Comments on: As chances of UK split grow, costs to the world become clearer http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/09/04/as-chances-of-uk-split-grow-costs-to-the-world-become-clearer/ Sat, 03 Jan 2015 16:42:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: RoderickB http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/09/04/as-chances-of-uk-split-grow-costs-to-the-world-become-clearer/#comment-2025 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:55:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1372#comment-2025 Anatole Kaletsky is a remarkably bad thinker. His call on Scotland was way off.

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By: writeangle http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/09/04/as-chances-of-uk-split-grow-costs-to-the-world-become-clearer/#comment-1952 Sun, 07 Sep 2014 17:34:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1372#comment-1952 If there is a yes vote than Scottish MPs would retain the right to vote in a Parliament that their public does not believe in until Scottish independence. Meanwhile they will be colouring the overall vote no doubt to favour Scottish interests against the rUK’s

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By: JohnnyJames14 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/09/04/as-chances-of-uk-split-grow-costs-to-the-world-become-clearer/#comment-1944 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:58:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1372#comment-1944 For goodness’ sake. When a journalist can’t even be bothered to get his facts straight you can safely ignore any supposed insights he might be trying to offer on the subject in hand.

For example “The fact that Scotland did not elect a single Conservative Member of Parliament in the last UK election provides clear evidence of this ideological divergence.”

Plain wrong. David Mundell, the Tory MP for Dumfries-shire, would be very surprised to hear that he doesn’t exist.

Similarly, “a British electorate without pro-European Scottish voters would almost certainly endorse this decision in a referendum”.

That too just ignorantly recycles a common myth among people who know nothing about Scotland. In fact, serious polling on this very question has repeatedly shown that Scottish attitudes towards the EU are very similar to those in England: the difference on issues like the Euro and further European integration are only of the order of about one more Europhile voter in 20. That isn’t nearly enough, given that we’re talking about less than one person in 20 in a population that itself comprises less than 10% of the UK total, so a small fraction of 1 per cent overall, to make a serious impact on any UK-wide referendum on the EU.

If Kaletsky can’t even get the basic right then why does he expect people to tsake his analysis seriously?

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By: AlexDunners http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/09/04/as-chances-of-uk-split-grow-costs-to-the-world-become-clearer/#comment-1943 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:06:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1372#comment-1943 “The fact that Scotland did not elect a single Conservative Member of Parliament in the last UK election provides clear evidence of this ideological divergence”.

David Mundell is the MP for Dumfries.

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By: Burnham http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/09/04/as-chances-of-uk-split-grow-costs-to-the-world-become-clearer/#comment-1940 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 19:59:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1372#comment-1940 Oh, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has only existed since 1922. The immediate predecessor country had only existed since 1801.

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By: Burnham http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/09/04/as-chances-of-uk-split-grow-costs-to-the-world-become-clearer/#comment-1939 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 19:57:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1372#comment-1939 No invasion, revolution, etc. Really? How about the 1715 and 1745 rebellions? The revolution in Ireland? French troops being landed at Fishguard in 1797? If you can’t even get basic facts right, why should anyone take the rest of this polemic seriously?

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By: expat75 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/09/04/as-chances-of-uk-split-grow-costs-to-the-world-become-clearer/#comment-1938 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 19:46:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1372#comment-1938 Historically, when the time gets nearer the poll, the voter tends to shed emotion and places the ‘X’ over a more conservative opinion. I do NOT think that Scotland will vote for independence; the uncertainties weighing over their citizens’ livelihood are too serious to take such a blind step.

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By: TheTruth01 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/09/04/as-chances-of-uk-split-grow-costs-to-the-world-become-clearer/#comment-1935 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:13:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1372#comment-1935 Great imagery of Scotland Anatole.

A bloke wearing a jumper and kilt fishing a few 20s (of currency that doesn’t belong to Scotland apparently) out of his sporran.

On his way to work in an office of course.

Is this really how the US view Scotland? considering I was asked if I live in castle on my last visit to Baltimore then I guess so.

Scotland is more than just somewhere for the USA to park some very expensive WMD’s.

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By: MonitorLizard http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/09/04/as-chances-of-uk-split-grow-costs-to-the-world-become-clearer/#comment-1930 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:58:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1372#comment-1930 Isn’t this supposed to be about the Scots? The heck with the rest!

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