Tag: Scotland

This week on the UK’s Fastest Growing Podcast® James and Toby ruminate about the relationship between the English and the Scots and lament what the SNP has done to it – and that’s just the beginning of a very full show.

What does Donald Trump’s Covid diagnosis mean to the US election and what’s more of a threat – disease or Big Tech?  (#DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal the Election by Allum Bokhari)

James attended  Saturday’s anti-lockdown march in Trafalgar Square and tells Toby about the aggressive behavior of the riot police. The government’s contact tracing app turns out to be a real abomination and university students are now paying for the privilege of being locked in their residency halls with the threat of losing £8,500 (US$10,914) if they stray. Will they really vote Tory in the future? How about Laurence Fox’s new party?

Also, Toby praises Tehran on Apple TV+ and James finally gets stuck into The Boys Season 2.

Quote of the Day: Two Kingdoms

 

“Sir, we will humblie reverence your Majestie always, namlie in public, but sen we have this occasioun to be with your Majestie in privat, and the treuthe is, yie ar brought in extream danger bathe of your lyff and croun, and with yow, the country and Kirk of Christ is lyk to wrak, for nocht telling yow the treuthe, and giffen of yow fathfull counsall, we mon (must) discharge our dewtie thairin, or els be trators bathe to Christ and yow! And thairfor Sir, as divers tymes befor, sa now again, I mon tell yow, thair is twa Kings and twa Kingdomes in Scotland. Thair is Chryst Jesus the King, and his Kingdome the Kirk, whase subject King James the Saxt is, and of whose kingdome nocht a king, nor a lord, nor a heid, bot a member! And they whome Chryst hes callit and commandit to watch over his Kirk, and govern his spirituall kingdome, hes sufficient powar of him, and authoritie sa to do, bathe togidder and severalie; the quhilk na Christian King or Prince sould control and discharge, but fortifie and assist, utherwayes nocht fathfull subjects nor members of Chryst.” — Andrew Melville

There have always been some folks who did not care what consequences might befall them, they would speak the truth as they understood it, even if it meant telling a king he was but “God’s sillie vassal.” Bless all such men.

Richard Epstein uses the recent push for independence in Spain’s Catalonia region to consider the question of when separatist movements are justified in pursuing independent statehood—and how they should go about it.

The UK Survives

 

About seven hours ago, the BBC called the vote for Scottish Independence in favor the “No” camp. I guess Long Shanks wins this one. Now we get to see Westminster try to give the Scotts more devolution, but without independence.

Watching the results come in was very anticlimactic. I guess the Scotts didn’t have that much rebellion in them after all.

Aye or Nae, Smaller Nations on the Rise

 

Today’s vote in Scotland, no matter the result, continues the trend of smaller and smaller nations. Scotland raises the question of how big a state should be. We are living through a period of the collapse of large nations into smaller, more homogenous, parts. There were 74 independent states at the end of World War II. There are about 195 today. Nation-states could be broken up into even smaller and smaller pieces, even into city-states like the ancient Greek world or Renaissance Italy.

Where does it end? Not now.

If the Scots Secede, Who’s Next?

 

In yesterday’s New York Times, Scottish actor Alan Cumming, argued in favor of an independent Scotland as follows:

This is not about hating the English. It is about democracy and self-determination. Scotland is weary of being ruled by governments it did not vote for.

How Would you Vote on Independence for Scotland?

 

AN00090676_001_lTwo views:

Today’s Wall Street Journal editorial page:

Should the Scottish leave the U.K., it would fulfill an ancient quest for national self-determination. But they would also wind up with a state that is weaker, less wealthy and far less influential on the world stage. It would jettison 307 years of shared history that produced the Scottish Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, and a vital and prosperous pillar of the Atlantic community today. History isn’t everything, and there are times when hard circumstances make separation unavoidable. But no such circumstances exist today.

Independent Scotland? Och Aye the Noo

 

Today is the 297th anniversary of the Act of Union which created the United Kingdom of Great Britain from the formerly separate kingdoms of England and Scotland. In a few months the people of Scotland will go to the polls to vote in a national referendum on whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom and become an independent and sovereign state.

I’ve a great fondness for Scotland. I did part of my undergraduate studies at University of Edinburgh and I have a number of close Scottish friends. I’m also an Anglophile and I want the best for both England and Scotland. As a result, I am conflicted on the subject of Scottish independence.