United Kingdom is Staying United


Glenfinnan Viaduct

Glenfinnan Viaduct

The United Kingdom is Staying United!

… by Michael Shrimpton


The EU in Brussels

The EU in Brussels

It’s official. The German-backed Scottish Nationalists have been defeated, and we in the UK are staying together. The final vote was 2,001,926 ‘No’ to 1,617,989 ‘Yes’, a crushing defeat for the divisive Alex Salmond, or ‘von’ Salmond as we fondly refer to him in England. 

As I pointed out last week, the ‘Yes’ Campaign did not want an independent Scotland at all. They wanted to join the EU.

The priority now for the UK is not further devolution, but national independence, i.e. the longed-for break with Brussels. We have suffered under the European (i.e. German) yoke for far too long.

This morning’s victory for the forces of unity turned into triumph this afternoon, when Alex Salmond announced his resignation. I predict that Nicola Sturgeon, who seems a very nice lady if I may say so, will be the new SNP leader and First Minister of Scotland.

The margin of victory was greater than the polls predicted, over 10%. No single poll in the last week gave the ‘Noes’ a lead over 8 points. We saw a similar phenomenon in Quebec, when the French were trying to break up Canada. ‘No’ voters tended to keep their counsel. The YouGov poll which caused such panic in the financial markets turns out to have been a rogue poll. Since Peter Kellner, the pro-EU founder of YouGov, is a bit of a rogue himself (I am sure he will not mind my saying so!), perhaps we should not be too surprised.

Hopefully this victory will see an end to Germany’s campaign of breaking up those states she sees as her enemies. It’s a tactic the ‘Hun’ has been trying on since he backed the South in the Civil War (your Civil War, that is). The only way to stop ‘neverendum’ nonsense is firstly to emphasise (as I did before the Edinburgh Agreement to the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament) that only the Imperial Parliament at Westminster can sanction the break-up of the UK, or any step leading thereto.

The second is to have safeguards, as there were in 1979. There should be a minimum requirement of 2/3 of those voting and 50% of the electorate in favour in any constitutional referendum. To have broken up the world’s longest and most successful political and economic union on a 50% plus 1 majority would have been an obscenity.


Allegations of Vote-Rigging

I see that our distinguished editor, Gordon ‘Duff of MacDuff’, who unlike me has a splendid Scottish ancestry (I only have English, going back to Anglo-Saxon times, Irish and Welsh) has teamed up with that nice man Robbie the Pict to suggest vote-rigging. I think there was some rigging, but in favour of the ‘Yes’ side, indeed at least one incidence was proven.

The SNP, absurdly with respect, pressed for the inclusion of schoolchildren aged 16 and 17, then set up a secret register for them. The abuse only came to light when parents found that their toddlers had been registered to vote. It did not affect the outcome, obviously, but it has caused enough concern to end the idea of 16 and 17 year olds getting the vote.

Since the vote was under the control of the pro-Yes Scottish Executive the idea of vote-rigging in favour of the ‘Noes’ can safely be excluded. Every poll on the eve of poll (elections in Great Britain, sensibly, are always held on Thursdays) predicted a ‘No’ win. The underestimation of the ‘No’ vote by several percentage points can readily be explained, as in Quebec, by poor methodology, which failed to take into account a known psephological phenomenon.

Robbie the Pict, a great character, was actually a client of mine a few years back, in the famous speed camera test case. We had to agree to differ on devolution and ‘independence’! I have never let political differences get in the way of relations with clients and I don’t intend to start now. The English (and Scottish) Bars operate a cab-rank rule, whereby we are duty bound to act for any client in our area of expertise, for a suitable fee, regardless of their ethnicity, political opinion, gender or sexuality. Long may it be so.

Barristers will act for mass-murderers, dictators, paedophiles, Cabinet Office officials and even Liberal Democrats. There is no one so evil that we will not represent them. We leave the judging to the jury.

If I may say so, Robbie was actually one of my nicest and most sensible clients. He happens to live on the beautiful Isle of Skye. If you have not visited it, you really should, and sample the local brew (Talisker – it’s as smooth as a pebble in a Highland stream) whilst you’re there.

