Scotland Is Seeking Independence From the Political Establishment- Op-Ed

UPDATE:  see the following Guyanese Online entry:

Scotland votes ‘No’ to independence: 55-45%

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 –By Ronan Burtenshaw, Truthout | Op-Ed

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    (Photo: Lawrence OP / Flickr)The referendum campaign is about much more than nationalism.

    Scotland Is Seeking Independence From the Political Establishment

This week’s vote on Scottish independence has lit up the political landscape in Europe, encouraging the left and prompting panic in the halls of power. If the “Yes” side manages to beat the odds and win on September 18, new possibilities will arise on a political spectrum which seemed to be shrinking by the year.

But it didn’t always look like this would be the case. When the referendum campaign began, the leading force for a Yes vote, the Scottish National Party (SNP), promised what could best be termed independence light. Staying were the pound, the Queen, NATO and even the economic model, buttressed by a “competitive” corporate tax regime to rival free-market Ireland. This appeal was nationalist in its purest sense – social questions would remain untouched and only the flag would change. 

It didn’t work. The independence campaign languished 20 points behind in the polls. The business interests Alex Salmond had tried to woo turned out to be relatively content with the Union. Separation on national lines from a society with which Scotland shares much in common, in the context of a globalizing culture and economy, proved unattractive.  [Read more]

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  • guyaneseonline  On 09/17/2014 at 1:01 am

    Scottish vote: Sign of Britain’s waning influence? CSM Cover Story

    Scotland’s vote on independence, and a later referendum on Britain’s membership in the EU, spur questions about the country’s role in the world.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2014/0914/Scottish-vote-Sign-of-Britain-s-waning-influence?

  • compton de castro  On 09/17/2014 at 3:55 am

    In 24 hours Scots will decide on their destiny.
    Listen to their hearts and mind and decide with both.
    The political dilemma !
    Economically their mind says NO
    Politically their heart says YES

    NATIONALISTIC POLITRICKS

    It can go either way but it sends a serious political message….
    Near 100% registration and 99.99% turn out.
    Democracy in action not words !
    Hope its a sunny day for Scotland and its peoples.

    United we stand divided we fall
    PEOPLE POWER
    Kamtan8.54.55.17092014ukplc

  • guyaneseonline  On 09/17/2014 at 9:16 pm

    The Origins and Implications of the Scottish Referendum
    Geopolitical Weekly
    Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    By George Friedman

    The idea of Scottish independence has moved from the implausible to the very possible. Whether or not it actually happens, the idea that the union of England and Scotland, which has existed for more than 300 years, could be dissolved has enormous implications in its own right, and significant implications for Europe and even for global stability.

    Read more: The Origins and Implications of the Scottish Referendum | Stratfor
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  • Clyde Duncan  On 09/19/2014 at 2:07 am

    It is 23:00 hours on 18 September 2014, where I live in British Columbia, Canada, and it looks like the people in Scotland have decided “NO” – Scotland stays part of the UK!! I see some reports that 85-percent of the voters cast their ballots; however, in a similar vote in Canada in 1995 on whether Quebec should secede, 94% of registered voters cast their ballot. Obviously, the people of Scotland could not care one way or the other!!

  • compton de castro  On 09/19/2014 at 3:42 am

    The saying goes….’great minds think alike’ ! ..both Quebecians
    and Scots no exception. Wish the EURO and UN had a similar form of democracy…..in EURO elections less than 35% turn out
    demographics or just disillusion !
    Some say the ‘money’ sspent on ‘silly’ elections is better
    spent on improving the enviornment. They have a point !

    Viva UKPLC viva SCOTLAND ….wish that was echoed for
    EURO UN OUR PLANET.
    in despair but forever the optimist
    Kamtan 08.42.35.19092014ukplc

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