In an effort to restore dignity and credibility to the politics forum, how about a political issue?
A referendum on the separation of England and Scotland will take place in the not-too-distant future. It's a situation that is full of political and social ramifications that will affect most contributors to this forum. It looks like the majority of those who will be affected (ie the English) will not have any formal means of expressing an opinion. In Scotland, it seems enfranchisement -- for the referendum, at least -- will be extended to young teenagers. There are currently shared responsibilities, services, resources, relationships and debts which would have to be apportioned, or which would change, in the event of a split. For many whose thinking is determined by their emotions (especially their negative emotions) this is an easy equation. There are many Scots -- and many English -- who would be delighted to bid farewell to their counterparts, believing them to be an irritating burden, an enemy, or possibly both. But what does it all mean in reality? What are the relative benefits of either path, to both nations? Will the relationship between the two countries improve or deteriorate? Does the process predict changes for future democracy? More referendums for other issues? A lower voting age? Fewer Scottish MPs in Westminster? The rebuilding of Hadrian's Wall?...
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