- Good speech by David Cameron
I’m Scottish and have lived in England for the last 25 years. I’ve never met an English person that gave a sh!t whether Scotland was part of the union or not. A much more interesting vote would be to get the English to vote whether the Scots should stay in the Union. I think the Scots might get a surprise.
For all the English worried they’d be saddled with Tory governments for ever if Scotland left the Union don’t worry. There’s never been a majority Labour Government that’s depended on the Scottish vote for its majority.Posted 6 years agoepicycloSubscriber
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…A much more interesting vote would be to get the English to vote whether the Scots should stay in the Union. I think the Scots might get a surprise….
I don’t think so.
What other countries think of our desire for self-determination is irrelevant.Posted 6 years agoconvertSubscriber
It’s interesting reading this debate but my feelings are that those with pro independence thoughts, especially those still living in Scotland often make the classic mistake of referring to England but actually meaning London and the commutable belt around it. It’s a historically reoccurring theme for those that live outside of a capital city to feel alienated for political, social, cultural and financial reasons. Capital cities are different – big business and finance naturally migrate there and there is also a population immigration and emigration within the nation of those that want to chase power and wealth into capital cities and those that don’t away from capital cities.
In this way I’m convinced those living in most of the rest of the UK (away from the home counties) feel the same way towards London as a lot of Scots do; it’s just that living within England they are able to disassociate London from England in general where often the Scots in general are too socially lazy or unaware to bother.
But here’s the rub – this is not a British problem or even a modern problem – distrust and social divorce from a capital city is a phenomena the world over and has been for all of history. And to TJ and his ilk living in Edinburgh… the uncomfortable fact is that the outlying areas of Scotland feel just about as disenfranchised with Edinburgh already for exactly the same reasons as they do with London. Cultural, historical and financial diversity within Scotland is almost as large as it is within the UK at large. IF Scottish independence goes ahead I guarantee that within my lifetime the disparity between Scotland’s capital city the rest of country will have increased with the “common enemy” the English vanquished and exactly the same levels of dissatisfaction will have emerged within the new smaller nation. This is way it has always been the world over and will ever be so.
Declaration – born in the Highlands, parents have now returned to he Highlands – lived in England most of my life – think of myself as British first and would have had to think long and hard if I was to represent Scotland or England at the Commonwealth games if I’d been a little better at my chosen sport.Posted 6 years agoaracerSubscriber
For all the English worried they’d be saddled with Tory governments for ever if Scotland left the Union don’t worry. There’s never been a majority Labour Government that’s depended on the Scottish vote for its majority.
Er, October 1974, total seats 635, seats won by Labour 319, majority 3. Total seats excluding Scotland 564, seats won by Labour excluding Scotland 279, majority excluding Scotland -6.Posted 6 years ago
Well David Dimbleby’s researcher on Question Time got it wrong then. However one election victory for Labour in the last 70 years that depended on the Scottish vote is hardly evidence for Tory domination should Scotland make a UDI.
Epicyclo I just said it would be interesting I’m not daft enough to believe it would ever happen. However I believe that if Scotland did vote for independence there would be zero resistance from most of the English population.Posted 6 years agojota180Member
I find it frankly odd that everyone in the union might not get a say in independence for Scotland. Are the positives for Scotland mentioned thus far not negatives for the rest of the union
Now if the polls are to be believed the vote could go either way
so – imagine if the good folks of Scotland voted to stay in the union and the rest of the UK voted for them to leavePosted 6 years ago
How embarrassing would that be?
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