Scotland: A couple of views from the media:-
- Things will never be the same again. Whatever Scots decide on Thursday, this is only the start of a formidable constitutional convulsion. The question to be resolved this week is what its character will be. . . . The split will be anything but amicable.
- Scotland is sleepwalking into a nightmare.
- My Father would have voted No - In Spanish.
And here's a view from me . . . Not long now until we know what the Scots have decided. If they do, at the last minute, plump for independence, then this is a list of all the things that should immediately be implemented in London, in no particular order:
- All Scottish MPs at Westminster to be sent home.
- All Scottish broadcasters and journalists to be sacked - Kirsty Walk, Andrew Marr, Andrew Neil, etc., etc.
- All government posts manned by Scots - quite a lot - to be immediately vacated. Can't have foreigners in these.
- Bagpipe music to be banned, on penalty of death.
- Similarly the wearing of tartan, especially in the form of kilts.
- Importation or manufacture of haggis to be banned (a long-standing goal) and offenders hung, drawn and quartered, with their guts then being made into haggises, to be sold to the Scots.
- A ban to be introduced on the import of Scottish products such as whisky and shortbread.
- All RUK customers of Scottish banks and insurance companies to be compelled to quit them, even if they move their head offices to London.
- All Scottish bands and groups to be banned, especially that one with the trousers that ended mid-calf. Oh, and Annie Lennox and the bloody Pretenders.
- All MPs in RUK who are Scots to resign immediately to that they can be replaced by citizens of the RUK
- Scotland - like Ireland - to be removed from the RUK weather forecasts.
- All BBC transmissions to Scotland to be stopped, especially Strictly Come Dancing and the X Factor.
- A ban to be introduced on all Scottish comedians, even Frankie Boyle, but especially the ones I can't understand. Which is most of them.
- Toll booths to be set up on the England-Scotland border, with free entry into Scotland but a toll of 100 pounds for Scots who want to come to England. Who cares if the Scots retaliate? No one will be going there except returning Scots no longer wanted in England.
- A ban on all Scottish students at RUK universities. With transitional arrangements, obviously.
- Closure of the RUK's submarine base in Scotland and the transfer of its 3,000 jobs to RUK.
- A death sentence on Alex Salmond, to be implemented if he ever sets foot in the RUK.
Watching both Alex Salmond and George Galloway on TV this morning, something strange happened. I came away with some respect for the latter. Never thought I'd write that.
And here's a courageous (foolhardy? reckless?) forecast: The No camp will win by more than 5 points, quite possibly even 10.
Now, it's time to give long overdue recognition to Carolina Ortera, of Pontevedra province, even if I'd never heard of her until this today. She seems to have been quite a gal around the turn of the 19th century. I quote:- Ortera grew to be the most sought after woman in all of Europe. She was serving, by this time, as a courtesan to wealthy and powerful men of the day, and she chose her lovers carefully. She associated herself with the likes of Prince Albert I of Monaco, King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, Kings of Serbia, and Kings of Spain as well as Russian Grand Dukes Peter and Nicholas, the Duke of Westminster and writer Gabriele D'Annunzio. Her love affairs made her infamous, and the envy of many other notable female personalities of the day. Here she is in a famously scandalous film of 1898. You'd have to say tastes in women have clearly changed. At least in my house. You can also see a film based on her life on Youtube, in parts. Here's Part 1.
Finally . . . Here's a headline you don't see very often, on 4 counts: Hundreds of micro pigs shot after running wild in Wales.