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    The Scotland Vote
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    Aye, laddies and lassies. There's the wee matter of Scotland's future at stake here. What think ye? I find it a fool's errand to secede. Too many advantages to staying with them Brits - limey bastards tho they are!
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    I hope it's a decisive result. A narrow defeat for the nationalists would be the worst outcome as it would condemn us to years more whinging and clamouring for another vote. I'd prefer the Union remain intact, but anti-Westminster/anti-English feeling has now reached such a level that separation might be best. The present arrangement - a heavily-subsidised Scotland with its own Parliament and a great deal of autonomy still sending MPs to legislate on England-only matters - is untenable, and the cause of much (justified) resentment south of the border. I fear for Scotland as it's destined to become Europe's next economic basket-case, but if that's the road they want to take...
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    Vote is supposed to be in at about 1am EDT. Early results:

    NO (to independence) 53.8%
    YES 46.2 %
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    I believe Scotland should stay hooked.. for their own welfare.. it ain't easy out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    Vote is supposed to be in at about 1am EDT. Early results:

    NO (to independence) – 53.8%
    YES – 46.2 %
    This reminds me of the Puerto Rico statehood votes that never succeed.
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    It is interesting that the Yes vote areas also have the lowest turnouts. Glascow had only 75% turnout (compared to about 84% overall and close to 90% in a number of No vote areas.

    It looks like it will come out 54/46 for No.

    A 'pro Yes' PM has said that the lower turnout in the Yes areas is a sign that part of the problem was that the turnout was low while he ignores the alternative that those in in the 'high Yes' areas that were No voters did not want to create as much dissonance.
    Last edited by 26mi235; 09-19-2014 at 04:41 AM.
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    It's "Nae!" for Scotland (10pm Pacific). The UK will persist.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/events/scotland-decides/results
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    Scotland rejects independence. But big changes are coming!
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    80% voter turn-out!

    Final number - 55.3% reject independence.

    Not that I have a dog in the fight (tho my wife is Scottish heritage and I'm English (and we both have a lot of Dutch - with all sorts of 'other' stuff too)), but I'm glad they stayed.
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    I am glad, reason prevailed over nationalism.
    A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact.


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