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(BBC)   Scotland is "the worst performing small country in Western Europe" according to a new survey. Expect an angry reaction, once they sober up   (news.bbc.co.uk ) divider line
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2007-06-11 05:33:53 AM  
Since when is Scotland a country?
 
2007-06-11 05:49:34 AM  
submitter: when they sober up

So, like, never?
 
2007-06-11 05:50:40 AM  
Cagey B: Since when is Scotland a country?

Sean Connery told me it was. Traitor.
 
2007-06-11 06:01:23 AM  
Can't be all that bad, they keep taking my soft southern dandy taxes to build silly things up there.

Anyway, it's a pointless report, I think it's just a sham put together to get support for nationalists aiming to leave the Union.
 
2007-06-11 08:54:13 AM  
If it ain't Scot, it's CRAP!
 
2007-06-11 09:32:33 AM  
Cagey B: Since when is Scotland a country?

The Kingdom of the Picts was brought together in 685 CE.

They say news travels fast in the internet age. Evidently 'they' are wrong.
 
2007-06-11 09:41:56 AM  
I know what will motivate them. Prima Nocta.
 
2007-06-11 10:16:55 AM  
"All right, May, turn off the Bay City Rollers!"
 
2007-06-11 10:49:26 AM  
The Onanist: If it ain't Scot, it's CRAP!

Apparently, if it is Scottish, then it's crap.
 
2007-06-11 01:26:00 PM  
Scotland: the Mississippi of Europe.
 
2007-06-11 01:54:00 PM  
So, where are all the Groundskeeper Willy references I came here for?
 
2007-06-11 03:15:20 PM  
FarkinNortherner: The Kingdom of the Picts was brought together in 685 CE.

They say news travels fast in the internet age. Evidently 'they' are wrong.


So how exactly does this make Scotland a sovereign country in today's world? Last I checked, ancient tribal affiliations didn't guarantee independent country status in perpetuity forever and ever.
 
2007-06-11 03:30:14 PM  
enough with the country vs tribal affiliations debate and make with the So I married an Axe murderer quotes.

www.moviecritic.ca

Let's get PISSED!
 
2007-06-11 04:30:20 PM  
So how exactly does this make Scotland a sovereign country in today's world? Last I checked, ancient tribal affiliations didn't guarantee independent country status in perpetuity forever and ever.

You asked 'since when'. Since 685 CE, on and off.

Scotland isn't a sovereign state. It's a country that forms one of the four constituent countries of the sovereign state of the United Kingdom.
 
2007-06-11 06:21:22 PM  
Cagey B: Last I checked, ancient tribal affiliations didn't guarantee independent country status in perpetuity forever and ever.

Apparently, you've never heard of Israel.
 
2007-06-11 07:25:52 PM  
www.culcreuch.com
/Does not approve.
 
2007-06-11 08:27:44 PM  
Yes, but they still have the sexy accent, so they will get the wimmen and isn't that all that matters really?
 
2007-06-11 09:11:00 PM  
DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: Apparently, you've never heard of Israel.

When I think of countries existing into perpetuity, somehow Israel doesn't exactly spring to mind.

/Oh yeah, we all forgot Poland
 
2007-06-12 12:11:13 AM  
Sexually!

/nuthin'
 
2007-06-12 12:12:51 AM  
"Head! Down! Now!"
 
2007-06-12 12:15:08 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
Does not agree.
 
2007-06-12 12:15:41 AM  
And the BEST performing country in Western Europe you ask?

IRELAND OF COURSE!
 
2007-06-12 12:16:55 AM  
Scotland's life expectancy rate was a major factor in it coming bottom.

Heh, Scotland comes bottom.
 
2007-06-12 12:17:41 AM  
www.wspd.wellington.net.nz
 
2007-06-12 12:20:27 AM  
They'd certainly have better health without all the deep-fried pizza & chips.

img2.travelblog.org
 
2007-06-12 12:22:11 AM  
www.simpsonstrivia.com.ar


Ok Skinner! That's the last time you'll slap your Willie around!
 
2007-06-12 12:22:20 AM  
I heard a story that when Mel Gibson was filming Braveheart he asked one of the extras what they wore under their kilts. The extra responded, "Your wife's lipstick, wee man!"

/Or so the legend goes...
 
