Should Scotland stay in UK like David Bowie says? Do you care either way?

Model Kate Moss delivered David Bowie's message about Scottish independence during the Brit Awards

Model Kate Moss delivered David Bowie's message about Scottish independence during the Brit Awards

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , web manager

BECKENHAM’S David Bowie has pleaded with Scotland to stay in the UK, prompting singer Billy Bragg to urge more people south of the border to enter the debate.

So let’s obey and give it a try. Where do you stand on the subject of Scottish independence? Are you bothered about whether there is a yes or no vote in September’s referendum?

Do you think it will make any difference at all to your life and the lives of other people around Britain if Scotland decides to go it alone?

During Wednesday’s Brit Awards at The O2 in Greenwich, Bowie made a surprising intervention in the debate when he sent a message pleading: "Scotland, stay with us.''

Musician and activist Bragg said he hoped this would encourage English people to engage with the issues.

He said: "Obviously we don't have a vote but we can have an opinion.

“We should have a better debate about what independence means and its pros and cons.”

The singer reiterated his belief that Scottish independence could revitalise democracy south of the border.

He said: "Personally I think Scottish independence could be a catalyst for more devolution for England, which I think it really needs to begin to curb the power of the city of London.

"I live in the South of England and if we could have a regional assembly with the same powers as Holyrood I think that would really help our region and other regions to rebalance the country with London, which seems to be sucking all the power."

Bragg is among several high-profile musicians - including The Proclaimers and Annie Lennox - who have voiced their support for a Yes vote in September's referendum.

Following Bowie’s comment at the Brits, a spokesman for pro-union campaign Better Together said: "David Bowie has spoken for the millions of people across Britain who don't want Scotland to leave.

"This week has been more about the pound than pop, but it's great to have the support of this British legend."

A spokesman for the pro-independence campaign Yes Scotland said: "On September 18th 'we can be heroes, just for one day' - by voting Yes to independence."

News Shopper: Which way will Scotland vote?

Marginally beneath Bowie and Bragg on the cultural scale, News Shopper’s editor Andrew Parkes gave his opinion on Scottish independence back in September.

He wrote: “With all the benefits the Scots have had in recent years, I can’t believe any of them would seriously think they’d be better off without us.”

And he concluded by saying: “As someone who travels to Glasgow and Edinburgh on a regular basis I’m well aware of the “subtle” differences between our two nations, but these should be celebrated, rather than being seen as a reason to separate.

“But, if by some miracle those voting ‘yes’ do win, then it’s important that the border stays well and truly closed. There must be no halfway house with this one, if they choose to go the divorce must be absolute and all links severed.”

Tell us in the comments box below which way you think the Scottish referendum should go, if you care about it enough to have an opinion.

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6:51am Fri 21 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Couldn't care less really, but as said above, if Scotland do decide to go it alone, then dont expect the rest of the u.k. to bail them out, or pick and choose the best of our subsidies to take with them. They have to learn that with independence comes severed benefits, its only fair. The only thing they should be allowed to take is all of their self serving scottish decended mps from our parliament snd start handing the reins back to the UK mps
Couldn't care less really, but as said above, if Scotland do decide to go it alone, then dont expect the rest of the u.k. to bail them out, or pick and choose the best of our subsidies to take with them. They have to learn that with independence comes severed benefits, its only fair. The only thing they should be allowed to take is all of their self serving scottish decended mps from our parliament snd start handing the reins back to the UK mps sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 17

8:46am Fri 21 Feb 14

DollyG says...

I've heard no sustainable arguments that either Scotland or England would be better off with so called "independence" for Scotland. King James must be turning in his grave at the very thought!
I've heard no sustainable arguments that either Scotland or England would be better off with so called "independence" for Scotland. King James must be turning in his grave at the very thought! DollyG
  • Score: 10

9:07am Fri 21 Feb 14

Frank Brock says...

If we are currently a Union then surely the whole Union should be voting in this referendum.
If we are currently a Union then surely the whole Union should be voting in this referendum. Frank Brock
  • Score: 14

1:18pm Fri 21 Feb 14

LondonScot says...

Perhaps this will inform you as to why we may have a slight resentment to our southern cousins and why a YES vote in September is looking more and more likely:

http://www.independe
nt.co.uk/news/uk/thi
s-britain/how-black-
gold-was-hijacked-no
rth-sea-oil-and-the-
betrayal-of-scotland
-518697.html
Perhaps this will inform you as to why we may have a slight resentment to our southern cousins and why a YES vote in September is looking more and more likely: http://www.independe nt.co.uk/news/uk/thi s-britain/how-black- gold-was-hijacked-no rth-sea-oil-and-the- betrayal-of-scotland -518697.html LondonScot
  • Score: -27

3:28pm Fri 21 Feb 14

molsey says...

