This England (Shakespeare) 1603
“This royal throne of kings, this scept’red isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in a silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands ‘
The Man Who Shaped England’s View Of The World and The Englishman’s Place in It
It was 1603 and King James of Scotland had recently been crowned Monarch of England and Scotland. Shakespeare suitably inspired by events wrote his eulogy to his beloved isle which was and still is the atypical Englishman’s interpretation of the United Kingdom. The poem refers to the United Kingdom as: “This precious stone set in a silver sea”
It was this entity, this “United Kingdom”, resulting from the death of the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth (who had the rightful heir to the throne of England, her cousin Mary executed) that led to the betrayal of Scotland (104 years later) by a privileged elite. The political accommodation called Great Britain.
Time passes. And 310 years later many hundreds of new nations and trading blocs have been formed, some from political expediency, but the vast bulk through the will of their people.
The people of Scotland are legally sovereign and they have, (for the last 50 years) expressed the view (through ballot box, at each General Election) that they no longer wish to have their future negotiated by English Tory politicians. But change has been denied Scotland due to a corrupt political set-up, put in place by the much maligned 1707 Treaty of Union. But Scot’s now wish “to be a nation again” and this should not be denied them.
All Scottish based political parties (perhaps with the exception of the Tories) should support the independence referendum motion presently being debated in Holyrood