted to remain in the United Kingdom. On the worst day of his political life, the First Minister tried to put a brave face on the electorate’s crushing verdict, claiming that it showed only that a majority had decided ‘at this stage’ not to become an independent country. But with all councils declared, No had secured 55 per cent of the vote, a 10-point lead which will trigger speculation about whether Mr Salmond can survive as leader of the Scottish Nationalists. The Queen has...
  • Violence in Glasgow as loyalists attack pro-independence supporters

    09/19/2014 6:16:22 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 29 replies
    The UK Guardian ^ | 9/19/14 | Libby Brooks
    There were angry scenes in Glasgow on Friday night as a group of young pro-union supporters clashed with pro-independence supporters who had been gathering in George Square throughout the day. Police acted to separate a small group of pro-independence supporters from a group of skinheads believed to have marched from the loyalist pub the Louden Tavern in nearby Duke Street. Individuals argued over the referendum result and a chorus of Rule Britannia was countered by Flower of Scotland. As the evening wore on, and the yes supporters dispersed, more loyalists converged on the square, many of them draped in union...
  • Philippe Couillard says Quebec-Scotland vote comparisons 'risky'

    09/19/2014 5:11:47 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    CBC News ^ | 09/19/2014 | Janyce McGregor
    Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says Scotland's referendum was an example of the same kind of "healthy" tension that exists in Quebec's democracy, but the comparisons stop there, as federal politicians from John Baird to Stéphane Dion welcomed the defeat of Scottish independence. "It is an example of a healthy state of tension in sub-national states in countries like U.K. or Canada between a strong feeling of identity, which I think Scots and Quebecers have in common, and at the same time the desire to belong to a larger political organization, the U.K. or Canada," Couillard said Friday. "All comparisons after...
  • David Cameron Vows More Powers for England After Scotland Vote

    09/19/2014 1:19:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    nbc ^ | September 19th 2014 | Alexander Smith
    Like Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own regional parliaments... However, England's lack of a similar legislative body has led to a messy situation where Scottish lawmakers can vote on issues that only affect England at the U.K.-wide Westminster parliament ... Just as Scotland will vote separately…on their issues of tax, spending and welfare, so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these issues
  • Alex Salmond resigns as Scottish First Minister

    09/19/2014 9:50:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | September 19, 2014 | Simon Johnson
    Alex Salmond has left the Scottish Nationalists in turmoil after announcing he is to resign as First Minister and SNP leader only hours their decisive defeat in the independence referendum. Mr Salmond said his party, the Edinburgh parliament and Scotland would “benefit from new leadership” after voters rejected by a margin of 55 per cent to 45 per cent his plan to leave the UK.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Alex Salmond resigns hours after Scotland votes no to independence

    09/19/2014 8:55:10 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 112 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 19 September 2014 | Tom McTague & Matt Chorley
    Alex Salmond this afternoon dramatically quit as Scotland's First Minister after voters rejected independence in yesterday's referendum. The First Minister said he would stand down in November to let the next generation take over the fight to lead Scotland out of the Union. Mr Salmond announced his departure at a press conference this afternoon. He said his 'party, Parliament and country' would benefit from 'new leadership'. But he fired a warning shot at David Cameron not to go back on his promise to transfer sweeping new powers to Holyrood within six months.
  • The Other Scottish Decision

    09/19/2014 3:55:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September19, 2014 | Mark Davis
    While Scotland’s voters weighed whether to separate from the United Kingdom Thursday, another decision involved its most famous institution separating from 260 years of tradition. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews voted overwhelmingly to admit women, echoing a similar decision at the far younger Augusta National Golf Club in 2012. In both cases, a private organization made a decision it was entitled to make. But the environment surrounding both decisions, and the reactions thereafter, paint a disturbing portrait of a thickening cultural fog. Let us begin with a premise that will drop jaws on both sides of...
  • In full: David Cameron statement on the UK's future (Partial Excerpt)