Like much of Scotland, the scenery is glorious. I was last there in April, but sadly had no time to call on Robbie (my lady friend and I were on a rail tour of Scotland and it was a flying visit). The best way to get to Skye, IMHO, is by rail, via either Mallaig, from Glasgow/Fort William, or Kyle of Lochalsh, via Inverness. The famous concrete viaduct in the Harry Potter movies (Glenfinnan Viaduct) is between Fort William and Mallaig.


Constitutional Tinkering

Sir Alex Douglas-Home, 1963

Sir Alex Douglas-Home, 1963

Our fool of a Prime Minister (no offense), who conceded the idiotic terms of this referendum (after I dropped that e-mail round to the Presiding Officer and the Scottish Executive, advising that their proposed UDI would be as unlawful as that nice man Ian Smith’s) has been blathering on about devolution for the English. We do not need any more tinkering with our Glorious Constitution, thank you very much. Every change in the past 40 years, from EU membership, to House of Lords ‘reform’ and devolution has been a disaster.

What we need now is a long period of stability. Coupled with EU withdrawal that will help grow the British economy and create jobs.

Speaking of British Prime Ministers, half of them in my lifetime have been Scottish. I have been privileged to meet more than half, and only three (Ted Heath, Maggie Thatcher and John Major) were English. The most decent of them all, perhaps the most decent man ever to have been PM, was the late Earl of Home. He was a Scottish gentleman of the best sort. After his long and distinguished career of public service (he was also Foreign Secretary) he was only too happy to go home to the Hirsel.


Response to Jonas Alexis

Captain Wallace B. Binghamton of McHale’s Navy

Captain Wallace B. Binghamton of McHale’s Navy

I see that Jonas does not like my book! I hope he will not mind my saying that, judging by his comments this week, I am not entirely convinced that he has actually read it, although I am sure he has read bits of it. Perhaps a more thorough read-through would help to convince him of the sophistication and cogency of my arguments!

He complains that I offer no ‘evidence’ that the Islamic Republic of Iran is a terrorist-sponsoring state. With respect, I would have that proposition to be self-evident. Res ipsa loquitur, as we lawyers say!

He also seems to be unhappy with my idea that we need to get boots on the ground in Iraq. Frankly, as a military strategist President Obama is in the same class as Captain Wallace B. Binghamton, of McHale’s Navy. Sadly there is no Lt-Cdr McHale to come to the rescue.


MH17 Update



Word is going around Whitehall that there is nothing on the CVR tape. This means one of three things – they’ve cut it off before the good bits, the Cabinet Office are lying, again, or they’ve asked the French to knock up another dodgy CVR tape. It would have to be the French, as they’re the experts in knocking up fake CVRs and FDRs. Why go to an amateur, when you can ask an expert? It would be like asking Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses to distress a ‘genuine’ Queen Anne computer desk.

Thank goodness those nice people the Russians got a copy of the real thing. I hope they’re saving it up to really embarrass Cameron and the White House, if they step even further out of line on MH17.

Judging from a conversation with a half-bird Air Force colonel this week not everybody is grasping the point about the cannon holes. Nobody sensible is saying that the Su-25 shot down the 777, or that it was a stern, chasing attack (it’s too slow). The -25’s role was to force the target into the kill zone, so that that Chinese Buk battery could shoot it down, so that the mass murder could be pinned on the pro-Russian rebels.

As the 777 tried to turn away from what her pilots correctly took to be Injun territory, not least after their radios and ACARS were jammed, the -25 opened up, killing one or both pilots. That cannot have been more than 25 nautical miles from the interception point, i.e. the plane was only in the air for about three minutes at most (I am assuming approximately 500 knots true airspeed for the 777).

If you kill the pilots of a modern airliner, which will usually be flying on autopilot, if its engines and control surfaces are not damaged, it will probably continue on its way, at least for a few minutes. It’s not going to drop from the air like a brick.

The cannon shots would eventually have proved fatal, not least if the engines went into flight-idle mode (they were still turning, apparently, when they hit the ground), but the proximate cause of the crash was shrapnel from a Chinese HQ-16 SAM warhead detonated by proximity fuze, after locking on to the 777’s weather radar, which does not seem to have been damaged by cannon fire, as the attacking Su-25 was using a sophisticated fire control system and did not walk fire into the target, Hawker Typhoon style. The Typhoon was a proper airplane, by the way, a wonderful device with a great big 24-cylinder Napier Sabre engine and four British Hispano 20 mil cannon. They killed lots of Germans.


