An independent Scotland will not keep the pound. That’s despite this being the express wish of the Scottish government, which is campaigning for independence in September’s referendum. The reason is that it’s hard to see the rest of the UK agreeing to such a deal – except on terms that would affront Scotland’s amour propre.
Visiting Scotland this week to see Alex Salmond sworn in as first minister, the newspapers were full of talk about “independence lite”. The idea was that an independent Scotland would be free to choose as from a menu, selecting which issues to manage itself and which ones to pool with the rest of Britain.
from Reuters Soccer Blog:
Scotland's soccer team return to London for the first time since 1999 at the end of this month -- but they won't be playing England at Wembley.
(Photo: Pope Benedict and Prime Minister David Cameron before the pope's departure, 19 Sept 2010/ Eddie Keogh)
Following are excerpts from comments by Prime Minister David Cameron and Pope Benedictbefore the pontiff left for Rome on Sunday after four days in Scotland and England.
(Photo: Pope Benedict surrounded by bishops in Birmingham, September 19, 2010/Simon Dawson)
Pope Benedict urged the Catholic bishops of England, Wales and Scotland on Sunday to confront the assumptions of modern culture, help the poor, protect children and work together with Anglicans.
(Photo: Pope Benedict in the popemobile in Edinburgh September 16, 2010/David Moir)
Pope Benedict paraded through Edinburgh on Thursday wearing a potent symbol of Scottish nationalism -- a tartan shawl of a pattern created by an American in honor of his visit to Scotland.
(Photo: Pope Benedict in his popemobile before Mass in Glasgow, 16 Sept 2010/Nigel Roddis)
Addressing an open air Mass in Glasgow on Thursday, Pope Benedict warned against a "dictatorship of relativism" and urged Catholics to oppose attempts to "exclude religious belief from public discourse, to privatize it or even to paint it as a threat to equality and liberty." He stressed the importance of ecumenical cooperation and urged bishops, priests and young people to lead holy lives.
(Photo: Queen Elizabeth and Pope Benedict in Edinburgh, 16 Sept 2010/Dave Thompson)
Pope Benedict and Queen Elizabeth delivered short speeches in Edinburgh at the start of the pontiff's four-day visit to Britain. Here are excerpts from their comments:
(Photo: Workmen prepare altar for pope in Glasgow, September 14, 2010/David Moir)
Thousands of seats have yet to be filled for Pope Benedict's public masses in England and Scotland this week, a far cry from the warm welcome his predecessor received nearly 30 years ago.