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Frail Britannia?

September 2nd, 2014 - 5:15 am

The Scots might actually vote to break up the United Kingdom:

With less than three weeks to go to a referendum that could end the 307-year-old political union at the heart of the UK, a YouGov survey for the Sun newspaper put the pro-union lead at just 6 percentage points, excluding undecided voters, down from 22 points less than a month ago and 14 points in mid-August.

The poll offers a huge morale boost to campaigners for a Yes vote in this month’s independence referendum, particularly since YouGov has consistently reported relatively low levels of support for independence compared with other pollsters.

“If even YouGov have it this close, then you better believe we’re winning this folks,” tweeted one independence supporter.

Six point is still a lot of ground to make up, and the practical and political problems of independence are just too great for me to believe the Scots would go for it. This looks to me like little more than some late-breaking enthusiasm for an initiative nobody believes will really pass, so it’s easy for Scottish voters to tell a pollster Yes.

On the other hand, I’ve seen some crazy election results.

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Some crazy election results?

I can think of a couple of election results, say, in the last six years, that I would describe not just as crazy but as blithering, gibbering basket-case results in need of immediate sedation because of their tendency to hurt people.

Not big on seeing the UK split, though. Then again, maybe Scotland can save itself from the Islamist wave swallowing England if it leaves.

But I wouldn't bet cash on it.
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Scotland deserves what's coming to it. They've gone pretty socialist. They've even passed a law that essentially says that if you touch (literally, come into contact with) a woman that's had a even one alcoholic drink, you're committing sexual assault, if not rape.

Let them go.
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Well, as long is costs me nothing -- Go Scotland!
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Somewhere I read a comment (I think it might have been here) pointing out that if Labor-voting Scotland leaves the Union, control of Westminster becomes essentially a contest between UKIP and Conservatives.

Which could be very interesting....

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Being partly of Scottish extraction, I emotionally want an independent Scotland. But politically and economically it doesn't make sense. And for the land of Adam Smith to go full bore socialist, I'm just irritated with them right now.
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OTOH

If this measure does succeed and the UK breaks up (I don't think Wales and N Ireland will hang around much longer) will that portend a similar movement in the USA? The rivalries and some outright malevolence between our regions make that a not-insignificant possibility.
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We can't even bust up California.
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Probably not. The US has far more glue holding it together, even in the face of the last six years of utter stupidity.
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I doubt independence will be all that and a bag of crisps should it be achieved. But g'luck to the haggis eaters.
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Rotterdam has given the scots a vivid example of just how small Great Britain has become.
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Even if the referendum fails, almost half the Scottish population will have signaled it wants out of the Union. That can't be good for the UK's future.

On the other hand, maybe the Scots are just blowing off steam. Nearly half the Quebecois voted for independence a generation ago, and then went back to sleep.
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The Quebecois realized that they have about 7 billion good reasons each year to stay in the Canadian federation.
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"The Hanoverian succession is nought but a sham! Will ye' no come back again, Bonnie Prince?"
If it passes, the first thing the Scots should do is break off relations with London and open an Embassy in Paris. That'll put a twist in the Queen's knickers.
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