October 15th, 2012
01:08 PM ET

Scotland's choice: Should they stay or should they go?

Might the UK soon be a little less United?

A new agreement will pave the way for Scotland to vote (but likely not until 2014) on its independence and whether to break away from London control.

It may be a bit early to say whether the referendum will be passed, but we do know how some Scots  feel about the issue.

Sean Connery's vote would be yes. He may portrayed one of the British government's most faithful servants as 007, but the actor has long been an ardent nationalist. He's one of  the Scots that's helped launched the campaign "Yes Scotland" to "build a groundswell of support for an independent Scotland."

But has it worked so far? Not exactly. A survey released last week by TNS-BMRB showed that only 28% of Scots favor leaving the United Kingdom.

While it may be early to gauge the pulse of Scotland on a vote for independence, we definitely know how Prime Minister David Cameron feels about the issue. He tweeted this earlier Monday:

[tweet https://twitter.com/David_Cameron/status/257832508496957441%5D

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Sinfully Yours

    Darling you gotta let me know
    Should I stay or should I go?
    If you say that you are mine
    I'll be here til the end of time
    So you got to let know
    Should I stay or should I go?

    Always tease tease tease
    You're happy when I'm on my knees
    One day is fine, next is black
    So if you want me off your back
    Well come on and let me know
    Should I stay or should I go?

    October 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ben

    I think they should stay as part of the UK. A lot of smaller countries are having severe financial troubles right now. Greece, Spain, etc. Great Britian seems to be doing ok.

    October 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • RolftheGanger

      t"the UK seems to be doing okay" is not the right perception. One of the most indebted countries in the world.

      In contrast. it is the Scandinavian neighbors of Scotland that are thriving and topping the world indices on human wellbeing.

      October 16, 2012 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Longshanks

    Nine of ten Scots receive some form of government assistance. There's not enough oil in the north sea to cover the costs of the freeloaders on the dole with jobseeker's aid until they transition to pensions. This emotional bluster of nationalism is all hollow cheap talk until they turn from socialism. Once they were an industrial and intellectual powerhouse. The curse of leftist politics and the dependency and sloth that inevitably follow must be changed. Until then, Sean Connery is the only Scot paying taxes, and he endeavors to evade those.

    October 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • RolftheGanger

      Back in reality – the Scots as 8.3% of the UK population contributed 9.6% of the total UK revenues.

      October 16, 2012 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • david

      Good grief, Longshanks has swallowed the Unionist lie and spouts it out over web pages . Abla Gu Brath

      October 21, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. WhatsaUK?- a PASTRYof defeats

    And Nevada may be the state of the quickie wedding, but when it comes to lasting marriages, couples don't fare so well. Nevada had the highest percentage of divorce, at 14.7. Wyoming, Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee were all over 13.5 percent.

    October 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO © proud Scottish Canadian

    Just don't do it Scotland. You can be Scottish AND British.

    And what does Sean Connery know. I hate to say this about a distant cousin (his mother's side) but he's out of touch. He lives in Spain most of the year.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rascal Rabble

    lol...uk, losing thee ole grip...coffers are dried and spikeD spirits pervade the tea???

    October 16, 2012 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Why shouldn't we support Sean connery and his efforts to launch a popular movement for " Yes Scotland" make him a real hero ?
    Once the ground swell builds we could supply arms to the 'rebels' and get them the freedom they deserve. lol

    October 16, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Macmac

    Just ask Unionists "why should Scotland stay in the Union" and they can't come up with any credible substance...... however, there are plenty reasons why Scotland should be an Independent Nation again. The Scottish people should be deciding on their futures not a Westminster parliament lining their own pockets. Oh and take note how the MSM in UK now totally vilifying the Scottish Government at every single turn !!! and I believe it will get worse from that corner as the time draws nearer to the Referendum. They won't let Scotland go easily !!!

    October 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Peter S.

    When Alaska achieved statehood in 1959 and escaped (some of) the depredations that Outside corporations had been committing in the territory, many argued that there would not be enough revenue to run the state. (There had been no oil discovered at that point.) However, over the next thirty years, Alaskans paid more money into federal coffers than they received from it, and today Alaska has the richest state government in the United States, with savings ten times greater per capita than the next highest.

    What I mean to say is, the naysayers are always wrong. If the right resource management and savings strategies are employed, any place as well-endowed as Scotland can be successful. Scotland would be perfectly capable of doing well as an independent country, financially and otherwise. The question remains, however, whether Scots will vote for independence anyway.

    November 1, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |