Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Today is the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union between England and Scotland. Like many marriages it has had its ups and downs and one half of it fantasises about being single again, but it has endured. However, that could all change on May 3rd when the Scots vote for their devolved parliament. If, as some expect, the SNP become the majority party, this could be the first stage in the dissolution of the United Kingdom.

If I was a Scot I would vote for independence, not for reasons of nationalism or anti-English sentiment, but simply because there is no reason why the Scots should not administer their own affairs. Great Britain was created for military and economic reasons, but now that we are part of the European Union there is no need for Britannia.