Friday, September 12, 2014


Scottish pro-independence advocates should keep in mind before the vote the real William Wallace of today rather than the fictional one:

William Wallace: Aye, Stay in Great Britain and your postage stamps may die. Leave, and you'll cheer... at least a while. And dying in your NHS beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our pro-independence brethren that they may take our postage stamps and other pointless symbols of independence, but they'll never take... OUR SUBSIDIES!

[Scottish army cheers]

William Wallace: Alba gu brĂ th!

Which I believe means, "Jessica Alba go bra-less!"

Which could explain the odd desire of so many in Scotland to go their own way when it could ensure their poverty for a generation--assuming they eventually restore the influence of another Scot, Adam Smith, in promoting economic growth.

I surely wish the Scots well, regardless of their choice. Everyone will muddle along regardless, in time, I imagine.

But just for defense issues alone, I can't be for Scottish independence when it will roil the waters defense-wise for a generation as the terms of the separation are hammered out. When Russia is reviving their ambitions, this seems unwise. I couldn't care less if Belgium splits. Britain is another matter altogether.

UPDATE: Worries about defense issues.

But if the worry is whether an independent Scotland could join the European Union, I say don't worry--Brussels likes its members small and weak.