LondonScot wrote:
Perhaps this will inform you as to why we may have a slight resentment to our southern cousins and why a YES vote in September is looking more and more likely:

http://www.independe

nt.co.uk/news/uk/thi

s-britain/how-black-

gold-was-hijacked-no

rth-sea-oil-and-the-

betrayal-of-scotland

-518697.html
Slight resentment, that is an understatement, scots have hated the English for generations. There's always a scot having a pop.

Have your independence and FO back up there.
[quote][p][bold]LondonScot[/bold] wrote: Perhaps this will inform you as to why we may have a slight resentment to our southern cousins and why a YES vote in September is looking more and more likely: http://www.independe nt.co.uk/news/uk/thi s-britain/how-black- gold-was-hijacked-no rth-sea-oil-and-the- betrayal-of-scotland -518697.html[/p][/quote]Slight resentment, that is an understatement, scots have hated the English for generations. There's always a scot having a pop. Have your independence and FO back up there. molsey
  • Score: 10

4:28pm Fri 21 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

If scotland goes independent then they are closer to joining the EU. Been the plan all along. Getting England to join the EU was going to be a nigtmare so they had to move, totalian tiptoe.

http://www.theguardi
an.com/global/2014/f
eb/17/scotland-indep
endence-sturgeon-uni
ted-kingdom-eu

This is what seperating from england is all about. The scottish aint got a clue what is coming. They programmed the scottish to seperate from england thanks to the film Bravheart. Scottish people think he was real.
MANIPULATION BIG TIME.
If scotland goes independent then they are closer to joining the EU. Been the plan all along. Getting England to join the EU was going to be a nigtmare so they had to move, totalian tiptoe. http://www.theguardi an.com/global/2014/f eb/17/scotland-indep endence-sturgeon-uni ted-kingdom-eu This is what seperating from england is all about. The scottish aint got a clue what is coming. They programmed the scottish to seperate from england thanks to the film Bravheart. Scottish people think he was real. MANIPULATION BIG TIME. white rabbit9
  • Score: 7

6:04pm Fri 21 Feb 14

goldenbroomboy says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
If scotland goes independent then they are closer to joining the EU. Been the plan all along. Getting England to join the EU was going to be a nigtmare so they had to move, totalian tiptoe. http://www.theguardi an.com/global/2014/f eb/17/scotland-indep endence-sturgeon-uni ted-kingdom-eu This is what seperating from england is all about. The scottish aint got a clue what is coming. They programmed the scottish to seperate from england thanks to the film Bravheart. Scottish people think he was real. MANIPULATION BIG TIME.
I hate to break it to you, but William Wallace WAS real.

However, very little of "Braveheart" is based on fact. One glorious anomaly is that the battle of Stirling Bridge is depicted without the bridge.
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: If scotland goes independent then they are closer to joining the EU. Been the plan all along. Getting England to join the EU was going to be a nigtmare so they had to move, totalian tiptoe. http://www.theguardi an.com/global/2014/f eb/17/scotland-indep endence-sturgeon-uni ted-kingdom-eu This is what seperating from england is all about. The scottish aint got a clue what is coming. They programmed the scottish to seperate from england thanks to the film Bravheart. Scottish people think he was real. MANIPULATION BIG TIME.[/p][/quote]I hate to break it to you, but William Wallace WAS real. However, very little of "Braveheart" is based on fact. One glorious anomaly is that the battle of Stirling Bridge is depicted without the bridge. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: -1

9:10pm Mon 24 Feb 14

joriginaloak says...

Independence will finally free England from underhand dealings of Scottish MPs to fragment Englishness because of their country's fear of English dominance. Scots have always been in bed with the French to bring down England and their plot remains. Years of consecutive labour governments have done their best to weaken and dilute our English identity allowing unlimited immigration, spending grannies savings any wrecking our education system to produce generations of dumb labour voters which are guaranteed to vote them back in as soon as they reach the dole que. I say a yes vote will only do and let this great English nation, the pound, the BBC(might need renaming), HRH and our nuclear capable forces prosper!
Independence will finally free England from underhand dealings of Scottish MPs to fragment Englishness because of their country's fear of English dominance. Scots have always been in bed with the French to bring down England and their plot remains. Years of consecutive labour governments have done their best to weaken and dilute our English identity allowing unlimited immigration, spending grannies savings any wrecking our education system to produce generations of dumb labour voters which are guaranteed to vote them back in as soon as they reach the dole que. I say a yes vote will only do and let this great English nation, the pound, the BBC(might need renaming), HRH and our nuclear capable forces prosper! joriginaloak
  • Score: 21

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