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Broon's worried about his job prospects...

Not that he put it like that. Rather he's playing up the interconnectivity of the Caledonians and we English types, noting "Almost one in six Scots make their home south of the Border". Including Brown, Blair, Reid, Darling, Browne, Alexander and Falconer - or little shy of one third of the cabinet. And adds "And 400,000 people who live in Scotland are English-born. These are signs of countries moving closer together, not further apart." And doubtless similar things might have been said of two counties which no longer exist - Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.

I might add that it is vaguely sinister that he has the figures as to country of birth and country of residence to hand. And I wonder why he hasn't considered Scots in Wales and Ulster, this supposedly being a United Kingdom, or in Scots, a Unitit Kinrick.
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Anonymous Anonymous said... 12:13 pm

Of course none of those Scots living in England Wales and so on got a vote on devoltution and if they had voted it would probably not have happened.

How I love to see him squirm  

Blogger Stan Bull said... 1:02 pm

The number of Scots-born makes up less than 2% of the overall population in Wales.Outside Scotland more than 4% of the population are Scots-born only in Carlisle, Blackpool, Alnwick, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Richmondshire and Corby.The former steel town in Northamptonshire had the highest Scots-born population in England at 18.9%.

The numbers of Scots living in Wales and England probably wouldn't have impacted on the Scottish Devolution result. The "Yes" vote for a Scottish Parliament stood at 74.3% and the number who supported a Scottish Parliament with tax-varying powers was at 63.5%.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:19 pm

Interesting stuff. Given that the major employers in Northampton are Barclaycard, Avon and the shoe business, what are all those Caledonians doing there I wonder?  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:40 pm

I hope and pray the chalice of the premiership is knocked from Broon's grasping fingers at the eleventh hour. Just when he begins to breathe a sigh of relief ... Ha ha ha ha ha! I hate that man. (Not as much as I hate Tony Blair, though. Probably more on the depleted uranium level of my hatred for David Cameron.)  

Blogger dearieme said... 4:47 pm

My mother tongue is English so I should prefer "of the Caledonians and us English types". I realise that you may order these matters differently in Croydon.  

Blogger Stan Bull said... 7:06 pm

Croydon- they do things differently there.  

Blogger Yak40 said... 1:29 am

Now the English are stirring too !  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 1:48 am

There's nowhere else to post it, Croydonian, so I am going to trespass here, just for a second, and with apologies. Does anyone else find the constant picturing of the Russian Alexander Litvinenko on his deathbed absolutely appalling?  

Blogger Stan Bull said... 10:48 am

Yes, Verity. I have to agree with you on that point. It's getting grotesque.

Interesting that the true legacy of Bliar/Broon might be the dismemberment of the UK and Iraq. I suspect they will be remembered for little else.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:51 am

Agreed, the pics are all rather unnecessary.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:54 pm

Stamboul Tory - But the UK never asked to be dismembered. Blair is a deeply evil spirit. I've always felt that. Brown has his own problems, but there's something about Blair that is very unsettling.

All the denizens of "new" Labour - old communism - are dross. There is not a scintilla of talent or honour among them. Chief of a local council is where Gordon Brown's abilities should have taken him. Having an assigned parking space next to the door and a private office. End of story.

Jack Straw and all the other indistinguishable dross in the cabinet are also local council employees to a man.  

Blogger dearieme said... 3:53 pm

V, old fruit, you are being rather undiscriminating. Brown may well have half-a-hundred character flaws, but I knew him when we were younger - he is an able chap. In a cabinet of intellectual dross like Blair, Straw and so on, he is probably much the cleverest. That means, of course, that we must presume that he intended the consequences of such decisions as his raid on our pension funds.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 4:03 pm

Dearieme, Old vegetable, I am not being "rather undiscriminating". Brown is cleverer than the rest of them. That is obvious. (And yes, of course, the raid on the pension funds was deliberate. He's a communist.) But being more intelligent than Anthony Blair, Jack Straw, Patricia Hewitt, Margaret Hodge, Tessa Jowell, John Prescott, Heather Blears and all the rest of them is small cause for celebration. He's a 10th rater on a team of 15th raters. He's still 10th rater.

Had he not got in on this slippery government, he would be heading up a county council somewhere with an assigned parking place, a private office and his name on the door. (And saying, "I'm going out for a meeting, Mrs. Moore. I'll be back around three) as he snuck out to get his teeth bleached.

If he'd stuck to his level of competence, he need never have got married.  

Blogger dearieme said... 7:14 pm

OOOOH, now that's quite a closing remark, V. When I knew him, he seemed to be heterosexual.  

Blogger Praguetory said... 4:45 pm

400,000 English in Scotland. I'm thinking of doing a piece on under-represented minorities. Could I be right to say that no Englishmen represent Scottish seats at Westminster?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 4:50 pm

PT - Interesting point. I was hoping the hateful Eric Joyce was English, but he is not.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 4:52 pm

A spot of well managed proportional representation in Scotland and they could be stuck with some Brits in their stupid parliament, now that would be funny  

Blogger Praguetory said... 6:13 pm

The joke's on us at the moment.  

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