Scotland isn't ready for independence

  • Article by: RICHARD J. WILLIAMS , Foreign Policy
  • Updated: February 14, 2013 - 6:36 PM

Scotland’s decaying capital city shows why this country is not ready for independence.

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justsayinFeb. 14, 13 7:48 PM

Too bad we can't ask the MacDonalds of Glencoe whether Scotland is 'ready for independence'. Or maybe William Wallace would have an opinion. They've been ready for 700 years for goodness sakes.

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bblheadFeb. 14, 13 7:50 PM

As a former resident of Scotland for two years, I can say the observations you make on the condition of the country are largely based on the pole tax of 35% that is taken by England is largely to blame. Furthermore, businesses have been enticed to relocate to England from Scotland. Frankly, the people are ready for self govern and should be given the opportunity, regardless of your opinion. Most of the country is rural and had you taken the time to tour the countryside, you might have noticed that they have a pretty good life style. You also should recognize that many of the structures there are in excess of a couple hundred years old. You can not compare their long history to what you see int he US, it just doesn't compare.

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drudgemonkeyFeb. 14, 1310:03 PM

This guy has never been to St. Andrew's either. Not the golf course, the village. Beautiful and bustling. Scotland would do just fine without the having to pay into the UK. That Parliament Building in the capital, as a side note, is one my favorites in the world. I would like to see it fully utilized as the seat of Scottish government, free of the Brits.

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DufferHFeb. 14, 1310:03 PM

It is surreal to read in the local paper a screed on the failings of another major city -- this one just happens to be in Scotland. Has anyone checked out the landscape of this fair city lately. We aint got nuttin to brag about. And building a monstrous palace downtown to the great god of professional sports isn't going to help anything. Maybe we should think about the timber in our collective eye before we worry about the mote in Scotland's eye.

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hermajestyFeb. 14, 1310:12 PM

As I was reading about the ills of Edinburgh, I thought, "There are plenty of English cities that are just as decrepit or even worse."

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jarlmnFeb. 14, 1310:29 PM

Oh please. Good grief. Since when is a country's economic situation any basis at all for determining if it should have self-rule? Scotland, or any other place, should be able to decide by the will of it's own people, not the pontificating of some arm-chair economic policy-wonk like Williams! No matter if in rags or riches, a people should for themselves, decide how they are to be governed, regardless. Alas, it is our self-anointed "betters" like Williams, who also run rampant in the current US administration. What conceit and arrogance!

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albundy74Feb. 14, 1310:33 PM

An ill-founded editorial from someone who got the nickel tour from their hotel to the airport.

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mchristiFeb. 15, 1312:29 AM

Until I got to the bio line at the end, I would have thought this was some American complaining about Edinburgh. It reads as if what is new and flashy and modern is good, and anything with history is bad, or at least indifferent. If a city is going to be happening, or worthy of being a capital, it needs to be good and modern, not concerned with preserving its past, much less its architectural past (even if that preservation is wrought with problems of its own, as the author of this piece suggests it is). But such a drive, so prevalent in 20th century American cities, have left so many places even more decrepit and lacking in character and style. Minneapolis lost one of its finest buildings to this ill conceived notion. Oh that we still had the Metropolitan downtown. Instead we have blocks and blocks of poorly maintained and unsightly parking lots and building after building mostly characterized by reflective glass rather than character and style (Philip Johnson's modernist IDS center, excepted).

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zcbeatonFeb. 15, 13 2:26 AM

This article is abject madness. You're judging a country's ability to self-govern based on the state of its second-largest city? If anything, the state of Edinburgh is an argument FOR independence: because the only way to break out of this depressing economic stagnation is to equip the Scottish Parliament with the power to properly tackle it. Independence is the only way to do that.

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DufferHFeb. 15, 13 2:39 AM

Of all the arguments that could be made against self-rule for Scotland, this isn't one.

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