The Alice Gross Murder



This looks like yet another murder that we can chalk up to the EU’s free for all immigration controls. The poor lass, aged just 14, disappeared from a towpath in Brentford London shortly after a Latvian murderer followed her along it. Having murdered his wife back home, he got away with an 8 year sentence and disgracefully was released after serving just 7 years. Obviously they don’t value human life very highly in Latvia.

Officially Alice is still alive. I would love to think so, but I am afraid that the chances of that are very slim indeed. On the balance of probabilities I am calling this a murder. The Latvian is Scotland Yard’s chief suspect. There are no other suspects.

The incident shows up the value of capital punishment. Had the Latvians hanged him, as they should have done after he was convicted of murdering his wife (he thought she was a lesbian), he could not have come here. Of course he might not have done it, there may have been two murderers on the towpath that morning, by coincidence and Alice may turn up in France having run away with her geography teacher, but don’t bet on it. I hate murder as a crime. Not only does it involve the unlawful taking of a human life, it wrecks the lives of victims’ families. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the anguished expression on the face of the poor mother of the young British backpacker Hannah Witheridge, murdered in Thailand this week.

The Brentford incident also shows up what a grotesque farce EU immigration law is. For so long as we remain in the EU we are powerless to stop European killers flooding across our undefended borders. Very tragically, innocent young Alice Gross may turn out to have been part of the blood sacrifice demanded of Britain by the EU.


Classic Bond Movie of the Week – Diamonds Are Forever (1971), dir. Guy Hamilton

Charles Gray and Jill St John

Charles Gray and Jill St John

The last official (i.e. Eon) Bond movie to star Sir Sean Connery, this is many people’s favorite. Charles Gray is excellent as Blofeld. He does evil so well, he could have played Cabinet Secretaries, no offense.

The lovely Jill St John is the Bond girl, Tiffany Case, a name taken from Ian Fleming’s book of the same name, even if the plot isn’t. Space is again the theme, as the diamonds of the title are to be used in a space-based laser.

John Barry’s soundtrack is superb. There are wonderful cameos from Bruce Glover and Putter Smith, as a pair of gay hitmen working for SPECTRE. The car, uniquely for a Bond movie, is a Triumph Stag. Elegant and fast, for their day (even if the small, 3-liter V-8 was liable to overheat – I’d have gone for a doubled up 32-valve Dolomite Sprint engine of say 4 liters) it doesn’t look out of place. Nobody then knew that the car was going to bomb.

The scene at the funeral home is a hoot. Connery, who may have thought that he could kill the franchise by walking out, goes for more humor in this, his final Eon outing. I’ve always liked the crack about “I was just out walking my rat” when he emerges from the pipe in the desert in his tuxedo.

The car chase in Las Vegas has one of the few continuity bloopers in the entire series – Bond’s rental goes in on one set of wheels and comes out on the other!

Norman Burton, who sadly later came to a sticky end in Mexico, is one of the better Leiters, a regular Ronson in fact. Laurence Naismith is good value as the De Beers man and Leonard Barr’s performance as Shady Tree could hardly have been bettered. Fleming named Shady Tree after the notorious German (Abwehr/DVD) agent, Senator Prescott Bush, by the way.

Two sad recent departures: Brian Hutton, the great director, who made Where Eagles Dare and Kelly’s Heroes, and was so good he was forced out under pressure from German-controlled banks, the Germans having made to look silly in both movies, and the great British actor Sir Donald Sinden.

September 20th 2014

Diamonds are Forever

Diamonds are Forever

Editing: Erica P. Wissinger


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  1. Captain Sensible  September 26, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Why do the news pretend they have no idea what he plans of ISIS are, when its all over you tube ?

    Here, Sheik Imran Hosein describes how an unstoppable army from Kharosan (like ISIS) will “free” every region in a line to JERUSALEM (he’s been saying all this for YEARS, by the way – you can find his older vids on you tube)

    https //www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HuSZuty444

    There, if i remember correctly, they will beat the Dijal etc.

    They will use a BLACK FLAG (like ISIS), and will set up a NEW CALIPHATE (caliphate means “islamic state”). This is in their Koran, apparently. And so far, they fit the bill. They come from Khurasan (afghanistan/mujahadeen), They have the black flag, and they call themselves the islamic state.

