Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Blueprint for Independence

Scotland’s government has published a legal blueprint – a 670-page tome – that sets out the economic, social and democratic case for independence from the United Kingdom. The landmark document to break up the 300-year union was unveiled by the regional government in Edinburgh ahead of a historic referendum on the issue next September.
Only one-third of the 5.3 million Scots are currently in favor of breaking away, according to opinion polls. But Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond and leader of the Scottish National Party who is leading the pro-independence campaign insists he has time to convince voters of the economic and political benefits.
Interestingly, the plan is for Scotland to celebrate its independence day on March 24, 2016, should voters opt to leave the rest of the UK, comprising England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
March 24 has a symbolic importance because it marks the anniversary of the signing of the Acts of Union in 1707, which joined Scotland and England into a single kingdom. It is also the anniversary of the earlier Union of the Crowns in 1603, when Scotland’s king James VI became England’s monarch too following the death of the unmarried, childless queen Elizabeth I.
I attended the Sime Darby Healthcare Toastmasters meeting yesterday evening and even delivered a CC speech #3 titled “The Escape” – this is the 12th round of CC that I am embarking on. FYI, I am doing my eleventh and twelfth rounds simultaneously.

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