The Scottish Independence Movement Will Now Be Very Difficult to Stop

The Scottish Independence Movement Will Now Be Very Difficult to Stop

Predictions of the break-up of the UK may be reaching a crescendo, but they are scarcely new. In 1707, Jonathan Swift wrote a poem deriding the Act of Union between England and Scotland, which had just been passed, for seeking to combine two incompatible peoples in one state: “As if a man in making posies/…

If You Think Scottish Nationalism Is Bad Now, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

If You Think Scottish Nationalism Is Bad Now, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

Scottish nationalists hate me with a vengeance. The separatist movement is on a very vocal rise, and anyone – especially a Scot like me – daring to oppose it, is being told they aren’t a real Scot and should get out of Scotland. “Some men hate a crab. It runs sideways, not straight, disturbs the…

Britain’s Disorder and Decline

Britain’s Disorder and Decline

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is no longer united, as most recently illustrated by the vastly dissimilar tactics to control the Covid-19 pandemic taken by England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This follows the differences of opinion in each region concerning the disastrous Brexit decision to quit the European Union, as…

The Spanish Civil War, Revisited

The Spanish Civil War, Revisited

Call it theatre of the absurd – with a lethal subtext. Under pressure from all corners – even Donald Tusk, president of the EU Council – in his fateful date with destiny Carles Puigdemont, President of Catalonia, came up with some last-minute judo dialectics. He issued a non-denial denial Unilateral Declaration of Independence from Spain….