Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Scotland to lose weather?

Why should other nations free-ride on the work of British boffins? That at least is the reasoning behind the latest ratchet in the war of words against Scottish independence, with a reminder that after independence Scotland would either need to start it's own Met Office or go without weather. BBC viewers will have been familiar with the way in which Ireland has lived without having any weather for many years;

And not only weather. Passports, driving licenses, financial regulation and customs and border control. New stamps with thistles and a new Scots poond at parity with the Euro will be needed. With a way to go until the poll, expect much more of the same.

12 comments:

G. Tingey said...

Unless Camoron fucks up big-time (Which, unfortunately, he is perfectly capable of doing) the Scots' referendum Q is already answered - We'll keep devolution, please!

Lots of shouting in the meantime ....

Barnacle Bill said...

I wonder where the Scots will site the headquarters of all the new institions they will have to establish?

Kirkcaldy for the new Scottish FSA? Both financial and food standards!

As for Cast Iron, he's already managed to feck up his party, so the break-up of his country shouldn't be too difficult for him.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Actually if you listen to Barroso et al, an "independent" Scotland will be using the Euro and will be part of the Schengen area.

Those are non-negotiable conditions for any accession state, according to those who ought to know.

Of course, if Salmond were actually planning independence this wouldn't matter - but he's not.

Anonymous said...

I just cannot see this happening, unfortunately. Shame because England could have kicked out 37 Labour seats and, at the same time, stopped the Scots flying down to Westminster to vote on things that are favourable to them. You couldn't make it up.

Coney Island

William Gruff said...

Scotch independence is a definite 'no-no' until we have an English Parliament to represent our interests (when of course we can kick them out of the 'union' whether they will or not) for we cannot trust the 'United' Kingdom parliament to do so, home as it is to Scotch, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs representing constituencies in their homelands and in ours. My 'English' MP is Scotch, as I think are one hundred or so others, and to date the only substantial question he has asked in the house, since his election in 2010, concerned a matter relating solely to Scotland that is devolved to the Scotch 'pairlyment'. He is not going to put England's interests before those of his homeland and I would not trust him to negotiate on my behalf in any dissolution talks.

We'll have an English Parliament first and then we'll discuss dissolution of the disgracefully lop-sided 'union'.

Demetrius said...

The Scots might well want to lose the BBC weather forecasts. All too often it is about rain or snow.

Nick Drew said...

looks like Wales had lost their weather already !

Anonymous said...

I am English and proud of the fact, I can trace my family lineage way back.
I love Scotland too, get on great with lowland and highland Scots. Have friends in Wales and Ireland both sides of the border and together we are stronger. Think of it in Rugby terms, kick hell out of each other and then join and laugh over a pint or two.

And go to war together as comrades and as brothers in arms - like we did afore.

Anonymous said...

This could be regarded as a precursor to the Great Referendum. Unless Cameron actively blocks it, (and why on earth should he?), the EU will be actively partcipating long before any other interest. With unlimited, European taxpayer's money, it will be worth their practically emptying the EU's coffers to keep the EU intact. How can such propaganda be combatted?
That is the question Scotland has to ponder now, and what britain, or what's left of Britain, must ponder in times to come.
Steamboat Pete.

yahoo.com said...

What an excellent scheme, lots of duplication of effort, office space and jobs for the boys paid out of the public purse. In the coming world of only jobs-for-the-privileged devolution is an excellent idea. Just remember Scottish financiers were always reckoned a tad smarter than the boys in braces - they can and do plan ahead.

O gimme a gnome where .... said...

On the plus side, we'll be able to ban bagpipes....

Anonymous said...

On second thoughts, maybe the haggis merchants should be compelled to take the existing Met Office with them. Then we can start another one that doesn't have the Warble Gloming political correctness all through its parody of a forecast!