‘Do you think Scotland should be an independent country?'
“Those who learn the lessons of history haphazardly will repeat its mistakes meticulously”
…attributing this to Blaise Pascal, the 17th century Renaissance man.The Geordie manager of the hostel meanwhile, having lived in Scotland since the early 1970s, tended to believe that Scots would vote ‘No’, but said the biggest threat came from the government’s plans to levy a so-called Bedroom Tax, since this raised the spectre of the Poll Tax, which is even more toxic in Scotland than elsewhere in Britain. Firstly, this is because Margaret Thatcher’s government effectively used Scots as guinea pigs, imposing it on them from 1989, a year before the rest of the UK. No less wrath-generating however, was the fact that when English and Welsh Poll Tax-payers turned out in their hundreds of thousands to demonstrate their opposition, the iniquitous exaction was scrapped – yet Scottish protests had fallen on deaf ears! Before turning in, our attentions were also turned to various high-profile Westminster politicians, and to the close proximity to each other of Leeds, Bradford and the other municipalities of the so-called West Yorkshire Conurbation. In the course of these
 Actually it is ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’