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Scotland Independence

Next thursday, voters in Scotland get to vote on Independence. From what I've read the situation is fraught with problems to be resolved if the vote is positive - many economic problems with banks, currency, etc. For money they could stick to UK money, use Euros or coin their own. I like the idea of their own - and such a naming opportunity: I propose 100 Kilts = 1 BagPipe as their units. The paper money would be plaid of course with different plaids for the different denominations. - so maybe it should be 100 BagPipes = 1 Kilt?

And then on November 9, Catalonia may vote on the Independence - although the Spanish Government may not allow such a vote. The issue for the Spanish Government is that Catalonia is the most financially healthy part of Spain and thus it would have a serious economic effect on Spain. I read that among other things Spain could prevent Catalonia from joining the EU.

Maybe Catalonia and Scotland should form a union itself: Scotalonia? Think of Tapas bars with Kippers, Haggis, Srovis, Clootie Dumplings.

And now back to the regular news...
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I don't have a horse in this race, but I can't help thinking in Scotland's case that the result may be a case of be careful what you wish for ... There are lots of issue with the economy. Right now, they can count on North Sea oil, but what happens when that runs out ... Is it really necessary? Is the country being practical when it comes to the reality of independence?

I'm in Scotland now on holiday. Apparently one of the "selling points" is that the 30% UK VAT is too high. So, they are talking about lowering the VAT to 15% if they split off. Because clearly 15% VAT is going to be enough to pay the dole to all the currently unemployed people plus all those that will lose their jobs once all the UK banking infrastructure moves south, the UK nuke sub base closes, and so on. Makes a lot of sense to me. * NOT *. Also multiple European Currencies worked so well in the past. * NOT *. At least there is some small chance that some small piece of sanity will remain and they will stay on the Pound or switch to the Euro if the main vote succeeds.

It's about time Scotland was independent! :)

A difficulty raised on Mr Andrew Sullivan's blog seems to me (an American) serious: By now there are many naturalized *British* citizens -- some living in Scotland, some in England, some having lived in both. Are they now going to be asked to make up their minds which tribe they belong to? On what grounds?

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