Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Visit Scotland, Visit Berwick-upon-Tweed

There's been some ballyhoo up here about a couple of opinion polls in which the denizens of Berwick-upon-Tweed expressed their desire to leave England and become part of Scotland.

One survey for ITV1's Tonight programme saw resident's vote by 1182 to 775 in favour of becoming part of Scotland. nother poll in the Berwick Advertiser saw 78% vote to leave England.
The town has a population of 11 600 and is part of Lib Dem MP Alan Beith's constituency and has 13 Lib Dem Councillors to 10 tories and 6 Independents.

It has been suggested that the pro-Scotland sentiment is due to a feeling of being on the periphery of England and of isolation from London. Cynics would suggest that it is more likely to be the realisation that the average Scot has £1500 more spent per annum on them from the public purse than the average resident of England.

I'm sure Mike Moore who is Lib Dem MP for the neighbouring Scottish Constituency of Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk would welcome all those extra Lib Dem voters with delight.

Of course Gnat heid honcho Eck salmond has weighed in with a threat to start legal moves to bring Berwick back into Scottish control, according to the Scotsman newspaper. You would think that he had more to do with his time, such as runnning his Gnat Scottish "Government".

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