June 5, 2009
What had at one stage appeared to be a pedestrian campaign in comparison to its fleet-footed pro-independence rival found a new urgency in the final weeks ahead of the vote. Experts say that helped it hang on to its lead against a last-minute surge in separatist support.
Scottish voters awoke Friday to find their country will still be part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum. WSJ's Jenny Gross reports from Edinburgh. Photo: AP
"We have chosen unity over division," said Alistair Darling, a former U.K. finance minister and leader of the Better Together campaign, early Friday when victory was assured.
Yet the final tally—55% of Scots who voted chose to stay in the U.K. and 45% cast their ballot for independence—was tighter than many had predicted."...
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April 9, 2009
On one hand, it might have been the smart thing to do. After you get past all the saber-rattling from the old guard, they didn't seem to have much of a long term game plan. They now have the ability to argue for more independent powers and autonomy while still being able to rely on England for support in the global market. From my limited understanding, their idea of using the oil in the North Sea as a main export wouldn't have been viable because the actual owners of that area weren't interested in giving it to an independent Scotland, but I could be completely wrong on that subject.
On the other, it's depressing that people would choose complacency over independence, even if it might have been a lot of work to make the dream come true. That might just be the rebel in me, though.
War is an extension of economics and diplomacy through other means.
Economics and diplomacy are methods of securing resources used by humans.
Securing resources is the one necessary behavior for all living things.
War = Life