If Scotland leaves the UK will Alex Salmond replace David Vance as our Dear Leader on ATW? After all A Tangled Web is a quote from Sir Walter Scott, who happened to be….A Scot. I’ve always loved Scotland and its great heritage from William Wallace to the Bay City Rollers. Edinburgh Rocks (see my earlier post on my venture there). And ever since I was a wee laddie reading Kidnapped Scotland has called me. Caledonia Abu! Stevenson, Doyle and Barrie – the trinity of youthful authors whose work touchs the adult soul. The great George McDonald Fraser. The Highlands, the Battle of Culloden, Robert Burns, St. Andrew’s course, Thistles, the moors, Tartan, Whiskey, Rob Roy, and the Unicorn. And of course the greatest prank the Irish ever played on the Scots – telling them the bagpipes was a musical instrument. I hope Scotland the Brave stays Scotland the Smart and votes No tomorrow. Sure, isn’t the fact of the vote enough to demonstrate freedom and respect! Take the high road and stay part of the UK.
The day that truly changed the World.
For the first time a nation was formed where the power rested with the People. The Rules for that Nation were signed by thirty-nine brave men. That document is The Constitution of The United States of America.
Done in convention by the unanimous consent of the states present the seventeenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven and of the independence of the United States of America the twelfth.
In witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names,
G. Washington-Presidt. and deputy from Virginia
New Hampshire: John Langdon, Nicholas Gilman
Massachusetts: Nathaniel Gorham, Rufus King
Connecticut: Wm: Saml. Johnson, Roger Sherman
New York: Alexander Hamilton
New Jersey: Wil: Livingston, David Brearly, Wm. Paterson, Jona: Dayton
Pennsylvania: B. Franklin, Thomas Mifflin, Robt. Morris, Geo. Clymer, Thos. FitzSimons, Jared Ingersoll, James Wilson, Gouv Morris
Delaware: Geo: Read, Gunning Bedford jun, John Dickinson, Richard Bassett, Jaco: Broom
Maryland: James McHenry, Dan of St Thos. Jenifer, Danl Carroll
Virginia: John Blair–, James Madison Jr.
North Carolina: Wm. Blount, Richd. Dobbs Spaight, Hu Williamson
South Carolina: J. Rutledge, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Charles Pinckney, Pierce Butler
Georgia: William Few, Abr Baldwin
Daniel Hannan reminds us that today, seveny five years ago, the Red Army fulfilled the Soviet Union’s pact with Berlin by invading Poland.
The two armies met at the town of Brest, where the 1918 peace treaty between the Kaiser’s government and Lenin’s revolutionary state had been signed. Soldiers fraternised, exchanging food and tobacco – pre-rolled German cigarettes contrasting favourably against rough Russian papirosi. A joint military parade was staged, the Wehrmacht’s field grey uniforms alongside the olive green of the shoddier Soviets. The two generals, Guderian and Krivoshein, had a slap-up lunch and, as they bade each other farewell, the Soviet commander invited German reporters to visit him in Moscow “after the victory over capitalist Albion”
And here they are, generals Guderian and Krivoshein reviewing troops in Brest.
The two totalitarian systems traded in all the necessary commodities of war: not just oil and vital chemicals, but arms and ships. They exhibited each other’s cultural achievements, performed each other’s music and films, stressed their joint hostility to Western capitalism.
The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was much more than a carve up of Poland. It really was a full-blown military alliance. They even negotiated seriously for the SU to formally join the Axis treaty. It meant also that for the 22 months of its duration, Britain stood alone against not just Nazi Germany but the Soviet Union too, which Britain planned to attack.
Which is a splendid place to be.
There have been alot of reports of Yes campaigners (thems the ones who want out of the UK) in Scotland being abusive and violent towards No campaigners. The Telegraph reports what are just the latest of many such stories, with prominent businessmen who signed a publicly published letter receiving death threats, No posters being vandalised and a partially sighted pensioner being punched in the face by a Yes supporter.
That’s the reception they save for English visitors.
Now I’m down in the great and ancient Kingdom of Wessex, not up there, and I know the press (which overwhelmingly supports the No campaign) can paint a false picture, but these reports have been coming in for a long time and I’ve heard (obviously sane) callers to BBC 5Live recount their brushes with threats and intimidation.
Whatever the outcome of the vote tomorrow, the relationship with Scotland will change, and it will be partly coloured by what seems to have become a bitter campaign in some areas. The many reports will have been noted across the UK, and alot of people won’t be minded to be too helpful if the Jocks need bailing out one day, or call for the Barnett Formula to be renewed.
I have long since come to the conclusion that economic logic and fact has no place in the mindset of the Scottish Nationalists BUT it is always worth considering the cliff they seek to hurtle over.
“An independent Scotland “would fail within a year” if it kept the pound informally and refused to take on its share of the national debt, according to an influential think-tank.
The National Institute for Economic and Social Research warned that such an approach would lead to “unprecedented” austerity in a newly-independent Scotland. Meanwhile, any attempt to effectively default would see Scotland get a “junk” credit rating from international investors, who would then push up borrowing premiums or bar Scotland from capital markets.
The think-tank also indicated that it either risked isolating Scotland in Europe or setting off a “domino effect” of other European nations defaulting on their debts. The think-tank said: “If Sterlingisation is combined [with] repudiating Scotland’s fair share of UK debt, we expect this regime would fail within a year.”
I read this somewhat troubling headline for anyone using this busy UK airport…
Anti-terror police searched a field close to Luton Airport yesterday after reports of two Asian men looking at planes with a range-finder. Armed police and sniffer dog units descended on the rural outskirts of the town after a 999 call reporting “suspicious activity.” The worried man who made the emergency call, who didn’t want to be named, said: “There were two Asian men using a range finder and they were watching the planes going past. “It just didn’t feel right so I called the police.” The alarm was raised just days after a bomb scare at the airport, and after terror chiefs raised the UK alert to “severe.” Dozens of officers were dispatched to a field in Slip End – three miles from the UK’s fifth largest airport, which has 12 million passengers per year.”
Mmm…”Asian men”. Now, what might they look like, exactly? Japanese maybe? Chinese perhaps? Thai possibly? Or, and this is just a wild guess….”men of Pakistani origin”? Now, of course this could be ALL perfectly innocent and these were just “plane spotters” but I think the media has a responsibility to STOP insulting the VAST majority of people from Asia in its determination NOT to say the M word. What say you?
Wonder what you make of this?
“Corrective rape is a hate crime wielded to convert lesbians to heterosexuality – an attempt to ‘cure’ them of being gay. The term was coined in South Africa in the early 2000s when charity workers first noticed an influx of such attacks. But despite recognition and international coverage, corrective rape in the region is escalating in severity, according to Clare Carter, the photographer behind these images. This is amid a backdrop of parts of the country “becoming more homophobic”, as one recent victim asserts.”
What sort of SAVAGES would even THINK up such an abomination? Why is this tolerated?
Saw this, wasn’t surprised but it still speaks volumes;
A DUP MP had the highest expenses bill in the whole of the UK in the last year.
Oh what a shocker!
Jim Shannon’s £229,262 claim included £38,215 on travel and £12,126 on accommodation. His tab was £15,000 more than the second highest claim, which also came from a DUP MP, the party’s North Antrim representative Ian Paisley jnr.
Ah, who says the DUP does not lead the way?