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The Scottish Nationalist Party has taken the most votes in the election here and Scotland is shell shocked.

Whilst there is no question that Scotland will suddenly leave the United Kingdom a seismic event has occured.

When I was a kid they were the * Tartan Tories*, meaning a bunch of small minded Scottish Conservatives. Not now.

Their leader Alex Salmond is a sharp, witty, urbane man who will cause the political establishment in London serious concern.  He has promised a referendum on independence within 4 years.

Will it happen?..I dont know...no one does..people are wandering about Edinburgh with silly expressions.  I will keep OPED informed.

  What happened?  Scotland has voted Labour since 1964 ..solidly.

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 Even when Thatcher won a landslide in England she only got 3 votes here!

The gorgon never impressed anyone north of the border and the Labour party took us for granted.

 Then came Blair.  He romped home here. We loved him .

 I met him..shook his hand.  " Go for it Tony"  I said.

 And not....." Dont go to war you oily bas&ar*"!

IRAQ. Thats what done it.

 I am so proud of the people of Scotland I could burst.


'Hamish ' is an antiwar writer socialist- scientist and musician living in Scotland.

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While I share Hamish' contempt for Blair's... by Robert Chapman on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 2:26:16 PM
The ballot paper was odd and complicated and a lot... by Hamish on Monday, May 7, 2007 at 12:42:08 AM
Seperation is inevitable, I say. But then where wo... by Tony Forest on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 2:42:58 PM
I'm glad to read this. I didn't know that ... by Carol V. Hamilton on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 3:29:47 PM
Salmond was the only major figure who opposed the ... by Hamish on Monday, May 7, 2007 at 12:31:54 AM
Scotland or Vermont?... by Blue Pilgrim on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 4:30:32 PM
Hamish, wish I could share your optimism. It'... by davy on Monday, May 7, 2007 at 1:53:06 AM
And anything Blairian. And Bush is sinking the USA... by Missy Comley Beattie on Monday, May 7, 2007 at 6:21:18 AM
Congratulations Scotland!  The Labour Party d... by Michael Collins on Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 10:15:36 PM