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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:16 am    Post subject: The Scottish Independence Referendum Reply with quote

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_independence_referendum,_2014

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A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on Thursday, 18 September 2014.[2]

Following an agreement between the Scottish Government and the United Kingdom Government,[3] the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill, setting out the arrangements for this referendum, was put forward on 21 March 2013,[4] passed by the Scottish Parliament on 14 November 2013 and received Royal Assent on 17 December 2013.[5][6]

The referendum question, as recommended by the Electoral Commission, will be "Should Scotland be an independent country?" - voters can only answer yes or no.[7] With some exceptions, all residents in Scotland over 16 can vote, this represents over 4 million people - only a simple majority is required to win.

Many issues have been raised during the campaign including which currency an independent Scotland would use, public expenditure and North Sea oil.[8] Opinion polling indicates the vote will be close.


I'm honestly not sure I really have a strong opinion on this anymore. I used to be quite pro-independence, and I guess I would still vote that way, but it's hard to form an educated opinion as an outsider.

Here's my favorite whisky reviewer with a really good (mostly non-whisky-related) video on it.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't watch the video at work, but I've read a little bit about this, and I honestly can't tell you where I stand either. I think the biggest issue is that it wouldn't be a very clean break...considering a few centuries of entanglement. The last polling information I had seen had the two parties split pretty evenly, almost 50-50 on whether or not to separate.

It will be interesting to see what happens.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the video he makes the point that, economically, it will probably be good for Scotland -- apparently it's the only country ever to become poorer after finding oil, due to British parliament taking so much of Scotland's income. I thought that part was particularly interesting.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will be interesting to watch, but I don't know what I think of it.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.com/news/events/scotland-decides/results

Happy...Dependence Day?

I'm disappointed, but I can't properly articulate why. Ah, well.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And that's strange, I feel slightly relieved, but I can't tell you why. Maybe I don't like change.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this was the best possible outcome, but that's mostly because the cynical old man in me knows that a new country being created with no predesignated plan is just a recipe for corporate interests stealing all the resources that the UK currently steals but providing even less in return. I think that this result gives the UK reason to re-evaluate the services they provide and what share each region actually receives without losing access to those resources to the political and economic elite.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would of really liked to see independence win (all pitfalls aside), but just having the vote at all seems like a major win for Scotland.
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