Obie wrote:Okay lets just keep things in perspective Simon, and lets not get carried away.
Says the pot to the kettle.
Obie wrote:You need not trouble yourself with identifying your political position, as many people on the forum will be pretty conversant with your positions on the issues. I for one, am confident as to which part of the political spectrum your view are derived from.
And you could be wrong. I argued the Remain side of the argument with a colleague of mine, who was a Commonwealth migrant like myself, but didn't just vote for Brexit, but campaigned for it in a heavily Remain part of the country.
My arguments are meant to highlight that no one side of the argument is wholly correct.
The Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly of Wales, as currently constituted, are creatures of Acts of Parliament of the Parliament at Westminster. From that point of view, Nicola Sturgeon has about as much authority as the leader of the Oxfordshire County Council.
One could argue that there are four nations in the UK, but it is one state.
Obie wrote:The obligation of the Scottish First Minister is to represent her people and her view, even if they differ from that of the UK as a whole.
Quite correct too, and such representation should be treated with the respect due to a leader of 8% of the country.
Obie wrote:Mrs Surgeon is on the right side of public opinion.
And yet the referendum went against her point of view.
Obie wrote:right wing over-hyperactive zealots in the Torie party.
I find it delightfully amusing that the zealots
of the Tory party are called as such, but that the SNP, which is about as zealous as you can get on some topics, is "on the right side of public opinion". From my point of view, both are extremists (in political terms) and should be treated thus (i.e. their arguments should be discounted by the amount of zeal they show for their cause).
The more zeal and passion you show for a cause, the less likely that you will be rational and thoughtful about it.
Obie wrote:Suppressing the views of the people of Scotland will assist no one or maintain the Unity of the UK.
Thence my earlier suggestion that Nicola Sturgeon should call an indyref2.
If I get onto a train from London to Edinburgh, I can't then negotiate with the driver to divert the train to Cardiff. This is the direction of travel of the train, you're either in or out.
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