    09/19/2014 12:53:38 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/19/2014 | Prime Minister David Cameron
    "I have long believed that a crucial part missing from this national discussion is England. "We have heard the voice of Scotland - and now the millions of voices of England must also be heard. "The question of English votes for English laws - the so-called West Lothian question -requires a decisive answer. "So, just as Scotland will vote separately in the Scottish Parliament on their issues of tax, spending and welfare so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these issues and all this must take place in tandem with, and...
  • Europe goes back to the Middle Ages: Map shows how patchwork continent would look if every

    09/17/2014 6:42:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 17, 2014 | Sam Webb
    This map shows how Europe would look if every separatist movement was granted its dream of independence. With the Scottish referendum just days away, the issue of regions breaking away from their traditional rulers is looming large over the continent. The map features well-known separatist movements, such as the powerful and vocal Basque Nationalist movement in northern Spain and southwestern France, as well as the more obscure, such as the Savoyan League, which supports the independence of the Savoy region of France, which has a population of around 405,500.
  • Scotland’s Independence Vote Shows a Global Crisis of the Elites

    09/18/2014 7:11:01 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/18/2014 | Pulse of the People
    When you get past the details of the Scottish independence referendum Thursday, there is a broader story underway, one that is also playing out in other advanced nations. It is a crisis of the elites. Scotland’s push for independence is driven by a conviction — one not ungrounded in reality — that the British ruling class has blundered through the last couple of decades. The same discontent applies to varying degrees in the United States and, especially, the eurozone. It is, in many ways, a defining feature of our time. The details of Scotland’s grievances are almost the diametrical opposite...
  • Election Returns from Scotland Live on C-Span3

    09/18/2014 6:53:38 PM PDT · by Intolerant in NJ
    C-Span3 | 18 September, 2014
    C-Span3 is carrying the election returns live from Scotland - so far no's are winning by 59-41%, but only 3 of the smaller 32 councils (states) have reported - final results are not expected for about another four hours......
  • Scottish independence: First referendum results declared

    09/18/2014 6:04:31 PM PDT · by blueyon · 264 replies
    BBC.com ^ | 9/18/14 | ?
    The first results are coming in for the referendum to decide whether Scotland should stay in the UK or become an independent country.
  • Rupert Murdoch: Scottish Vote Is Just a Symptom of Global ‘Anti-establishment Groundswell’

    09/18/2014 4:17:16 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | 18 Sep 14 | Brendan Bordelon
    On the eve of the vote for Scottish independence, Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch explained that the election is merely a symptom of an ”anti-establishment groundswell” sweeping through the Western world. On Friday Murdoch spoke about the impending vote with Fox News’s Neil Cavuto. “I think there’s meaning in this, and I think it goes beyond Scotland,” he said via phone. “There’s a great anti-establishment groundswell which is seen in this vote in Scotland. You’re seeing it here in Britain in the anti-European party, whose one single issue is to get out of Europe. And I think you’re seeing it...
  • Scottish independence: Latest YouGov poll predicts No win (54-46)

    09/18/2014 3:34:02 PM PDT · by mojito · 41 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 9/18/2014 | Unattributed
    THE last YouGov poll of the Scottish independence referendum has suggested the No campaign has edged ahead with 54% of the vote compared to 46% of Scots voting Yes. YouGov bases its prediction on the responses of 1,828 people after they voted today, together with those of 800 people who had already voted by post. Today’s respondents had previously given their voting intention earlier this week. By recontacting them, we could assess any last-minute shift in views.
  • Could Bitcoin Become Scotland’s Official Currency?

