Great Britain: 300th Anniversary

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Now, unless I'm very much mistaken, next May is the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union (1707) which joined the nations of England and Scotland into one legal and binding union, forming that country-stealing, industrial spawning entity that we all know and love as Great Britain.

Now, all inevitable rantings about loss of Britishness blahblahblahboringcakes aside, is this an event worth marking?

We have no 'official' birth in the sense of the US declaration of Making a Poor Choice About Running Things Ourselves, or Bastille day where the french ceremoniously remember releasing all of the convincts who have since ran the country, so is the recognition of the Act of Union worth it, or shall we continue bimbling along praying for the time when we can all have a day off for St George's day?

Can anyone think of a more suitable day?
 
#2
Chalky said:
Now, unless I'm very much mistaken, next May is the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union (1707) which joined the nations of England and Scotland into one legal and binding union, forming that country-stealing, industrial spawning entity that we all know and love as Great Britain.
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Can anyone think of a more suitable day?
Splendid comradely suggestion. A capital idea. Although I couldn't help noticing the following exchange in the Scottish Parliament, on the same suggestion:

Mr. Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan) (SNP): May I advise the Minister to do what his Department does best—nothing at all? Given that the Scotland Office did not lift a finger—not even a sausage roll—to commemorate this year's 700th anniversary of the death of Scotland's greatest hero, William Wallace, would the population at large not consider it passing strange if the Department started to plan a subsidised booze up and what would obviously be a political party for a parcel of rogues in 1707? Given that half the population does not agree with it and another half does not want to pay for it, will the Minister assure us that he will do what he does best—nothing at all?

David Cairns: I thought that the hon. Gentleman was going to suggest combining the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union with the 300th anniversary of the SNP winning a by-election—[Interruption.] I am informed that it is not actually that long; it just feels like it.

If the hon. Gentleman wants to talk about the best political way of celebrating the event, which is in May 2007, it would be for the voters of Scotland to consign to the dustbin of history once and for all the narrow nationalism and separatism that would hold Scotland back, as opposed to the strength of the Union that has done Scotland tremendously well over 300 years.
One nil to the Cairns me thinks!
 
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BoomShackerLacker said:
One nil to the Cairns me thinks!
Definitely. I think I way sent a letter to my MP asking if there are any government plans.

Edited to add: did a quick search and the question has already been asked.
 
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BoomShackerLacker said:
Chalky said:
Now, unless I'm very much mistaken, next May is the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union (1707) which joined the nations of England and Scotland into one legal and binding union, forming that country-stealing, industrial spawning entity that we all know and love as Great Britain.
...

Can anyone think of a more suitable day?
Splendid comradely suggestion. A capital idea. Although I couldn't help noticing the following exchange in the Scottish Parliament, on the same suggestion:

Mr. Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan) (SNP): May I advise the Minister to do what his Department does best—nothing at all? Given that the Scotland Office did not lift a finger—not even a sausage roll—to commemorate this year's 700th anniversary of the death of Scotland's greatest hero, William Wallace, would the population at large not consider it passing strange if the Department started to plan a subsidised booze up and what would obviously be a political party for a parcel of rogues in 1707? Given that half the population does not agree with it and another half does not want to pay for it, will the Minister assure us that he will do what he does best—nothing at all?

David Cairns: I thought that the hon. Gentleman was going to suggest combining the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union with the 300th anniversary of the SNP winning a by-election—[Interruption.] I am informed that it is not actually that long; it just feels like it.

If the hon. Gentleman wants to talk about the best political way of celebrating the event, which is in May 2007, it would be for the voters of Scotland to consign to the dustbin of history once and for all the narrow nationalism and separatism that would hold Scotland back, as opposed to the strength of the Union that has done Scotland tremendously well over 300 years.
One nil to the Cairns me thinks!
I agree. The best way to mark the event would be to repeal the Scotland Act (1997) and get rid of that bunch of lunatics posing as 4th XI level politicians. Let the pigeons takeover the building - they would make less mess, less useless noise and come up with morse sense.
 

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