Posted on Friday 19 September 2014


    Peter Parry
    September 19, 2014 | 12:39 AM

    On one hand (being London born) I would’ve been a bit sad to see the UK break apart, but mainly I find that I’m sorry the YES vote lost. It was inspiring to see the passion and discussions amongst the YES campaign – not for Scottish nationalism – but for more local self-determination and a fairer society, more free of the influence of big business and backroom dealing. It is not just Big Pharma who undermine the common good for profit and power, but is an endemic problem of our current society. Hopefully that sentiment and healthy scepticism of authority and its media that arose amongst particularly young Scots does not dissipate after this referendum.

    September 19, 2014 | 12:57 AM


    Well said. My three years in Suffolk endeared me to the UK as it is, but I would’ve been happy with a YES too for the reasons you mention. It was like watching a sporting contest where I was for both teams. The YES vote of 45% was still a strong statement and I hope Westminster hears it, and adds some more Union to their Jack…

    James O'Brien, M.D.
    September 19, 2014 | 10:50 AM

    Scotland would have just been trading dependency on London for dependency on Brussels. Meet the new boss same as the old boss….

    I’d focus on better advertising in the US and China of single malts to boost their economy.

    James O'Brien, M.D.
    September 19, 2014 | 11:49 AM

    I didn’t realize until I read the news this morning that 16 year olds were voting in Scotland for independence.

    Sixteen with easy access to Laphroig does not sound like a recipe for sound judgment.

    This is absurd. More underdeveloped dorsolateral prefrontal cortices with power does not make a better society. It was a mistake here to lower the age to 18. Should have been raised to 25.

    This is one aspect of “neuroscience” that isn’t controversial. Too bad it isn’t translated into policy.

    September 19, 2014 | 12:35 PM

    i know dr obrien, but i think the commonwealth vote is important. the sad part is the 16 year olds just wanted an epic party. i’m sure mitt’s affiliates had enough molly, cocaine, etc on hand for the anticipated party.

    i suspect this referendum ambush (it only became a real story in the past week or so) was engineered by georgie boy soros & the rothschild. an independent scotland would have been ripe for the picking.

    all in all, i’m glad to see that Her Majesty’s realm remains intact. however, i am growing increasingly concerned with the americanization of the commonwealth constitutional system, and i’m hopeful our monarch acts swiftly & decisively very soon.

    things like drug trial transparency (and the like) should be causes championed by our government. however, given the plethora of politicians who are financial hostages to the stock market, our constitution will be under fire for the forseeable future unless Her Majesty does something.

    I am hopeful this has awoken commonwealth patriots around the world to work together, as the overlap in constitutional systems across our great nations give us a real opportunity to engage in a true reform of the health system that can serve as a model for the rest of the world.

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