An American's guide to Scottish Independence
Truth doesn't "live here" — It's just camping out
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16 October 2012
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- History is being made over the pond, as for the first time in over 400 years of the historic union between England and Scotland, the Jocks are to have a referendum about whether they want to become an independent state. In the past, the questions used in similar referenda such as those presented to Australians in 1999 were criticised for being less than straightforward, so the British and Scottish heads of state opted for a single question, rendered in both English and Scottish:
"Do you wish to remain part of the United Kingdom?" Yes / No
"Are youse awanting tae haud on wi tha Sassenachs?" Aye / Och No
The view from London Edit
British (i.e. English) Prime Minister David Cameron is ostensibly unionist. In the same way that Barrack Obama could not declare himself open to letting all the bible-bashing, Confederate flag-bearing hicks from the South form their own cesspit dystopia - even if it would make him happier than anything in the world - Cameron has to pretend the United Kingdom would somehow be weaker without Scotland, a country which only tops international tables when the word 'heart disease' or 'heroin' is a key word in the title.
In reality, London would be happy for Scotland to cast off into the North Sea. London is an evil place, fueled entirely by its passion for its only post-Victorian industry: The Dark Financial Arts. At the moment, much of the income tax collected in London goes to Scotland, where the politicians have the cheek to implement socialist policies like free college education.
The view from Scotland Edit
Many Scottish independistas, such as self-confessed wife-beater Sean Connery and anti-Semitic, alcoholic, professional English-baiter Mel Gibson don't actually live in Scotland. Those that do face a difficult choice: to assert their national identity and stand on their own two feet, or lovely, lovely, black, evil London money.
Scottish First Minister  Alex Salmon, who is delicious when smoked and served with cream cheese, pursued the independence policy simply to gain populist support. Now, sources close to the Scotland and Heart of Midlothian fan say that he is wracked with nerves about Scotland actually achieving independence. "The stress is playing havoc with his bowels," one said, "He is going to the cludgie [bathroom] almost once a day - 7 times the national average!"
What to say Edit
- "They can never take our freedom!"
- "You go girl! We hate them lousy Brits too! No wait, them lousy English! Er, what's the position on Wales?"
- "My grandfather was Scottish!"
Note: remember to pronounce Edinburgh as 'Edin-borough' and Glasgow as 'Glaz-go"
What not to say Edit
- "You're British? So are you English, or Scotch?"
- "Hey, when you print off the constitution, don't deep-fry that shit! That's what you guys do right? Man, I studied for a semester in Edin-berg - you guys were deep-frying everything, Mars Bars, pies, toddlers, I swear to God!"
- "My grandfather was Scottish! And my grandmother was German. My mom married an Italian, and now my dad is screwing a Puerto Rican. We don't care about your tribal shit around here."
- "My only reference points for your culture are kilts, haggis, whiskey and Groundskeeper Willie."
|An American's guide to Scottish Independence was an article written for the Noob only writing competition 2012!|
Yay for us!
And yay for them!
- Phil McHock "Cameron and Salmond sign Scottish referendum deal: Politics live blog". Guardian, October 14, 2012