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Please Scotland Vote No

Scotland makes Great Britain

Scotland makes Great Britain

I won’t be able to persuade the hard-core separatists. You know the ones: those you’ve seen on the news in recent days who swarm like moths to the lights of the TV cameras and wave their Yes posters and Saltires like it was the Nuremburg rally all over again. It’s funny how the Left always shout ‘racist!’ to any opposing view on immigration or Europe but don’t find it offensive in the slightest to demonise an entire race of English people. But I can’t say I’m surprised.

Anyway, this post is a plea to the mainstream Scot whom I love dearly, those you don’t see making fools of themselves on national TV, the silent majority going about their business. You are part of me. I have Scottish roots through both my mother’s and father’s side of our family. The clue is probably in my surname! Please don’t leave us tomorrow.

When polling stations open at 7am on Thursday, the voters of Scotland are going to be asked a question of magnificent proportions. If Alex Salmond’s separatists get their way then the most successful union in history will be gone – forever. And we will all be poorer for it: our economies will take a nosedive and our position on the world stage will be diminished. The answer can’t be changed in our children’s or grandchildren’s lifetimes – no one will be asked your question again for at least 100 years and probably 300 years. Since 1707, Scotland and England have joined together through thick and thin:  we have together developed one of the most successful economies on Earth with Scotland freely selling more to the rest of the UK than every other country in the world combined; and our forbearers have contributed their lives, along with our Welsh and Northern Ireland comrades in two world wars, defeating Hitler’s fascism in 1945. We are Great Britain because of Scotland. Please keep us Great for another 300 years.

I know you must be sick of the politicians popping up on your TV screens – I know I am. So I end my message to you with the words of the journalist Tim Stanley who has still summed up best why we in the rest of the UK so desperately want you to Vote No tomorrow and stay with us.

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WATCH: Tim Stanley: I Vow to Thee, My Country

BBC Question Time these days is usually far too right-on, metropolitan elite for my liking but last night was different because the new hero of the Right, Daily Telegraph blogger Tim Stanley, was on the panel.

The questions turned to Scottish Independence. Move over Darling (as an E. Blackadder would say) and unleash Mr Stanley into the Better Together campaign. Superb, superb, superb.

I was in Belgium this week and colleagues were comparing Scotland and England to Belgium and The Netherlands and the historical rivalry between their two countries which divides Belgium north to south (yes, indeed that bastion of EU-philia is not united themselves) but there is a slight difference: Scotland and England are the SAME country – and may our wonderful union continue for ever more. Vote No our Scottish friends on 18th September and stay with us.

Hat-tip to Guido Fawkes for video.

The Left really are vile lawless people

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Ukip leader Nigel Farage was in Scotland yesterday campaigning in the Holyrood Aberdeen Donside by-election.

Whilst there he held a press conference in the Canons’ Gait pub (where else?) on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, near the Scottish Parliament.

Word got around Mr Farage was in town and the vile hard-Left descended on the pub, where the Ukip leader was luckily surrounded by journalists and camera crews. The Left barged in and started to verbally threaten and barrack Mr Farage, with all the sophistication of a wild pack of animals trying to catch and devour their prey.

Things got very ugly and later the Ukip leader needed to be given safe passage away from the pub by the Police.

This is how the Left “debate”. Whereas the British Right (i.e. Ukip and the Conservatives) debate sensibly and politely the Left turn into savage beasts to express their point. Charming…