September 18th, 2014 | No Comments
Gandhi: Mr. Kinnoch, I beg you to accept that there is no people on Earth who would not prefer their own bad government to the good government of an alien power.
12th Doctor: It’s good I’m Scottish. I’m Scottish. I am Scottish. I can complain about things, I can really complain about things.
Doctor Who Deep Breath 2014
I’ve written nothing about Scottish independence to this point and other than security I don’t really care one way or the other. As far as I’m concerned as long as the Scots don’t ally themselves with our enemies or suddenly decide to invade England or send the Black Watch to fight on the side of ISIS it doesn’t matter to me one jot if the Cross of St. Andrew or the Union Jack flies over Edinburgh Castle. The Scots are a first world country, highly educated, schooled in democracy and if they want to govern themselves I see no reason why they shouldn’t have a go at it
There is however one suggestion that I would make to our Scottish friends. I’d ask for a clause in any separation deal that calls for a 2nd referendum in 40 years on reunification with England.
Because right now the left and the greens are likely going to be running your new country for a while and given their proclivities, your primary assets of Oil & Whiskey are most certainly going to be used to create a socialist welfare state which will become a magnet for those seeking relief. It will be the ultimate test of the wisdom of the Socialist / Green agenda for the entire world to see.
Meanwhile on the other side of Hadrian’s wall we will see the exact opposite. Without their kilted collection of votes England will most certainly move farther to the right on all kinds of issues. With luck you might even see some of the excesses of the welfare state rolled back.
I think it would be a grand experiment on both sides of the border and the results will say plenty.
Now I suspect the Scots, being a sensible if quarrelsome people will only need a few election cycles to figure out that however nice socialism is when paid for in English pounds, if it’s paid for in Scottish pounds I’ll wager it will be a different story and I doubt the far left would be able to repress them a/la Venezuela if they choose to say enough!
It it turns out however I’m wrong, if the Scots don’t figure it out or are too stubborn to let it go they might want to have that 2nd referendum available so they can decide to rejoined the British fold as one United Kingdom.
The real question at that time is this: Would an England freed of a large block of the Socialist labor vote choose to have them back?
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