January 14, 2012
Obviously, given the title, you'll already know what this little collection of words is all about. It appears some of the inhabitants of the province of this country known as Scotland would like to secede from the Union. One could point out here that those who want to do so are a minority, but that might be seen as churlish, not to say inflammatory.
This has been going on for a while. Even when the Republic of Ireland threw their toys out of the pram and wandered absent-mindedly off on their long and torturous path to fiscal oblivion in 1921, there was a notable movement in Scotland in favour of independence. Fair enough, some might say; they are historically a different country, and surely they have a right to their independence. Well, that's an argument. And God knows I like a good argument as much as, if not more than, the next man (unless of course he's Ed Balls, known throughout the land for being the most argumentative (and, of course, repellent) little bastard that ever crawled from under a rock), but I don't see the logic here. One might as well try to put forward a case for Venice seceding from Italy, or Burgundy from France, or Baden-Württemberg from Germany. All countries are split into administrative areas, but that doesn't give those areas the automatic right to be countries in their own right.
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