The calculation of the nationalists’ economics were not realistic. The taxes they wished to collect from the North Sea would have not compansated the extra costs of a new state. The huge Scottish administration is now funded from Westminster. And in any case, oil is running out. And from the political aspect, te world and Europe does not need turbulence from emerging new and new countries. The experience gained from this referendum is that it is very easy to cut a nation into two. Most probably, and from the diplomatic point of view a new Scottish government would have been isolated and be a minor player in the world. So may be they saved themselves a dissapointment.
Tausends of radical Islamists from Europe, Australia and the USA have headed to Syria and Iraq to fight for Islamic State. Many have since returned home. And now come the next stepts, the almost impossible challanges, the reintegration procedure. Continue reading
David Cameron this morning pledged to introduce ‘English votes for English laws’ after Scotland rejected independence. The Prime Minister said Scotland had had its say and it was now time to listen to the ‘millions of voices of England’. Speaking outside Downing Street he said it was ‘crucial’ to give England the same powers over tax, spending and welfare as Scotland, following his last minute pledge for further devolution to Holyrood during the campaign. Mr Cameron said: ‘I’ve long believed that a crucial part missing from this national discussion is England. We’ve heard the voice of Scotland, but now the millions of voices of England must also be heard. The question of English votes for English laws, the so-called West Lothian question, requires a decisive answer.
So the next step would be forLondon to leave the Union?