    So, the chances are that they will NOT deter from whatever is written in their book, lest they make themselves appear to be imposters. Ergo, they are heading for Jerusalem, in an approximately straight line.

    They are literally making themselves out (via the black flags and their name etc.), to be the MAHDI ARMY. They are heading to what they believe is their version of armageddon. And we (the west) are the army of the dijal (satan). Literally, they think we are satanists. So they will not be deterring from a pretty straight line to jerusalem.

    This Imran Hosein chap, has been saying all this for YEARS on you tube. These recent events are now falling into his predictions, and he’s even saying that.

    • Captain Sensible  September 26, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Oh, and the also predict that the army of the dijal will be SWALLOWED UP BY THE SAND.

      So be careful, America. They are trying to fulfil religious prophecy, and its a right bugger if you get religious prophecies wrong, because you might have to wait another 1000 yrs for the next chance.

      So they ARE heading for Jerusalem, and DO want as many american and british boots on the ground as possible – because its a TRAP !

      Their Koran also predicts they will ALLY WITH ROME in the end days.

      Thats NOW, and their ally in rome, is nothing less than the 4th reich – THE 4TH HOLY GERMANIC ROMAN EMPIRE, RULED FORM ROME BY THE HEAD OF THE DVD – POPE FRANCIS ! (not proven yet – but if he isnt the head, then he probably knows him well).

      (am i right Mr Shrimpton – is the the pope, the head of the DVD?)

    • Captain Sensible  September 27, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Yep, so as far as muslims are concerned, these boys are either

      1. A bunch of terrorists

      2. The army of their messiah

      Its a bit controversial for the BBC, i think.

  2. JS  September 24, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    There is more to the story about Ian Fleming referring to Sen. Prescott Bush as Shady Tree. In the book Spyhunter, and in previous columns, Mr Shrimpton discusses the DVD’s ST faction. Well, ST means Shady Tree. Prescott Bush was important enough to name a major DVD faction after him.

    • JS  September 30, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      ST = Shady Tree is a no-brainer sort of guess. The Senator died eons ago, btw.

  3. JS  September 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I see that Ingrid Rimland has weighed in. She says of Mr Shrimpton and Alan Hart, “Gentleman, the war is past! Get a life!” I would LOVE it if she were right, about the war being past. But the Abwehr/DVD never got that memo, and are still at it. So the war needs to be brought to an end. If you look a little more closely, Mr Shrimpton’s view of what the problem is, isn’t so radically different from the other writers on this site, even if it’s only Gordon Duff and Preston James who have also mentioned DVD. Where they all really differ, is in the offered solutions.

  4. JS  September 23, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Sad to hear about Brian Hutton. Kelly’s Heroes is a great film.

  5. OrdinarySerf  September 22, 2014 at 11:37 am

    The ‘suspect’ film at a count shows nothing untoward at all, as anyone who has attended a UK election count will know. The lady in question is not a ‘counter’ – do you see her counting at all ? She is a ‘sorter’, a function which takes place prior to counting ie. ballots are sorted before they are counted and bundled up. The actual counting process is closely scruntinised by observers from both camps, who have the absolute authority to intervene any time they see a mistake being made.

    Now to the man observed writing….you can clearly see he is not putting a cross but actually writing words. That is because he is required to write his name and how many were in the pile before he bands it.

    Next, the one with all the piles on the ‘No’ table. ‘Yes Scotland’ have said themselves this was taken before counting started and there is nothing to worry about.

    If you wish to read up carefully on the whole process – I give you two very detailed reference points

    (Google this)***www.electoralcommission.org.uk/*** and then click on ‘Scottish Referendum’.

    Within that Scotland page on the website there is a further ***http //scotlandreferendum.info***.

    Therein, absolutely everything you need to know, from the original act of parliament for the referendum, through every stage of the scrutiny process (including list of authorised observers) to ensure that the result is fair and democratic.

    • JS  September 23, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks, Serf!

    • OrdinarySerf  September 23, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      No problem JS….and for those on this thread who haven’t seen it, the video I am referring to is found on YouTube under the reference ***http //youtu.be/LbJif7vISQg***

      There were at least 100 polls during the campaign and only 3 pointed to a tiny ‘Yes’ majority. Two of these were acknowledged to have errors, but the ‘No’ side was spooked by one rogue YouGov poll a couple of weeks ago and so piled across the border for a last minute burst of panic campaigning and needless concessions. Hardly the actions of a side that had the result ‘rigged’ now is it ?

