The Future of Scotland (and much more)
A lot of hot air is being generated at the moment about the coming Referendum on whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and be independent. I am sure this would be a retrograde step, and would undo much of the goodness that has come from the existence of the United Kingdom (with all its warts).
My next paragraph should stir up many to produce even more hot air, but I feel like being a little provocative this morning!
First, the UK should leave the European Union. As an English-speaking country, with a vast English-speaking Empire in our comparatively recent past, and a very important Commonwealth of Nations in our present, we should have had more sense than to join “Europe” in the first place. Our natural ties of history and kinship and language are with Canada, Australia, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Botswana, Ghana, Pakistan etc etc etc.
And, living in the United States of America, as I have done these past ten years, I think that, if the United Kingdom has to be in a Union at all (and I respect those who say it should not) then the obvious Union is that of the United States. This may seem at first sight a little far fetched, but remember that if I had written in a blog twenty years ago that very soon the USSR would have split up into all its constituent nations, I would have been met with incredulity.
So, my solution is this: the UK should get out of the European Union (politely and with generosity) and instead of the ludicrous Scottish secession, it should devolve much more to the four parts, and have a federal government for national matters only. Having done that, it should apply to become either one or four States of the United States of America, which might then be renamed (with a triumphal ceremony in Boston Harbour perhaps) “The United States of America and Great Britain”.
If Hawaii in the South Sea Islands can be a State, why not England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland? For all I know, this might lead to many of the countries of the Commonwealth (and especially Canada) following the same course.
Now isn’t that an elegant solution? Excuse me while I retire behind my bullet-proof barrier!