Eirikur Eiriksson (9/19/2014)
I was feeling too depressed by my nation's decision to stay under England's domination :crying:
Breaks my heart seeing such an opportunity waisted!
As much as I respect Scotland's right to be an independent nation I don't actually think this was the right opportunity. I think there were too many holes in Mr Salmond's arguments. Of course, I'm looking at it in a coldly economic light from the North of England but from what I gathered, the case for the Union was just too strong. I fully realise that's not necessarily about just that but this time around I wasn't convinced. There seemed to be an awful lot of 'it just will' in the Yes campaign's rhetoric. I have to say though, that given a different argument I could certainly be swayed otherwise. That's partly because of one point I certainly don't fully agree on with you Tom. It's not entirely England's domination. The London-centric governance of the nations constantly grates on me. Given the choice of investment in London or investment in the North, there will always only be one winner. I imagine that if independence had been the outcome, we in the North would have been begging to join you before long.
On two occasions I have been asked, "Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?" ... I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
—Charles Babbage, Passages from the Life of a Philosopher
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