      As a Labour MP campaigning for the Union to remain stated ‘If the referendum was decided by which campaign had the most window posters, then Scotland would now be independent’. So why was this and the silent ‘No’ majority not more prominent throughout the campaign ? The answer is HUGE INTIMIDATION (including vandalism to cars / homes with broken windows for anyone putting up ‘No’ publicity and threats of physical violence from the more extreme Scot Nats). This meant that respectable ‘No’ voters kept their counsel until they got into the privacy of the polling both. This factor didn’t show up in the polls, hence the wider margin of victory. This was an entirely democratic result on a near 85% turnout (the highest voter turnout since 1918).

      So with the greatest of respect, that video is a crock of conspiracy shite; despite what many would dearly love to think


    • JS  September 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Agreed, and yes I saw the video. Thanks for your explanation. The other thing about polls, is that they would often leave out the Undecided, so it looked like the 2 sides were pretty even. But the Undecided, when they get to the voting booth, tend to vote for the status quo, which is what happened here.

  6. JS  September 20, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Finally! You have named Shady Tree! I was wondering how long it would take! From the article,
    “Fleming named Shady Tree after the notorious German (Abwehr/DVD) agent, Senator Prescott Bush, by the way.”

    • Charlotte NC Bill  September 22, 2014 at 4:54 am

      I stopped reading at ” German sponsored Scottish nationalists”..this son of a bitch won’t stop. He’s like a pit bull. He’s got his teeth sunk into Zionist occupied Germany’s leg ( it’s against the law to discuss the Holohoax in “Germany” -the axis countries never regained their sovereignty after the war ) and he’s not letting go. The poor Scots were no doubt vote rigged to a certain extent but the “No” votes probably would have won anyway ( by a smaller margin ). What can you expect after these people were threatened by the banksters with apocalyptic economic scenarios if they didn’t vote the “correct” way?

  7. Curmudgeon  September 20, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    On Monday, September 5th, 2011, an Ingrid Rimland Zundel column was posted on Veterans Today. It’s title was “The German Reich Exists!”, and it explained how the current government is not the real government. In the 1950’s, the German Supreme Court ruled that the “old” Reich that preceded the Third Reich, which surrendered militarily, still existed, and that the then (and current) government was a government of occupation.

    So, Mr. Shrimpton, which Germany runs the “campaign of breaking up those states she sees as her enemies”. The current occupation Merkel government, the non-existant Third Reich, or the legitimate entity that has never held an election?

    On a different note, while there is no doubt that DeGaulle meddled in Quebec, and it is likely that there was some French meddling, it was the Quebecois themselves who were behind the push. Jacques Parizeau rightly blamed the big money and the ethnic vote for their defeat. I suspect that the Scots, except perhaps Robbie the Pict, would not be so politically incorrect to suggest the same.

    By the way, when a bundle of ballots with a “yes” visible on top, is seen on a table marked “NO”, I find it difficult to see how the yes side would benefit. Did they also benefit in Dundee where the counting have was interrupted twice by fire alarms?

    And in what may be a record twice in a row, I fully agree with you that Cameron is a fool of a Prime Minister. My reasons are likely to be different.

  8. jake gittes  September 20, 2014 at 7:25 am

    “It’s a tactic the ‘Hun’ has been trying on since he backed the South in the Civil War”

    “The soldiers who fought for the Confederacy did not come from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The majority of them had ancestors from Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland” — http //www.civilwarhome.com

    “But it was the Germans who contributed the largest contingent to the Union forces. Many of the German-born officers were radicals whom Marx knew personally. Among them were the Union colonels Friedrich Anneke, Friedrich Franz Hecker, and Joseph Weydemeyer the latter, who commanded in St. Louis, Mo., an especially close friend of Marx… Altogether, at least forty German-born officers, among them a number of German Jews, saw war duty on the side of the North and attained the rank of brevet general.” – Karl Marx On America & The Civil War

    “German-Americans in the American Civil War were the largest ethnic contingent to fight for the Union. More than 200,000 native Germans served in the Union” — wikipedia

    “Barristers will act for mass-murderers, dictators, paedophiles, Cabinet Office officials”

    This is extremely redundant.

