April 12, 2007

THERE IS NO BRITAIN:

Upheaval in the north: The kingdom is looking anything but united as it heads toward regional and local elections. This article looks at the resurgence of Scottish nationalism; others consider Wales and England (The Economist, 4/12/07)

"THERE are just 30 days to save devolution,” proclaimed Jack McConnell this week. Scotland's first minister was firing Labour's opening shots in the campaign leading up to elections for the Scottish Parliament on May 3rd. By awkward coincidence, these fall two days after the 300th anniversary of the formal union between Scotland and England. Mr McConnell has every right to sound alarmed.

Most recent opinion polls have given the Scottish National Party (SNP), which seeks independence from Britain, a hefty lead over Labour. Those who were squelched years ago for giving warning that devolution was less a solution to separatist sentiment than a fast track to secession are laughing up their sleeves. Is the union, in fact, in peril, with Scotland the first of the four nations that make up the United Kingdom to walk free?


The very incoherence of the question answers it. Nations are ethnic.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 12, 2007 12:58 PM
Comments

Give up England, join the EU.

Whatta deal.

Posted by: Sandy P at April 12, 2007 4:20 PM

Cornwall forever!

Posted by: Dave W at April 13, 2007 8:14 PM
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