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Commonwealth Calendar of Independence

Sick of unionist commentary and attempts to hijack the games? Try this handy Commonwealth calendar of independence. With thanks to Colm Gallagher ‏@blissapp [click to embiggen it]


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  1. JimnArlene says:

    Gets right to the point.

  2. Craig P says:

    Interestingly there are very few countries in the world without an independence day or national day holiday.

    The UK is one of them.

    1. Dean Richardson says:

      Maybe that’s because the Divided Kingdom is merely a state consisting of multiple countries.

  3. Illy says:

    Alternate Caption:

    “Don’t be afraid to let Westminster go, they’re used to it”

  4. gerry parker says:

    “embiggen” – I like it 🙂

  5. Derek McNeil says:

    Some Independent countries are simply not what you would choose. It’s easier to create power and corruption with less politicians running the show. The new Westminster would be Holyrood,if Scotland were to go a Independent. Those who live elsewhere in a Scotland will have great difficulty with this one! Anyone who has worked in the Scottish Office, Edinburgh will know of the bias I am referring.

    1. Illy says:

      Umm, surely a smaller government makes it harder to *hide* corruption?

      And with the election system Labour set us up with, hung parlements should be pretty common, which is a good thing. (they designed it so that one party getting a straight majority is *really hard* remember)

  6. Andrew Skea says:

    One way that Scotland differs from most of the other Commonwealth countries (England, Wales and Northern Ireland being the other exceptions) is that Scotland shares sovereignty (democracy) with the rest of the UK. The other countries never had any representation in our parliament.
    I think it is more relevant to compare Scotland with other Countries / States / Regions / Provinces of developed countries which have no desire to roll back the Shared Sovereignty that allows us all to work together in our shared objectives – examples include Bavaria, Nowfoundland, Texas, Western Australia and many many others.
    The Nationalist desire to roll back shared sovereignty in our increasingly interdependent world is far less common that the ‘Yes’ campaign want to admit.

  7. Amazing to think that all those independent countries used to be run from London, with all of their revenues taken by HM Treasury in Whitehall, and with Westminster politicians and civil servants deciding how much to send back as spending money.

    1. Dean Richardson says:

      And how many of them come back and start begging Westminster to be allowed back in?

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