    09/18/2014 2:31:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | September 16, 2014 | Josh Harkinson
    A reliable medium of exchange is the biggest obstacle to Scottish independence. Enter the world's leading crypto-coinage.With Thursday's Scottish independence referendum too close to call, opponents of an independent Scotland have been stressing the would-be country's lack of a reliable currency. An independent Scotland could either keep using the British pound and lose control of its monetary policy, join the eurozone's well-known squabbles, or create a new national currency that's almost certain to be weak. But there's an intriguing fourth option: adopting an online crypto-currency such as Bitcoin. Scotland actually has some historical experience with this sort of thing: Instead...
  • CNN Poll: 110% of Scottish Population Have Decided on Independence; 58% Say Yes, 52% No

    09/18/2014 1:53:19 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 54 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 9/18/14 | Aurelius
    In a new report from CNN, televised live today, 110% of Scots have made their decision on independence, with 58% saying "yes," and 52% voting "no." This picture actually made it to the air: In case you can do math better than CNN's copy editor, that adds up to more than 100% of Scotland's populace. And as you also probably know, 110% of an electorate cannot vote on a referendum (unless there is massive voter fraud). The flub occurred during Brooke Baldwin's three o'clock show this afternoon, the 18th of September. When the mistake was made, nothing was said, and...
  • +++ SCOTTISH REFERENDUM LIVE BLOG +++

    09/18/2014 12:34:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 183 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | September 18, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Follow Breitbart London's LIVE coverage of the Scottish Independence Referendum on our live blog below: James Chapman (Mail) @jameschappers Kids at Yes rally outside Scottish Parliament. Pipes playing. Feels like a vigil #indyref 2:06 PM - 18 Sep 2014 5 Retweets 3 favorites 09/18 14:06 by Donna Edmunds Back in October last year Russell Brand made waves by urging people to incite revolution by not voting. He admitted in an interview with Jeremy Paxman that he had never voted, and never intended to, but went on to exhort people not to vote, claiming that democracy needed to be swept away....
  • Shetland may reconsider its place in Scotland after yes vote, says minister

    09/18/2014 11:28:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | September 17, 2014 | Esther Addley
    Oil-rich Shetland may consider becoming a self-governing territory like the Isle of Man rather than stay part of an independent Scotland in the event of a yes vote, the Scotland secretary, Alistair Carmichael, has said. In an interview with the Guardian, Carmichael said if Shetland were to vote strongly against independence but the Scottish national vote was narrowly in favour, then a "conversation about Shetland's position and the options that might be open to it" would begin.
  • What Offshore Oil Might Mean for an Independent Scotland

    09/18/2014 8:10:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    American Interest ^ | September 17, 2014 | WALTER RUSSELL MEAD & STAFF
    There’s still plenty left to parse ahead of Scotland’s historic independence referendum tomorrow, not the least of which are very real concerns over what a “yes” vote might mean for the country’s energy ambitions. The North Sea is lousy with oil deposits (though production from many of these seems to be tapering off), and many of the pro-independence agitators have campaigned on a desire to claim more of the revenues from these offshore plays. But as the New York Times reports, these fields could prove fractious for the Scotland-UK relationship: [A] yes vote on Thursday could lead to protracted wrangling...
  • Murray signals support for Scottish independence

    09/18/2014 7:12:19 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    tennis.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | ap
    After carefully avoiding taking a side on the issue, former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray changed course Thursday and signaled his support for Scottish independence on the day of the historic vote. The Scottish player sent out a post on Twitter early Thursday, just hours ahead of the polls opening on the referendum to break away from the United Kingdom. Murray indicated that negative campaigning by the anti-independence side had made up his mind in favor of secession. He tweeted to his 2.7 million followers: ''Huge day for Scotland today! no campaign negativity last few days totally swayed my view on...
  • Wolf and lynx could be re-introduced to UK

    11/30/2007 1:31:03 PM PST · by Daniel Bliss · 41 replies · 89+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 11/29/07 | Paul Eccleston
    Bringing back animals which were hunted to extinction in Britain - including the wolf, lynx, beaver and wild boar - would not be difficult, according to a new report. The animals could be brought back to live free in the wild without posing any great threat to people, crops or the environment, it is claimed. A report from the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University (WCRU) said while further work needed to be done on their impact, there was no obvious reason to block their return. The animals roaming free in remote areas would enhance the natural environment and...
  • Is the vote on Separation for Scotland a referendum on Progressives?

