WASHINGTON, September 18, 2014 — Voting is starting in Scotland, a part of Britain since 1707, on the referendum for Scottish independence. Late polling, if reliable, shows that British subjects in Scotland are evenly divided on the question of splitting away from the United Kingdom. Reuters reports that five surveys – from pollsters YouGov, Panelbase, Survation, Opinium and ICM – showed support for independence at 48 percent, compared with 52 percent for the union. An Ipsos MORI poll showed it even closer at 49 percent to 51 percent, while a second Survation poll, conducted by phone, showed unionists at 53 percent and separatists at 47 percent.
The major X factor in today’s results will be the undecided vote. In a nation of 5.3 million people, there are estimated to be as many as 600,000 potential voters that have not yet settled on a Yes or No vote. If a plurality of these undecideds swing in one direction or another, they will probably take the election with them.
Scotland’s citizens have heard a lot from British government officials, warning about the consequences of an independence vote. As Reuters also points out:
Facing the biggest internal threat to the United Kingdom since Ireland broke away nearly a century ago, Britain’s establishment – from Prime Minister David Cameron to corporate bigwigs and the princes of pop-culture – have united in a last-ditch effort to convince Scots that the United Kingdom is “Better Together.”
It has been noted, and Cameron concedes that such messages coming from the U.K. Prime Minister are not likely to sway many Yes votes, and in fact, have a counterproductive effect. The Queen has checked in on Scottish independence, but if anything, her sentiments will breed more resentment. Former PM Gordon Brown, himself a Scot, has been campaigning on behalf of the Labour Party, which holds upwards of 40 Scottish seats in Parliament. Brown said on Wednesday:
“Have confidence, stand up and be counted tomorrow,” Brown exclaimed, gesturing emphatically to a enthusiastic crowd of supporters of the No campaign.”Say to your friends, for reasons of solidarity, sharing, pride in Scotland, the only answer is vote ‘No’.”
And on the other side is Scottish Nationalist leader, Alex Salmond exhorting Scottish voters – “This is our opportunity of a lifetime and we must seize it with both hands,” Salmond told a meeting of supporters in Perth, eastern Scotland, just hours before polling stations open.
Edinburgh, Aberdeen and particularly Glasgow, with close to a half million voters, will likely drive whatever voting trend emerges. Meanwhile, the ‘City of London’, a world financial hub (as distinguished from London, England proper), is breathlessly awaiting Scotland’s decision and as they do, contemplating the fallout from the breaking off of part of the world’s sixth largest economy.
But others besides the British government are looking on with deep concern. The Global Ruling Elite are extremely apprehensive about what they see as possibly the next shoe to drop in a worldwide independence trend. Economist Jeff Thomas, writing in the publication International Man, notes:
Moves to break away from central governments, are “invariably a bottom-up effort — created by the people.” Efforts to create “a conglomerate state,” on the other hand, tend to be “top-down — created by the political class,” he said, adding that while in the past that was often done through warfare, today, it often happens via treaties. “Political leaders invariably have an insatiable appetite for gobbling up as much real estate as possible. Understandably, they’re meeting with resistance, as it’s usually the areas that are the net-contributors to the larger economy that seek independence, whilst the areas that are the net-recipients wish to take the conglomerate approach (and to continue to eat their neighbor’s lunch).”
While globalists strive to engineer and expand regional superstates, the prospect of secession and a renewed spirit of individual state sovereignty is highly problematic in their view. There are a host of other regions in Europe and elsewhere in which there is a notable clamor for secession. Wales, Northern Ireland and Cornwall are other parts of the U.K. in which a similar breakaway are under consideration, but other possible hot spots include the Flanders regions of Belgium, and the Vojvodina and Sandzak provinces of Serbia.
In Spain, in addition to the longstanding conflict with the Basque region, Catalonia, Aragon, Galicia, Asturias and Canary Islands are fighting for independent states as well. Even the Brittany and Savoy regions of France are positioning themselves for independence and separate autonomy from France. In Italy, Venice and Sardinia are eyeing a separation, and here on our continent, the long standing push from Quebec to part ways with Canada proceeds apace.
Independence movements could spread like “wildfire” across Europe should Scotland vote in favor of a U.K. exit, according to Andreas Utermann, global chief investment officer at Allianz Global Investors.
Internationalists such as former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski have recently lamented these trends. Brzezinski told a Polish audience in one of his transnational policy speeches that this “rise in worldwide populist activism is proving inimical to external domination of the kind that prevailed in the age of colonialism and imperialism.” Brzezinski concluded that “persistent and highly motivated populist resistance of politically awakened and historically resentful peoples to external control has proven to be increasingly difficult to suppress.”
The Global elite fear a domino effect originating in Scotland, if the voices we’re hearing in opposition to Scottish independence are any indication. George Soros, for example, sums up the globalist viewpoint:
The EU is an unfinished project of European states that have sacrificed part of their sovereignty to form an ever-closer union based on shared values and ideals. Those shared values are under attack on multiple fronts. Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine is perhaps the most immediate example but it is by no means the only one. Resurgent nationalism and illiberal democracy are on the rise within Europe, at its borders and around the globe.
No matter the outcome of Thursday’s vote, the worldwide trend away from European Union type consolidation and centralized control will gain momentum. People like government that is more local, more accountable and more sensitive to their interests.
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