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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1685 times:

Well, sort of.

It's the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union between England and Scotland. There are riotous celebrations going on everywhere, such as um....well, there's a special £2 coin being minted and er...that's it.

The BBC carried out an opinion poll to mark the occasion, and whilst it seems most people both sides of the border are in favour of the union, there is dissatisfaction - not least amongst the English:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6264823.stm


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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1674 times:

I hear Gkirk is planning a 1 man revolt(ing) to ensure it doesn't make it to 400 years.

User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1673 times:

Well that makes two of us coz it's my birthday too

Kay


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1669 times:

Quoting Kay (Reply 2):
Well that makes two of us coz it's my birthday too

Old bugger.  Wink



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24938 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1659 times:

Quoting Banco (Thread starter):

It's the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union between England and Scotland. There are riotous celebrations going on everywhere, such as um....well, there's a special £2 coin being minted and er...that's it.

The BBC carried out an opinion poll to mark the occasion, and whilst it seems most people both sides of the border are in favour of the union, there is dissatisfaction - not least amongst the English:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politi...3.stm

Very sad day  Sad

We must be right eejits allowing ourselves to be ruled by a bunch of  censored   Sad

Sooner we become independent again, the better  Smile



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1657 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 4):
We must be right eejits allowing ourselves to be ruled by a bunch of

Yes, Scotland has done soooo badly out of it, hasn't it?  Yeah sure

Looking forward to your 6p tax increase without English money are you?



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24938 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1655 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 5):
Looking forward to your 6p tax increase without English money are you?

As long as it means our country isn't governed by a numpty like Blair or Brown, then aye.



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1655 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 6):
As long as it means our country isn't governed by a numpty like Blair or Brown, then aye.

The Scot or the Scot, you mean? Big grin



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24938 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1653 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 7):
The Scot or the Scot, you mean? Big grin

Both traitors...

Anyway, I shall await for 777236ER to come along and say how Scotland could never survive on it's own, it would be £100billion in debt, etc etc  Yeah sure



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1652 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 8):
Anyway, I shall await for 777236ER to come along and say how Scotland could never survive on it's own, it would be £100billion in debt, etc etc

Well. That would be going too far. But Scotland would undoubtedly be poorer as a result.



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24938 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1651 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 9):
But Scotland would undoubtedly be poorer as a result.

We'd be richer actually. You thieving bastards wouldn't be able to claim our oil and gas Big grin



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1645 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 10):
We'd be richer actually. You thieving bastards wouldn't be able to claim our oil and gas

The way oil and gas is demarcated is a line of latitude from the east coast border. Much of it is actually in English waters, something the SNP fail to mention when they talk about oil and gas reserves.

Even if the entire North Sea revenues were ascribed to Scotland (which they wouldn't be), it's still just a drop in the ocean (ho ho) compared to the English subsidy. The figures are inarguable, Kirkie. If you still want independence, fine. But don't pretend you'd be better off, you wouldn't be, you'd be much worse off.



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24938 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1636 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 11):
The way oil and gas is demarcated is a line of latitude from the east coast border. Much of it is actually in English waters, something the SNP fail to mention when they talk about oil and gas reserves.

Even if the entire North Sea revenues were ascribed to Scotland (which they wouldn't be), it's still just a drop in the ocean (ho ho) compared to the English subsidy. The figures are inarguable, Kirkie. If you still want independence, fine. But don't pretend you'd be better off, you wouldn't be, you'd be much worse off.

Speak English!  duck 

Lets see how Scotland would be better off  Wink
1) We wouldn't be colonised anymore
2) We could choose our own future path to world domination survival
3) We wouldn't be duped into entering false wars
4) We could watch and laugh as England entered the Euro
5) We could forge closer diplomatic ties between ourselves, Canada and Denmark
6) Oil and gas  duck 
7) 10,000,000,000 other reasons  Wink



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User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1633 times:

8) Control of the worlds supply of "Tunnock's" caramel wafers.

User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1632 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 12):
1) We wouldn't be colonised anymore

Er...Scotland chose to unite.

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 12):
3) We wouldn't be duped into entering false wars

Since you'd only be able to afford one machine gun between you, this wouldn't be a problem.

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 12):
4) We could watch and laugh as England entered the Euro

You see, this is the bit of the SNP's manifesto that really confuses me. They want independence, but say they'll join the Euro, immediately handing over the economic independence to a much bigger entity than the UK. It's really weird. And you oppose the Euro anyway, don't you?

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 12):
5) We could forge closer diplomatic ties between ourselves, Canada and Denmark

Really? How?

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 12):
7) 10,000,000,000 other reasons

Do tell.  Wink



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24938 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1632 times:

Quoting Willo (Reply 13):
8) Control of the worlds supply of "Tunnock's" caramel wafers.

 bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24938 posts, RR: 56
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1629 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 14):
Really? How?

