01 May 2007

Celebrating Great Britain

Act of Union 1707

300 years ago today, having been ratified on 16 January 1707 by the parliament in Edinburgh by 110 votes to 67, the Act of Union came into force, providing "That the Two Kingdoms of Scotland and England, shall upon the 1st May next ensuing the date hereof, and forever after, be United into One Kingdom by the Name of Great Britain."

How strange that in two days time Scotland could well take its first serious steps towards independence and the eventual balkanisation of the United Kingdom, itself a step towards our complete absorption into a federal Europe...

Now, that would be some legacy for the Scottish born and bred Tony Blair.

Walter Thomas Monnington's 'The Parliamentary Union of England and Scotland 1707'


Never Again said...

No, Blair's legacy is corrupting the heart of British government, bringing sleaze in from the sidelines. I had to turn the news off this morning when Mandelson came on claiming that Labour had been the least corrupt of all current democracies. Does that really make Bernie Eccleston, Cheriegate, Tessa Jowell, The Millenium Dome, John Prescott, the Hinduja brothers, Mittalgate, or Honours For Sale (not to mention Peter Mandelson) OK? So the list goes on... I don't know if anyone has a more uptodate or detailed one than Iain Dale's April 2006 list of almost 100 sleaze scandals. A sad day for our once great nation.

Indie Jones said...

The Independent has it right - his bloody legacy's BlaIraq.