2007-06-12 12:26:52 AM  
Candygram4Mongo: So, where are all the Groundskeeper Willy references I came here for?

I'm workin' on it, but I'm only one man

www.hollywoodstandups.com

Dr. Julius Hibbert: "Now he may try to slobber on your crotch"

Homer Simpson: "Heh, I've been around Scotsmen"
 
2007-06-12 12:27:25 AM  
I blame an overall lack of Stuarts on the throne
 
2007-06-12 12:31:05 AM  
 
2007-06-12 12:33:10 AM  
Look at the size of that head. It's like Sputnik.
 
2007-06-12 12:34:29 AM  
mangofalls.com

"o i dunno, i had a laddie or two in the moors once upon a time..."
 
2007-06-12 12:34:53 AM  
PopeUrban: I blame an overall lack of Stuarts on the throne

I whole-heartedly agree.

--William Roy "HaeMaker" Stuart
 
2007-06-12 12:37:58 AM  
Aren't you kind of comparing apples and oranges here? Scotland has all the autonomy of Utrecht or Quebec. With the EU sapping sovereignty, it's turning into a de facto province of a province.
 
2007-06-12 12:40:35 AM  
Scotland is also being compared with other small countries, a chunk of Scandinavia included. They're beating all other countries, not just the small western European ones, in just about every category relating to economic or social conditions.
 
2007-06-12 12:44:23 AM  
There's nothing wrong with Scotland that warm trousers and long underwear won't fix. Do wonders for that poor health and high mortality thing.
 
2007-06-12 12:50:36 AM  
On the other hand their version of the English language has been a source of amusement for centuries. That sport where they throw phone poles is pretty cool too.
 
2007-06-12 12:57:22 AM  
...but you'll never take our freedom!

now, if you'll excuse me, it's happy hour soon...
 
2007-06-12 01:03:01 AM  
technically, scotland is a country, but in reality it is more like a state or province of the UK
 
2007-06-12 01:22:24 AM  
Oh come on these guys *invented* scotch.

/it's not just for breakfast anymore.
 
2007-06-12 01:26:07 AM  
I'm a member of the Scottish National Guard, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

/etc
 
2007-06-12 01:56:32 AM  
technically, scotland is a country, but in reality it is more like a state or province of the UK

I will forgive this comment as it is made out of ignorance. NO Scotsman will ever recognize England as a ruling body of our country.

If you live there/from there you would understand.
 
2007-06-12 02:01:27 AM  
Expect an angry reaction, once they sober up

What's wrong with an immediate angry inebriated inhibetid drunk reaction?
 
2007-06-12 02:03:13 AM  
Way I read it on the BBC, it put Scotland as okay for education, employment and so on (above average, even), but way down on health. Somehow, the joys of deep-fried haggis and chips washed down with icy cold irn-bru is not providing the tonic effect that you would hope for.

Not that I can complain: I ate an entire packet of butteries to myself the other weekend.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buttery_%28bread%29

As a health feature though, they don't contain any butter, despite the name. Yum yum yum.

// To all the trolls: yes, Scotland is a country, with its own parliament. They're even more useless than most politicians, but we have recently elected in Alex "Wee Eck" Salmond as leader, putting the boot into Tony Blair and his lies and warmongering.
 
2007-06-12 02:10:21 AM  
Where is Connor McLeod of the clan McLeod when you need him?

/There can be only one...
 
2007-06-12 02:19:05 AM  
Willy don't care as long as they keep making Scots Whisky.

/not Scottish but I appreciate a fine drink
 
2007-06-12 02:27:45 AM  
But Scotland only got that parliament back in 1998, after nearly 300 years of not having one, and still called themselves a country in the interceding years. The states and provinces of the USA, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, etc. all have their own legislative bodies too, anyway. Let's face it, the name "country" is purely semantic.
 
2007-06-12 02:35:21 AM  
I distinctly remember a big sign outside the Edinburgh airport saying "Welcome to Scotland, the best small country in the world!"

So how, then, can it be the worst small country in Western Europe? That's illogical.
 
2007-06-12 03:24:29 AM  
It is the easiest fix imaginable. Give Glasgow to England.
 
2007-06-12 03:33:05 AM  
Give me a single malt.

We need to castrate the pussies that want to ban smoking.
 
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