You have no doubt heard about the upcoming referendum, which is certainly shaking up the financial markets. The post I am reblogging now seems awfully prescient on my part, not a characteristic I feel comfortable bragging about. But here goes….

Down Under

If you have even a passing interest in Scotland, you’ll be interested to learn that their recent elections have changed the political landscape of the United Kingdom. On Friday last, Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party, basked in the glory of a stunning electoral victory.

His party won 69 of the 129 seats in the Scottish Parliament. Based on the SNP’s lead over Labour, Salmond should be able to push through a program of policy and public service reforms for Scotland. But will he be able to persuade his people, who currently disapprove of leaving the UK by more than two to one, that they should  strut down the path of independence? That dream is heady stuff.


Last week, we had a window between the end of the teaching term and the beginning of exam marking. It seemed as good a time as any to make a…

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