I have it on good authority that Canadians and Danes also love Deep Fried Mars Bars  Wink

Quoting Banco (Reply 14):
You see, this is the bit of the SNP's manifesto that really confuses me. They want independence, but say they'll join the Euro, immediately handing over the economic independence to a much bigger entity than the UK. It's really weird. And you oppose the Euro anyway, don't you?

Aye, thats one thing I disagree with the SNP about.

Tommy Sheridans party sounds a hoot though  Wink

Quoting Banco (Reply 14):
Er...Scotland chose to unite.

Forced at gunpoint  scratchchin 



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1628 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 16):
I have it on good authority that Canadians and Danes also love Deep Fried Mars Bars

And no doubt will be the world leaders on cardiology in future.  Wink

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 16):
Aye, thats one thing I disagree with the SNP about.

A fairly major thing, wouldn't you say? Would they hold a referendum on it?

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 16):
Forced at gunpoint

Hardly. "Bribed" might be better. And we've been bribing you ever since. In any case, haven't you colonised us?  Wink



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24938 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1626 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 17):
Hardly. "Bribed" might be better. And we've been bribing you ever since. In any case, haven't you colonised us? Wink

Do tell, old chap, how wonderfully England done in the Ashes recently?  Wink

http://www.scottishindependence.com/
 bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1625 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 18):
Do tell, old chap, how wonderfully England done in the Ashes recently?

Ah, the expression of Scottish self-confidence. Seeing what England are doing.  Yeah sure  Wink

Kirkie, you can propound independence as much as you like. I don't really care. I just think you'd be insane, but hey, I look forward to my tax cut.



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24938 posts, RR: 56
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1621 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 19):
Kirkie, you can propound independence as much as you like. I don't really care. I just think you'd be insane, but hey, I look forward to my tax cut.

If Independence doesn't happen, then fine, it isn't the end of the world. My fight will move on to another cause...like disembowling thon EU thingymajig  fight  box 



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1615 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 20):
If Independence doesn't happen, then fine, it isn't the end of the world

Can I ask you, seriously, why you want independence? I know we Scots and English bicker all the time and slag each other off, but that's just a small family argument. Why do you really want it?



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24938 posts, RR: 56
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1613 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 21):
Can I ask you, seriously, why you want independence? I know we Scots and English bicker all the time and slag each other off, but that's just a small family argument. Why do you really want it?

To prove to the world that we ARE a real country and can go it alone. Plus, I think everything that concerns our country, should be handled in our country, i.e. in Edinburgh, and not 500 miles away in Londres.



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1611 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 22):
To prove to the world that we ARE a real country and can go it alone.

But you always could. Just because you can do something doesn't mean that you should. Why care what the rest of the world thinks, it's got to be based on what's best for you, surely?

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 22):
Plus, I think everything that concerns our country, should be handled in our country, i.e. in Edinburgh, and not 500 miles away in Londres.

Most of it is. Seems to me that you have the best of all worlds, really. The Scottish Parliament does everything you want it to, apart from foreign affairs, and in foreign affairs, Scotland on its own would be a complete irrelevance. And you also have a say in English affairs of course (the thing which infuriates all of us south of the border), and which to be fair, I know you find wrong.



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24938 posts, RR: 56
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1609 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 23):
and which to be fair, I know you find wrong.

Indeed, that is wrong. But I also find that hilarious  Silly

Would you like to have English matters run from Paris for example?

