What if England seceded from the UK?

Scotland voted to stay in the United Kingdom.  But now some of the English are thinking maybe they should secede.  The other members–Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales–have their own parliaments and can vote on their own local issues.  England, though, just has the one centralized UK Parliament in London.

That means the Scots, the Irish, and the Welsh, all of whom have big representation in London, can vote on measures that affect England, but not vice versa.  For example, Scottish lawmakers in London voted to impose university tuition costs on England, though, thanks to the Scottish parliament, tuition is free in Scotland.   Some are calling for a separate English parliament, creating something of a federalist system.  Others are suggesting that the UK Parliament allow English-only votes on English-only issues. [Read more...]

Great Britain will decentralize its government

In response to the near secession of Scotland from the United Kingdom, the British government is promising to decentralize, giving more power to regional and local governments.  (Not just Scotland but Wales and Northern Ireland already have their own parliaments.  England hasn’t, being content to rule all of the others, but now England itself may become more like a state in the larger United Kingdom.)

The desire for weaker central governments seems to be a world-wide phenomenon and is exactly what American conservatives have been calling for.  But the British have always put on the best Tea Parties. [Read more...]

Scotland votes to stay in Great Britain

The United Kingdom remains united, as Scotland voted not to secede.  The final vote was pretty decisive, with 55% of Scots voting “no” and 45% voting “yes.” [Read more...]

Scotland might secede next Thursday

The people of Scotland will vote on Thursday, September 18, on whether or not to secede from Great Britain.  When we blogged about it before in 2012, the chances for a “yes” majority seemed remote, but one poll last weekend showed the secessionists winning.  Though other polls suggest that the United Kingdom will remain united, the English–including political leaders of all parties–are in something of a panic as they realize that Scotland could very well leave.

Usually, nationalists are on the right, but the pro-Independence movement in Scotland seems dominated by the left.  And yet, as a Washington Post analysis suggests, a major consequence would be removing 41 Labour Party members from the English parliament, possibly endangering the UK’s membership in the European Union.  And no one knows what the economic repercussions would be for either country. [Read more...]

Secession movements

What with the European Union, globalization, the United Nations, and being a “citizen of the world,” the trend was supposed to be for the elimination of narrow nationalisms in favor of cosmopolitanism and ever-larger unions.  But now nationalism is back, and little countries are trying to break away from big countries.  After the jump, links to those efforts, including the upcoming vote in Scotland to secede from Great Britain.  How do you account for this phenomenon? [Read more...]

King George VII

The royal baby has been named:  George Alexander Louis.  If all goes well for the young tyke, he will someday become King George VII.   His parents went with a very traditional name for an English monarch.  I was wondering if we would have something more modern. King Dylan.  King Aidan.  King Todd.

After the jump, an explanation for the lad’s names.  (I don’t think royals have  a last name.) [Read more...]


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