We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
And isn't independence generally a good thing? A commenter at the above:
Scotland can have a legal referendum for independence with no violence or problems, but Eastern Ukraine gets bombed for voting to become independent and part of a new Russian bloc which may trigger WWIII. Makes sense to me!
Brussels should care (as well as Westminister). Without the liberal-leftist Scottish Parlaiment, the remaining Great Britain Parliament would likely vote to withdraw from the EU. -- There's more info in this link than in the post's horse-race link.
small difference there. The "voters" in "eastern Ukraine" were not Ukrainian citizens but Soviet soldiers "volunteering their vacation" to "help their oppressed neighbours".
Same as on the Crimean peninsula.
It's the same as what Argentina tried to pull off in the Falklands in '82. Send in troops, then hold a "referendum" in which all those troops get to vote, and they all vote for Anschluss with the Motherland.
While its title intentionally embraces the Scottish tradition of boasting and exaggerating, "How the Scots Invented the Modern World" makes a strong case that the Scots, more than any other people, are responsible for the world after the Enlightenment.
What followed unification was not merely a Scottish renaissance, but a revolution in thought that changed the world. Adam Smith, David Hume, Robert Louis Stevenson, James Boswell, Andrew Carnegie, Alexander Graham Bell, Sir Walter Scott, and George Buchanan are among the Scots Herman discusses. Perfecting the steam engine, introducing inoculation to fight smallpox, inventing street lamps, devising the system of time zones, and discovering the simple method to prevent scurvy were all products of the Scottish imagination. "How the Scots Invented the Modern World" tells an untold story with wit and eloquence. This provocative book will gain the interest of Scots and non-Scots alike who are left to wonder how a small group living in the shadow of their southern neighbors had such a positive impact upon the world in which we live.
Oh, and as to why Westminster should care, Scotland is critical to running the North Sea oil industry, it supplies important troop resources to what remains of the British army and, as was pointed out recently, is the sole location for Britain's remaining submarine forces. Independence will exacerbate brain-drain, as ambitious Scots will see less opportunity in a collapsing Scotland, except for jobs in newly crested government bureaucracies, and speed up the ongoing impoverishment of Scotland, which will soon be the Greece of the British Isles.