Robert the Bruce: Lands, titles, men, power, nothing.
Bruce the Elder: Nothing?
Robert the Bruce: I have nothing. Men fight for me because if they do not, I throw them off my land and I starve their wives and their children. Those men who bled the ground red at Falkirk, they fought for William Wallace, and he fights for something that I never had. And I took it from him, when I betrayed him. I saw it in his face on the battlefield and it’s tearing me apart.
Bruce the Elder: All men betray. All lose heart.
Robert the Bruce: I don’t want to lose heart. I want to believe as he does.
Mel Gibsons Bravehart
Ifølge et nyhedstelegram fra Ritzau, så giver en meningsmåling her fjorten før Skotlands folkeafstemning om selvstændighed, for første gang ja-siden flertal:
Knap to uger før en skotsk folkeafstemning om uafhængighed fra Storbritannien har den skotske løsrivelsesbevægelse for første gang taget føringen i en meningsmåling, der kan sende chokbølger gennem det i forvejen nervøse politiske establishment i London.
I YouGov-rundspørgen i Sunday Times bakker 51 procent af de adspurgte op om skotsk løsrivelse, mens 49 procent vil forblive britiske borgere i Det Forenede Kongerige.
NATO’s tidligere generalsekretær, lord George Robertson, rasede her tidligere på året mod den skotske frihedstrang. I en tale til en amerikansk tænketank sagde han bl.a.:
The loudest cheers for the breakup of Britain would be from our adversaries and from our enemies. For the second military power in the West to shatter this year would be cataclysmic in geopolitical terms.
If the United Kingdom was to face a split at this of all times and find itself embroiled for several years in a torrid, complex, difficult and debilitating divorce, it would rob the West of a serious partner just when solidity and cool nerves are going to be vital.
Nobody should underestimate the effect all of that would have on existing global balances and the forces of darkness would simply love it.
The geostrategic consequences don’t stop with what happens in the United Kingdom on the 19th of September. The ripple effects will go much wider than our own shores. The United Kingdom is not alone in having separatist movements.
In Spain, both Catalonia and the Basque country have declared that they want independence. Catalonia where million and a half people marched in the streets demanding independence –and remember that the SNP have never had more than 10,000 people in any demonstration—Catalonia says that it will have its referendum from Spain even if it’s in breach of the constitution of its country.
The Basque extremist have only in the recent past have backed away from terrorism, but they are watching Catalonia and Scotland with quote undisguised interest.
Then there’s Belgium, a country which is held together by a thread. The Flemish nationalists see Scotland as breaking the mold. We’re next if Scotland breaks free and becomes a member of the European Union, they quite openly say.
Lad os derfor bede til, at Skotland løsriver sig fra Storbritannien og at lord Robertsons profetier går i opfyldelse. Skal Europa bestå, må EU forgå.