    09/17/2014 5:43:18 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 8 replies
    9/17/2014 | Self
    As the Scottish vote for independence hangs over London like a fog, I sit back and wonder why (if yes wins)? Up to young adulthood, when I thought of England I thought of the Queen, Knights of the round table, 007, William Shakespeare ... all the historical fact or fictional persona. Now, after some 50 years I think of unfettered Muslim immigration who have no plan to acclimate to their new country, but have come to change it, change it by bankrupting it through social welfare and high birthrates and are being enabled by European Progressives. I wonder if Scotland...
  • The Scottish Play

    09/17/2014 3:01:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    It's an old superstition among actors, who tend to avoid calling one of Shakespeare's tragedies by its name, which is supposed to invite disaster. It's like the way they avoid wishing each other good luck opening night lest they jinx it, preferring to say something like Break a Leg -- but here's hoping that Thursday's referendum on independence for Scotland will prove a flop, and a resounding one. So this issue can be settled definitively, and stay settled. Instead of being decided by the razor-thin margin some of the polls have predicted. So it won't hang around indefinitely, like Banquo's...
  • Will Scotland vote yes: Bookies change their odds on Scottish independence

    09/17/2014 1:49:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    City AM ^ | 09/17/2014 | by Billy Ehrenberg
    After a few days of relatively small changes, most bookies have changed their odds on a Scottish Yes vote.Of 23 bookies, only one (Betway) thought it more likely than yesterday that Scotland would vote Yes, while all but two showed odds shortening on a No vote.By doing some simple maths it is possible to work out the implied percentages, and betting companies have their money firmly on a No vote. The median probability across 23 bookies is that there is an 83.3 per cent chance the UK will stay together and a 22.2 per cent chance of a split.This...
  • Why are liberals so vehemently, rabidly against Scotland's Independence? (Vanity)

    09/17/2014 12:52:26 PM PDT · by paladinan · 72 replies
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  • Why Scotland looks like the canary in the independence coal mine

    09/17/2014 12:11:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/17/2014 | Mark Leonard
    Scotland’s drive to independence has been interpreted by many as a throwback to ancient identity politics – but many of the trends on display in the Scottish referendum have more to do with the politics of the future than those of the past. The polls show that this week’s vote is too close to call. There is still a chance that the “No” campaign will ultimately prevail – something that I dearly hope will happen both for the sake of the Scots and the rest of the Britain. But whatever the result of the vote, I think we must recognize...
  • Sir Sean Connery's tax exile status keeps him away from independence debate, says brother

    09/17/2014 8:06:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | September 16, 2014 | Auslan Cramb
    Sir Sean Connery, the SNP’s most famous supporter, is not planning to make a last-minute appearance for the Yes campaign because of his tax exile status, according to his brother. There has been speculation that the 84-year-old actor, who lives in the Bahamas, could make a morale-boosting intervention for the Yes camp at the 11th hour. But his younger brother Neil, 76, speaking in Edinburgh, said: “There's only a certain amount of days Sean can be in the country for tax reasons, so I know that he intends to use them wisely."
  • The Scottish Disease: The Scots are not alone in dreaming of secession

    09/17/2014 6:21:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/17/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    On Thursday, Scotland will decide whether it intends to remain part of the United Kingdom or go its own way as a separate nation. Inspired, Catalonia has renewed its campaign for independence from Spain. Earlier this week, it became clear that San Francisco venture capitalist Tim Draper’s “Six Californias” initiative — which would have seen the state subdivided into six new polities, in effect allowing affluent Silicon Valley to secede from the state’s poor interior and the vulgarians down south — would not proceed to the ballot, having failed to secure sufficient signatures in the petition stage. Secession talk, indulged...
  • Bill Clinton: Vote ‘no’ in Scotland

    09/17/2014 5:35:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jonathan Topaz
    Former President Bill Clinton has issued a statement urging Scots to reject the upcoming independence referendum. In a statement released through the pro-unity Better Together campaign, the 42nd president said Scots could send “a powerful message of both identity and inclusion” by voting to stay within the United Kingdom.
  • Britons gather stones at Scotland-England border to support the union before vote

