Telegraph – England wants its independence

The United Kingdom should be broken up and Scotland and England set free as independent nations, according to a huge number of voters on both sides of the border.

A clear majority of people in both England and Scotland are in favour of full independence for Scotland, an ICM opinion poll for The Sunday Telegraph has found. Independence is backed by 52 per cent of Scots while an astonishing 59 per cent of English voters want Scotland to go it alone.

There is also further evidence of rising English nationalism with support for the establishment of an English parliament hitting an historic high of 68 per cent amongst English voters. Almost half – 48 per cent – also want complete independence for England, divorcing itself from Wales and Northern Ireland as well. Scottish voters also back an English breakaway with 58 per cent supporting an English parliament with similar powers to the Scottish one.

The poll comes only months before the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union between England and Scotland and will worry all three main political parties. None of them favours Scottish independence, but all have begun internal debates on the future of the constitution.

My Irish friend will be green like a leprechaun.

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I’d say that killing the Black Watch was a last straw, but honestly at that point it was probably meaningless.

Update (11.28):

Perusing this, not going to link to it, but then came across the last paragraph:

The Times – Meet Mr SNP and his fantastical snide-show, by David Aaronovitch<br/> The strange unrealpolitik of Alex Salmond, MP

But what a strange, backward-looking argument to be having as we contemplate massive population mobility, technological advances, Islamist terrorism and international environmental crises. Or perhaps that’s exactly why such an argument is happening now. The argument for Scottish independence is essentially an argument for avoiding hard choices; which is why Alex Salmond is so well qualified to make it. If there were a parallel dimension it would be fun to watch him win. But there isn’t.

I blame Dave. Mark Steyn’s always saying that’s what the Global Warming hoo-hah is all about, about avoiding the hard topics. But now Dave’s Global Warming Number One Worrier, which makes Global Warming a Truth as far as all of Britain is concerned, so they’ve got to go dig up some Scottish Independence to argue about.