Prettybird Surely you understand the temptation faced in 1588 by DH's Great Granny (too late for me to work out just how Great!) when she chanced upon a bonny, if slightly waterlogged, Spanish seaman on the beach? Sounds like you're reaping the benefits today so can overlook the slightly less than 100%
Head says: tackling the difficulties regarding poverty, social iniquity, urban vs rural issues, and other problems that I feel are particularly Scottish (Rangers/Celtic sectarianism) would be (hopefully) less challenging when dealing with a population of @5 million as opposed to a population of @60 million, when there are historical, logistical, societal, and political ideology differences between them.
Heart says: I hope, I wish, that Scotland could fulfill the potential of its people and again demonstrate that they are still great inventors, artists, writers, pioneers, explorers, and thinkers.
(and the idea that David Cameron is keeching his pants at the thought of going down in History as the man who failed to prevent the break-up of the U.K fills me with delight )
prettybirdWhen the Scots vote for Independence, and if they choose to retain the Monarchy it will be Liz the 1st, then Chuck the 3rd, and then King William (which will really cheer up The Rangers and make all their current woes seem insignificant)
Rugby here too...no time for that Blue/Green embarrassment.
I've just seen an article that was in the Telegraph last month saying that if Scotland achieved independence and decided it didn't want to enter into an agreement with England to continue to host Trident, there was nowhere suitable in England because "Devonport in Plymouth has too large a population in the surrounding area to safely store nuclear warheads"
Population of Plymouth 260,000 Population of Glasgow and environs 1.2 million
prettybird Just you and I left to thrash it out on this Thread I think! Can the last Tory left in Scotland please turn the lights off on their way out
Re: above comment - here, have my 'ed face....though why I should be shocked at anything the Tories do to Scotland I don't know (Poll Tax introduced here one year before England, Wales, and N.I. Was only south of the border 'Poll Tax' riots that got any attention 12 months later) I have driven through Glen Douglas a lot of times, and have always found it creepy - would give my eye teeth to have a look at the underground network that is below the seemingly innocuous above the few ground roads and bunkers.
Never mind the oft fabled 'North Sea oil revenues', rental charges for storing nuclear warheads (post-Independence) should see us right for a few years.
Almost Nukes are stored at Coulport, about 25miles from Glasgow. I think that is close enough to be slightly concerned, and then of course there are the nuclear warhead equipped subs which potter up and down the Clyde...
ALMOSTMRSG How do you know that? I think that the whole of Glen Douglas will open up like a scene from Thunderbirds should the big red button get pressed
Storage is theoretically all well and good, but however unlikely the possibility of an all out thermonuclear war is...would the other side be kind enough to wait until we pop down to Coulport, dust down a few warheads, then wonder where they could launch them from, have a AIBU MN discussion on the matter, before realising there's only the lucky few humans left alive in the Glen Douglas and London bunkers?
As ItsAllGoingToBeFine indicated, the whole area is Nuke Central. Whether subs, underground command centres, or weapon storage, it would certainly be a priority target.
Nuclear strike capacity is just willy-waving of the highest order...