We do in fact know how to gain Scottish independence – let the English vote on it. Given that most would be just delighted to see the back of the demented porridge wogs that would be that.
However, in and around the shouting match concerning the issue there are some pretty odd claims:
Of course there’s a certain lack of logic to the claim which is why Ritchie supports it. Looking at countries which are currently independent will not find anywhere which has succeeded in becoming a colony again, will it? We would need to look at current colonies – British Overseas Territories as they are now known – to find one of those.
And it’s at this point that we find out that the claim is wrong too:
Full adult suffrage was introduced to Anguilla in 1952. After a brief period as part of the West Indies Federation (1958–62), the island of Anguilla became part of the associated state of Saint Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla with full internal autonomy in 1967. However many Anguillians had no wish to be a part of this union, and resented the dominance of St Kitts within it. On 30 May 1967 Anguillians forcibly ejected the St Kitts police force from the island and declared their separation from St Kitts following a referendum. The events, led by Atlin Harrigan and Ronald Webster amongst others, became known as the Anguillian Revolution; its goal was not independence per se, but rather independence from Saint Kitts and Nevis and a return to being a British colony.
With negotiations failing to break the deadlock, a second referendum confirming Anguillians’ desire for separation from St Kitts was held and the Republic of Anguilla was declared unilaterally, with Ronald Webster as president. Efforts by British envoy William Whitlock failed to break the impasse and 300 British troops were subsequently sent in March 1969. British authority was restored, and confirmed by the Anguilla Act of July 1971. In 1980, Anguilla was finally allowed to formally secede from Saint Kitts and Nevis and become a separate British Crown colony (now a British overseas territory). Since then, Anguilla has been politically stable, and has seen a large growth in its tourism and offshore financing sectors.
But then, you know, facts and Scottish independence…..