August 26, 2005

...So Long As 100 Of Us Can Remain Alive...

On Tuesday, August the 23rd of 2005 Sir William Wallace was honored in a ceremony in the place where he was executed by the English in 1305.

Sir William Wallace was further honored by a few polls over the years:

"Opinion polls in recent years suggest between a quarter and a half of Scotland's 5 million people want the same independence from London which Wallace fought for seven centuries ago."

The man who honored Wallace in the ceremony went further to show his respect:

"Our country is still ruled from somewhere else,' he said, referring to the British parliament. 'It's time the leaders in Scotland woke up and listened to what the people want."

That quote was from David Ross, historian, author, musician & International Convener of the Society of William Wallace. I also recommend looking at his site

700 years ago Wallace was tortured, executed, butchered & scattered because he dared stand up to a foreign king who claimed dominion over his home. Today Scotland is still subject to the foreign land that Wallace fought against. It would seem to me that honoring Wallace would have to entail at least some sympathy for Scottish independence.

Now if the Scots wish to live subject to British Parliament then that's their decision. I'm not a Scot & I would not presume to tell them what to do with their country. But if you're wondering whether I'd support those Scots who wish to live absent the British Parliament my answer would have to be aye.

Posted by Publicola at August 26, 2005 05:39 AM | TrackBack

As long as the Scots relinquish their seats in the British Parliament, I have no issue with their desire to be independent.

As it is right now, Scots can vote on matters which pertain to the English only, but not vice-versa.

Doesn't seem right, somehow.

Of course, most porridge-monkeys are horrible, wealth-envying socialists, so I don't expect them to relinquish power anytime soon...

Posted by: Kim du Toit at August 28, 2005 11:25 AM

Agreed. For some reason the scots & the irish seem to be enthralled by socialism (not across the board, but just generally from what I've seen). I'm definitely not a fan of that system, but I'd rather any people be independent of another even if they'd do some miserable things with said independence. Besides, it'd take some effort for them to do a worse job than what they've experienced so far. The U.K. is quasi - to - outright socialist (depending upon how you view things) & let's not even speak of their victim disarmament laws.

Posted by: Publicola at August 28, 2005 04:30 PM
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