On the subject of anniversaries….

Graeme Smyth notes it is also the anniversary of Martin McGuinness unseating Willie McCrea by 2,000 votes. You sometimes get the sense (despite their parties’ forthcoming ‘pact’) that all is not quite forgiven. Nevertheless he goes on to give his view of the pragmatic reasons behind the original Union, and why he thinks small nation separatism just won’t work the way it is being pushed by the SNP:

I cant see how their arguments for a viable independent Scotland can work. Alex Salmond talks a lot about ”small countries” making it after independence; I don’t think that anyone would say that Albania has ‘made it,” and the same goes for Moldova. Norway and the Irish Republic are undoubtedly doing well, but the Irish Republic dwelt in economic stagnation for decades after independence.

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  • “It made little practical sense for two small countries on the same small island, sharing the same monarch, not to enjoy political and economic Union”

    Graeme’s background to the formation of the Union between England and Scotland is also surely the most compelling argument for the union of Ireland as a whole – without the monarch of course!!!!

  • Prince Eoghan

    We’re fairly getting spoiled with posts concerning Scotland Mick, I don’t seem to ever get any work done these days. Your fault entirely!

    >>here had also been the Darien fiasco, when the Scots tried, and failed miserably, to carve an empire for themselves in Central America.<

  • manichaeism

    “The Irish Republic dwelt in economic stagnation for decades after independence”.

    True.

    It wasn’t exactly a wealthy area of the UK prior to independence either though was it? In fact it was a poverty sticken dumb with any wealth there was almost solely in Protestant/British hands.

    Of course it took decades to recover from such a scenario.

  • manichaeism

    I meant “dump”

  • Greenflag

    posted by No 3 @ 12.08 ????

    ‘It wasn’t exactly a wealthy area of the UK prior to independence either though was it? In fact it was a poverty sticken dumb with any wealth there was almost solely in Protestant/British hands.’

    And how did whatever ‘wealth’ there was get into
    Protestant/British hands ?

    Oh I rememeber now .The Irish decided to give it to them because well because well because Cromwell’s men had to be paid and God was an Englishman and it said so in the Bible ?

    Better an Irish citizen than a Scottish subject

    God Shave Queenie

    Greenflag