    • JS  September 23, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      He is referring to a German government backing the South’s government. His argument had nothing to do with German-Americans, and you know it.

    • JS  September 23, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Jake, the website you mention, discusses the Germans who fought for the South, too.

  9. jake gittes  September 20, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Yes, the war against the Hun continues! And as Britons brave boys battle against the bosh, their leaders are on the lookout for new breakthroughs that could provide the ultimate weapon in the war against the Hun. And here, in this little column in Veterans Today, they think maybe they’ve found it. It’s a joke so deadly, it could have Fritz’s forces falling about.

    Python’s lethal joke sketch —
    http //www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gpjk_MaCGM

  10. captain obvious  September 20, 2014 at 1:21 am

    “wee Duff of MacDuff”.. nothing condescending there nope.. and of course “lets blame Germany!”
    IMHO, Jonas has you pegged (as do I), the ONLY reason you’re “popular” here mikee, is people who know far more about truth enjoy exposing your bigotry and propagandist lies. your fantastic delusions that it is only a few commentors disliking your “style”, and all criticisms are just hysterical anti-semitism, is ridiculous.
    “no one is so evil we wouldnt represent them”, nothing psychopathic about that, right?.. LMAO!
    I’m not going to miss the “Barrister Shrimpton” (BS for short).

    • OrdinarySerf  September 20, 2014 at 5:11 am

      I don’t think he’s being condescending Captain, it’s just friendly banter. Gordon wrote an article a few days ago (with some great photos) about his own Scottish roots, his clan being MacDuff.

      Not psychopathic on who he will represent either….he is explaining that it is part of the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales

      ‘…A self-employed barrister must comply with the “Cab-rank rule” and accordingly except only as otherwise provided in paragraphs ()……..he must (accept the work) in any field in which he professes to practise in relation to work appropriate to his experience and seniority and irrespective of whether his client is paying privately or is publicly funded….’

      All of which means they have to act for people they may not wish to be associated with outside of their working environment.

    • captain obvious  September 20, 2014 at 8:14 am

      “to suggest vote rigging” when there was video of it, he might as well have outright called him a liar, then to go on to say the pict was a former client doesnt qualify as friendly banter IMHO. just as bad as “izrahell didnt commit any war crimes”, “Germany is behind every evil on the planet”, “911 official lie is the absolute truth” etc etc. IMHO the Cab-rank rule is psychopathic, and he loves it, go figger.

    • OrdinarySerf  September 22, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Captain, nobody is calling anyone a liar (or should be accused of it here) simply because they have put up a YT clip for discussion on VT (Stuart Littlewood also put it up on his own article). But with respect, that video has no merit whatsoever in my opinion. See my post(s) further up on that score.

      The ‘Cab rank rule’ is certainly up for debate, but is not ‘psychopathic’. It is based on the principle that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and is absolutely entitled to equal and fair representation at trial. Nobody would defend people up for heinous crimes (some of whom may be innocent) if barristers could pick and choose who they represented at will.

    • JS  September 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Captain, I understood “wee Duff” to mean “younger Duff”, as “MacDuff” literally means “son of Duff”. I seriously doubt it was meant as condescending, but he must have read your comment, as the reference has been changed. I was quoting from Robert Burns myself last week, and I suspect Mr Shrimpton was trying to sound Scottish too.

  11. Friar Newborg  September 19, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    I think Salmond did pretty well. Just 3 weeks ago, YES was said to be lagging NO by 22 percentage points. So pulling within 10 points is no embarrassment. All those promises of more autonomy probably made the difference, since the Fence-sitters may have decided that if they could get the autonomy without the big risks associated with a split, why chance it?

    The real problem is going to come months and years down the road, when the Scots see those promises will amount to nothing. Boris Johnson, who may be the next leader of the Conservatives, has already proclaimed that the extra handouts to Scotland are not something he likes.

    When one partner decides the other has lied, and they are being cheated on, the marriage is going to become very rocky indeed. I give it a maximum of two years before the average Scot is demanding another vote, because the first result involved too many broken promises, and maybe some vote rigging.

    • Charlotte NC Bill  September 22, 2014 at 4:58 am

      Modern people are governed by their various appetites-nothing more. Not love of God, country, family…maybe those factor in a little but the main thing? Going hunting, watching football, drinking beer and chasing ass.

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