    09/16/2014 11:28:05 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 44 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Sept 16, 2014 | Griff Witte
    ... “When a relationship breaks, when one part of your country is trying to get a divorce, it doesn’t work to just say, ‘You’re never going to be able to survive on your own. You’re going to be too poor. You’re going to come running back,’ ” said Rory Stewart, a Parliament member who represents the English side of the border. He helped to lay the first stone in July and has overseen the cairn’s construction ever since. “You have to say, ‘I love you.’ ”
  • The Seriously Nasty Party: With one day to go, damning evidence of the bullying intimidation…

    09/16/2014 4:54:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:59 EST, 16 September 2014 | John Stevens
    The dark side of the campaign for Scottish independence can be laid bare today. In a string of sinister incidents, separatists have used bullying and intimidation to cow their rivals. Pro-union voters have endured stone-throwing, been called traitors and faced threats that their houses will be torched. Many are now said to be too scared to show their support for fear of reprisals that might follow a defeat for the nationalists in tomorrow’s vote. …
  • Sean Connery on Scottish Independence

    09/16/2014 9:23:34 AM PDT · by all the best · 98 replies
    New Staesman ^ | March 4, 2014 | Sean Connery
    Having been on this journey to independence for more than 50 years, it seems to me that the arguments have been kicked about like a bladder on a beach. But as the 18 September approaches and, one by one, the scare stories are burst, a new sense of opportunity and hope for the future is now in sight. Scotland has an opportunity to make a step change. More than anything else, culture defines a country. It provides international visibility and stimulates global interest more than a nation’s politics, business or economy ever can. So, with our colourful history, strong identity,...
  • In Scotland, 'Aye' Means No to England

    09/16/2014 9:11:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Should Scotland be an independent country?" reads the referendum on which Scotland will vote Thursday. Voters have two choices -- yes or no. Queen Elizabeth II went so far as to tell Scots on Sunday, "I hope people will think very carefully about the future." The queen was savvy to urge Scots to look ahead, not behind. The Scottish Parliament building opened in 2004 after the Scotland Act 1978 allowed for local control. It is a marvel of modern architecture located off Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Its open architecture and use of glass, oak and sycamore display a determination to root...
  • What Would Braveheart Do?

    09/16/2014 9:04:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    No matter how the vote turns out on Thursday in Scotland, either for independence or continued union with Britain, the disintegration of the Old Continent appears almost inevitable. Already the British government has conceded that, even if the Scots vote for union, Edinburgh will receive greater powers to rule itself. Cheering for the breakup of the U.K. are Catalans and Basques, Bretons and Corsicans, Tyroleans, Venetians, Flemish, all dreaming of nations of their own carved out of Spain, France, Italy and Belgium. Europe's secessionists have waxed ever stronger since the last decade of the 20th century when the Soviet Union...
  • Up to a Point: A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster

    09/16/2014 6:34:55 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 74 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 9-13-2014 | P. J. O’Rourke
    <p>This coming Thursday the Scots will vote on whether to make Scotland an independent nation. And I hope they do because it will be a disaster.</p> <p>I don’t say this as a prejudiced Irishman. Even though the thistle-arse sheep-shagger Scots swiped Ulster and sent a herd of Presbyterian proddy dogs and porridge wogs to squat on our land and won the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 by using unfair—indeed, unheard of —- organization, discipline, and tactics on an Irish battlefield. We Micks only hold a grudge about such things for 300 years or so.</p>
  • Book Review: 'Robert the Bruce' by Michael Penman

    09/16/2014 2:10:48 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Sept. 12, 2014 | Barton Swaim
    It is one of the tragedies of recent cultural history that, thanks to Mel Gibson's preposterous movie "Braveheart," the world knows more about William Wallace's short-lived Scottish rebellion of 1296-97 than about Robert the Bruce. For it was Bruce who, after 18 years of plotting and war making, finally threw off the yoke of the English king and consolidated a sense of Scottish identity. "Never will we on any conditions be subjected to the lordship of the English," said the Declaration of Arbroath, a diplomatic letter commissioned by Bruce in 1320. "It is in truth not for glory, nor riches,...