Anyway, shouldn't you be in that wheelchair racing thread?  duck 



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25 Toulouse : Glad to see you Scots using Irish slang!
26 Post contains images Banco : We have them run from Scotland, don't we? And anyway, Scotland and England aren't foreign countries from one another. Like it or not, we're on the sa
27 Post contains images Gkirk : You lot We should send you to Australia, like the other load of folks you sent there way a few years back
28 Post contains images Gkirk : To be sure, to be sure Seamus
29 Post contains images Cornish : I think it would be good to hear from Skidmarks about just how much excitement there was on the very day that this came about 300 hundred years ago H
30 Post contains images Banco : The Scots are only Irish people who can swim, after all.
31 Post contains images Gkirk : Now look what you've done Banco The only thing worse than Cornish turning up in this thread, would be for JGPH1A to turn up at yer local McDonalds
32 Post contains images Banco : He's that old? 30,000 years? Got to say it, but the old boy looks rather good on it, considering.
33 Post contains images Kay : Getting older, but no proof that it's older than you
34 Post contains images Banco : I'm not the one celebrating my 300th, Grandad.
35 Post contains images Gkirk : Aye, yer celebrating yer 20,000th birthday, old fossil
36 Post contains images Cornish : That'll be the Blue Circle moisturiser he uses
37 MD11Engineer : As you guys probably would want to join the EU as an independent country, then you'll have to remember that ALL EU newcomers WILL have to become part
38 Post contains images Banco : Good point, well made.
39 Post contains images Gkirk : Actually, we wouldn't want to enter the EU And a referendum, that Alex Salmond would have to call, would show you that
40 Post contains images JGPH1A : No no - Oil of Delay ! A fatwah on all Pictish trogladytes and their flea-infested province. I propose an EU-subsidized feasibility study into towing
41 ME AVN FAN : and I expected him to launch a big party with fireworks in his pub tonight ! - isn't Brown a Scot ? - who is to own the "British" share of the North
42 Post contains images Gkirk :
43 BHXFAOTIPYYC : SNP policy is "a strong Scotland in the EU" which is a total contradiction in terms of course. Same policy with Plaid Cymru.
44 Post contains links 777236ER : Well, you ignored the figures the last time I posted them, so maybe I should post them again. £34 billion was generated in tax in scotland in 2003-0
45 Post contains images Gkirk : Christ, took yer time did you not?
46 Post contains images Banco : And your reply is?
47 Post contains images Gkirk : None, I was expecting all that
48 Post contains images Cornish : Great Idea. I LIKE EU-subsidized feasibility studies. Perfect for those end of year bonuses
49 Banco : But they are valid points. And ones that a supporter of independence should address, don't you think?
50 Post contains images 777236ER : I was banned. Can you believe that? If you truly want independence and aren't just doing it out of some anti-English spite, then feel free to vote fo
51 Post contains images Banco : Putting the case for the auditors, is it not possible simply to use it for target practice as it is?
52 Post contains images Cornish : It would be a bit like the Czechoslovakia split. When that happened there was none of the armed conflict that followed breakaways in other places. Th
53 Post contains images Gkirk : Aye, but if I was so anti-English, I wouldn't work in England (although that may be changing ), I wouldn't go out drinking in England, and I wouldn't
54 Post contains images Andreas : Indeed you are!
55 Banco : To be fair, that's out of context. He never said it was anti-English, he posed the question. But, Kirkie, I would be interested to hear your reply to
56 777236ER : Well, I'm not so sure. Whisky aside, what reason is there to drink in Scotland, apart from if you like drunken fights? Belhaven is lovely, and the Is
57 Post contains images Cornish : Why not invite the Americans over. We could tow some old frigate out into the North Sea and tell them they could use it for target practice. Chances
58 Post contains images Banco : Yes, but what if they took out France instead? That'd be disas....oh hang on...
59 Post contains images Gkirk : Aye, because we all know you've a long standing agreement with the Frogs and Germans Anyway, I'll answer the points made, when I've got more time to
60 777236ER : Sounds like Nottingham. Anyway, if you're not anti-English, and you're pretty conservative, why do you want independence for Scotland?
61 Gkirk : I would like my country to be recognised as a country worldwide. That's all, some recognition. If it doesn't happen, and people don't vote for it, th
62 777236ER : So you want recognition, as opposed to all the tangible things that affect your life? Is recognition worth fewer public services, higher taxes and do
63 TSV : One of which I suspect has something to do with cohabitation with Sheep...
64 Banco : You'd be recognised worldwide as a bunch of nutters who threw away self-government with whacking great subsidies in return for an "independence" that
65 ME AVN FAN : what do they need "defence" for ? Whatever they have will be "leased" to the British Royals (suppose QEII will then be Queen of Scotland) and therefo
66 Helvknight : Not forgetting Barrs Irn Bru
67 777236ER : Ireland is part of the EU.
68 MD11Engineer : No before evacuating the Scottish women to the continent! (I love Scottish accents on women)! Jan
69 Post contains images 777236ER : Oh, well if it works that way, I suggest that the UK should invade Ireland
70 ME AVN FAN : corrected text : - what do they need "defence" for ? Whatever they have will be "leased" to the British Royals (suppose QEII will then be Queen of Sco
71 777236ER : Why should Scotland get 'considerable' EU subsidies?
72 ME AVN FAN : because it is, by E.U. standards, "European" but "underdeveloped" and relatively poor .
73 TheCol : I have immense pride for our people. However, the Scots need the English just as much as the English need Scots. Plus, the two cultures are so intert
74 777236ER : Per capita higher than Portugal, Greece, Spain, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovak
75 ME AVN FAN : THIS is absolutely NO argument. "the two cultures" of Canada and the USA, Switzerland and Germany and Austria, and much of Spanish speaking Latin Ame
76 Post contains images VH-KCT* : Well there's already a wall there, isn't there? Just need to add some little wooden towers and some kilted Caledonians to keep watch
77 TheCol : I don't think you understood me. Scottish culture and tradition is well represented in the UK's infrastructure since the amalgamation (just look at t
78 777236ER : But the argument you make is ridiculous. You're suggesting that the EU should subsidise Scotland so they can keep the same quality of living they'd o
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