The Majority of Scots wish to remain part of the United Kingdom

Posted by PITHOCRATES - May 27th, 2012

Week in Review

According to the polls the Scottish people want to remain part of Britain (see Just one in three Scots wants independence from Britain, poll shows by Simon Johnson posted 5/25/2012 on The Telegraph).

An opinion poll published by Alistair Darling, the former Chancellor, showed only 33 per cent of voters in Scotland want independence and 57 per cent are opposed…

Mr Salmond will be joined in Edinburgh this morning by celebrities and the leaders of minor left-wing parties to formally start his bid to end the 305-year-old Union between England and Scotland…

Mr Darling’s publication of the The YouGov poll, which also showed more people think a separate Scotland would be worse off financially, was timed to undermine their message…

Nearly half of respondents (47 per cent) said they thought Scotland would be financially worse off after separation compared to only 27 per cent who said it would be wealthier. Thirteen per cent said independence would make no difference.

The finances of an independent Scotland would depend on a couple of things.  First of all there’s Britain’s debt.  Trying to apportion Scotland’s share of that would be more an act of politics than accounting.  And what about the military?  Would the Scottish units in the British armed forces return to Scotland?  If so would Scotland pay to outfit replacement units in the British armed forces?  Or would Scotland just enter into an armed forces agreement with Britain to carry on as if they didn’t become an independent nation?  And what about the currency?  Would they still be part of the Bank of England?  Or would they join the Eurozone?  And be a part of it when it finally implodes?  Trade agreements?  How would this affect treaties negotiated by Britain for Scottish interests?  What about environmental regulations?  Would they exit the emissions trading scheme?  Would they exploit their coal and oil resources?  Or build more windmills?

Interesting questions but moot.  For based on a recent opinion poll it appears the Scottish are not in favor of altering 305 years of history.

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Scotland’s Pollution exceeds European Air Pollution Targets

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 31st, 2011

Week in Review

Fine single malt isn’t the only thing Scotland is making these days (see City pollution ‘at danger levels’ in Scotland posted 12/26/2011 on the BBC News Scotland).

Dr Dan Barlow, head of policy at WWF Scotland, said: “It is totally unacceptable that Scotland has breached European air pollution targets for the second year in a row…

“This situation is a direct result of the failure of successive governments to produce a sensible strategy that adequately addresses air pollution and climate emissions from road traffic.”

The Scottish government said it had set out a vision to make the country’s roads as efficient as possible in its Infrastructure Investment Plan, while work was also under way to develop low carbon vehicle technology, promote “active travel choices” and encourage a shift towards public transport.

Perhaps the Scots know that all that global warming nonsense coming out of the University East Anglia was just that.  Nonsense.  And that it was just a way for big governments everywhere to strangle industrial economies.  By increasing the cost of business with low-carbon regulations.  And taxing them with carbon fees.  Which, incidentally, just also happens to help plug those nasty budget deficits that are all the rage in Europe these days.

Air pollution?  You know, about a hundred years ago their cities were thick with smoke and soot from steam engines burning coal.  And here we are.  Still alive.  And the glaciers are still there.  If the pollution from the Industrial Revolution didn’t kill us it’s likely no pollution can.  Besides, if the pollution was so bad would their single malt scotch still be so good?

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