A New Nation: Scotland to Become Independent?


In The Telegraph, we read:

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have cancelled Wednesday’s session of Prime Minister’s Question in Parliament so they can travel to Scotland to campaign against independence.

In a joint statement, the three party leaders said that “the right place for us tomorrow is in Scotland, not at Prime Minister’s Questions in Westminster”.

The announcement will fuel concerns that Westminster’s political leaders are panicking following polls which have put Alex Salmond’s Yes campaign in the lead for the first time.

Mr. Cameron said that he cares “passionately” about the referendum and that he will do “everything” in his power to ensure that Scottish voters know that “we want you to stay“.

This is marvelous. This is what I love to see. The three leaders of the United Kingdom’s major political parties – the Tories’ David Cameron, the Liberal Democrats’ Nick Clegg, and Labour’s Ed Milliband – are all running amok in complete panic mode. According to recent opinion polls in Scotland, the Pro-secession vote and Anti-secession vote are neck-and-neck. It seems the Anti-secessionists may have a small lead. But when the Scots hit the polls next week, the results will probably be quite close.

In the midst of this tremendous upheaval in Scotland, the UK Independence Party has risen from seemingly out of nowhere to suddenly challenge the reigning LibLabCon (Liberal, Labour, Conservative) status quo.  Within the past year, UKIP has burst forth like a bat out of hell to absolutely rock British politics. They won a large number of seats in the recent local elections, and took the lead in the 2014 European Parliament elections for the UK. The goal of UKIP is clear: to get Great Britain out of the European Union.

This is a good example of one of my favorite phrases: “Today will be like yesterday, and tomorrow will be like today… until it isn’t.” As shortly as five years ago, the thoughts of Scotland actually seceding or UKIP winning first in national elections were not much more than rumor, and were almost laughable. Even as short as one year ago, these notions seemed far-fetched. Very few people would’ve believed it. But the times, they are a’changin. The UK of 2015 could potentially look very different from the UK of the past 100 years.

I consider these developments to be beneficial. The secession of Scotland will serve to decentralize the influence of the State in Western Europe. Scotland may or may not join the EU; if they want to join, the EU will undoubtedly require them to adopt the Euro as currency, which most pro-independence Scottish leaders seem wary to do (and with good reason). If Scotland secedes, there is a good chance they will stay out of the EU and will adopt their own currency. This is a healthy development.

Meanwhile, Britain pulling out of the EU would be another marvelous blow to the encroaching statism of the European Union.  The EU has become a monstrously bureaucratic behemoth dominated by a fetish for central planning, crony capitalism, and collectivist impulses held by many of the parliament members. The major proponents of the EU pretend like its continued expansion of territory and power is inevitable, and that all other viewpoints (such as UKIP’s) are purely reactionary and opposed to the inevitable progress of history toward a European super-state. If Britain becomes the first EU nation to pull out of the political union, it will be a massive blow to the Eurocracy’s prestige. It will likely encourage other increasingly euro-sceptic nations to seek their way out of the European Union. I approve of this heartily.

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