“ This is a once-and-for-all decision.”
If Scotland votes yes, the UK will split, and we will go our separate ways forever.
When people vote on Thursday they are not just voting for themselves, but for their children and grandchildren and the generations beyond.
So I want to speak directly to the people of this country today about what is at stake.
I speak for millions of people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland – and many in Scotland, too who would be utterly heart-broken by the break-up of the United Kingdom.
Utterly heart-broken to wake up on Friday morning to the end of the country we love to know that Scots would no longer join with the English, Welsh and Northern Irish in our Army, Navy and Air Force.. in our UK-wide celebrations and commemorations, in UK sporting teams from the Olympics to the British Lions (…).
It’s only become Great Britain because of the greatness of Scotland. Because of the thinkers, writers, artists, leaders, soldiers, inventors who have made this country what it is.
It’s Alexander Fleming and David Hume; J.K. Rowling and Andy Murray and all the millions of people who have played their part in this extraordinary success story…
(…) We are a family. The United Kingdom is not one nation.
We are four nations in a single country.
That can be difficult but it is wonderful.
Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, different nations, with individual identities competing with each other even at times enraging each other, while still being so much stronger together.
“ Nella scuola ci sono 149 mila persone che hanno l’obbligo di essere assunte.”
“ Che paradosso: l’origine di “Better Together” è proprio questa, il destino comune, insieme siamo più forti, siamo quello “splendid mess of a union”, il casino splendido dell’unione, che ha magistralmente tratteggiato lo storico Simon Schama in un articolo sul Financial Times. Eppure, al posto di valorizzare i benefici dell’unione, ricordando tutto quel che è stato fatto insieme, gli Adam Smith e i David Hume che andavano al Select Club di Edimburgo e rivoluzionarono l’economia e la filosofia scendendo a sud, il fronte del “no” ha scelto di buttarsi esclusivamente sui calcoli (…).”
Ci stanno pensando adesso, gli unionisti, al cuore. Lo Spectator, magazine conservatore che sostiene che la vittoria del “sì” sia la fine della carriera politica di Cameron, è in edicola con una copertina blu e la preghiere: “Scotland, please stay” e raccoglie i contributi dei lettori che spiegano perché l’unione non si deve spezzare. Lo Statesman, magazine di sinistra, pubblica un lungo articolo di Tom Holland che spiega, dalla Magna Charta in poi, come inglesi e scozzesi si siano spesso specchiati gli uni negli altri, con rabbia, ma anche trovando ispirazioni.
September 13th 1814: Defense of Fort McHenry
On this day in 1814, the United States army forces at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland successfully defended the city from the British during the War of 1812. British warships bombarded the fort for over 24 hours, but the American defense held fast and by the morning of September 14th the British were forced to retreat due to lack of ammunition. The event, particularly the sight of an American flag being raised over the fort at dawn in celebration of victory, inspired Francis Scott Key to write a poem called ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’. Key was a witness to the battle because he was aboard a British ship having been trying to negotiate the release of an American prisoner. The poem was eventually set to the tune of a well-known 18th century British song and the anthem soon became a popular patriotic American song, and was commonly used by the armed forces. On March 3rd 1931, at the urging of many patriotic organisations, a congressional resolution was signed by President Hoover which affirmed 'The Star-Spangled Banner' as America’s official national anthem.
200 years ago today