Tag Archives: secession

John Oliver On Scotland

Raw Story recaps: “So Scotland and England have been involved in something of a 300-year-old arranged marriage,” he explained, “And look, I will be the first one to acknowledge, England has been a little bit of a dick since the honeymoon. In 1746, we actually banned the kilt, just because we knew they liked it. And then, we chose ‘God …

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SCOTLAND: Polls Split On Final Weekend

Via the Telegraph: Polling experts said the Scottish independence referendum was “too close to call” on Saturday night as a clutch of surveys gave contradictory pictures of the state of the campaign. A survey of 705 Scots by ICM for The Telegraph suggested that the Yes vote had opened up an eight-point lead over the No campaign. Results of the …

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Groundskeeper Willie For Yes Scotland

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New From Yes Scotland

The pro-independence Yes Scotland appears to have adopted Dougie McClean’s 1977 classic Caledonia as their theme song. Caledonia has been covered by countless artists and is often described as Scotland’s unofficial national anthem. Kylie Minogue and Lulu performed the song with McLean at last month’s closing ceremony for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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New From Scotland Better Together

“With just one week to go, now’s the time to get out there and make the positive case for a No vote on 18 September – more powers for Scotland guaranteed, without taking on all the risks of separation. It’s the best of both worlds for Scotland.”

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Alan Cumming For Yes Scotland

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British PM David Cameron Pleads With Scots Not Rip Apart “Family Of Nations”

Via Reuters: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday begged Scots not to rip apart the United Kingdom’s “family of nations”, flying to Scotland to man the barricades against a surge in support for independence eight days before a referendum. Cameron appealed to Scots to use their heads and their hearts when they voted on Sept. 18. He reminded them …

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UK: Feds Offer More Perks To Scotland As Polls Swing To Secession Side

The British government is “scrambling” to offer more perks to Scotland after a recent poll shows a slim majority are now in favor of independence. British finance minister George Osborne said on Sunday that plans would be set out in the coming days to give Scotland more autonomy on tax, spending and welfare if Scots vote against independence in a …

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Another Royal Baby Is Coming

Via the Telegraph: Forget tea time, beefeaters or those derelict red phone boxes – nothing makes you feel more proud to be British that the world’s most photogenic royal couple announcing that they’re expecting a second child. And with ten days until Scotland votes on whether to remain part of the – proudly royal – British union, could the excitement …

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SCOTLAND: Pro-Independence Group Aims To Place LGBT Rights In New Constitution

Next week a subgroup of the Yes Scotland secession movement will hold a meeting to discuss enshrining LGBT rights in a new national constitution. YES LGBT and MSP Patrick Harvie will host the conference on Monday in Glasgow, and will address issues such as the written constitution, equality law, gender recognition, asylum policy and foreign policy. An introduction to the …

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SCOTLAND: Secession Drive May Fail

Scotland’s referendum on independence from the United Kingdom is just weeks away and it appears that concerns about the economic impact of secession may have doomed the cause. Many businesses in Scotland have reservations about independence. Standard Life, a pensions and investments company based in Edinburgh, in May said it had drawn up plans to move operations to England if …

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ITALY: Venice Begins Secession Vote

The Italian region of Veneto yesterday began voting in a secession referendum. La Serenissima — or the Most Serene Republic of Venice — was an independent trading power for a millennium before its last leader was deposed by Napoleon in 1797. The republic encompassed not just Venice but what is now the surrounding region of Veneto and it is there …

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Six Californias Petition Given Green Light

California has given the green light to a group that will collect petitions that could force a 2016 public vote on a proposal to split the state into six new states. Tim Draper filed a ballot initiative in December stating that because of recent social and economic changes California has become “nearly ungovernable.” The plan aims to settle California’s financial …

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The 124 States Of America

An interesting map from the Washington Post: Secessionist movements are all the rage these days. A handful of counties in Colorado tried to secede from the rest of the state earlier this year. There’s an attempt to create the State of Jefferson (northern California/southern Oregon) via ballot initiative in 2014. And there’s plenty more. What would the U.S. look like …

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Six Californias

The drive to break up California is reaching new heights of crazy with the Six Californias website, which features little more than the above graphic and an email contact. Still, the site is being excitedly passed around in Teabagistan.  Today the Verge tells us that the Six Californias plan is the brainchild of venture capitalist Tim Draper: While the state …

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San Diego Paper Calls For Splitting CA Into Separate Liberal & Wingnut States

From the editorial board of the San Diego Union-Times, which is owned by Tea Party nut and major Prop 8 backer Doug Manchester: It may not be necessary to destroy California in order to fix it. But it may be necessary to cut it in two, carving out a 51st state of New California where taxes are low, regulations are …

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Catalonia Rallies For Independence

Hundreds of thousands of independence activists today attempted to create a 250-mile human chain across Spain’s Catalonia region. The human chain was planned on a traditional regional holiday that last year saw more than one million people come out in protest in Barcelona, the largest show of separatist sentiment since the 1970s. The chain, named the Catalan Way, was due …

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Texas Attorney General Candidate: We Are Ready To Be An Independent Nation

“We are uniquely situated because we have energy resources, fossil and otherwise, and our own independent electrical grid. Generally speaking, we have made great progress in becoming an independent nation, an ‘island nation’ if you will, and I think we want to continue down that path so that if the rest of the country falls apart, Texas can operate as …

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Colorado Counties To Vote On Secession

Seven rural Colorado counties have reportedly approved a November ballot measure that will ask residents if they want to break away and form the state of North Colorado. I took the above map from the website of the 51st State Initiative and it looks like the counties in yellow are also targeted. From the wingnut Washington Times: Forming a state …

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TODAY: Texas Rallies For Independence

Texan secessionists will stage a rally today on the Capitol steps in Austin. We are calling on every Texan who supports the freedom and independence of Texas to rally up on the north side. Bring signs, Texas flags and flags from the Texas Revolution to show that we want our freedom and independence and we want the Legislature to answer …

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