Eden MP Rory Stewart calls for 100,000 to link arms along Scottish border to show 'love that binds the union'

The Westmorland Gazette: Rory Stewart Rory Stewart

PENRITH and the Border MP Rory Stewart is calling on thousands of people to link hands along England's 'old border' with Scotland as a demonstration of the human ties that bind the two nations.

Mr Stewart said the event he plans for July 19 would 'show the love that exists between the four nations of the union'.

Speaking in a House of Commons debate today, the MP said the union wasn't just about economics - Scotland would be missed for emotional reasons.

Linking hands along the 'old border' of Hadrian'sWall would show how much the rest of the UK cares about Scotland, Mr Stewart said.

"It cannot be simply economics. If a relationship is going wrong, if a marriage is going wrong, the answer cannot simply be to say 'you can't afford to break up because you are going to lose the house'.

"The answer has to be only one thing, which is 'I love you'. What we need is the human expression.

Mr Stewart said he hoped 100,000 people from England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland would gather along the ancient border on July 19, linking arms.

 

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1:46am Fri 7 Feb 14

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Why can't I have a vote on Scottish independence? Get rid of the whinging jocks, cut taxes in England and let them have Gordon Brown as prime minister. What can go wrong with that?
Why can't I have a vote on Scottish independence? Get rid of the whinging jocks, cut taxes in England and let them have Gordon Brown as prime minister. What can go wrong with that? Milkbutnosugarplease

5:42am Sat 8 Feb 14

MUMPO15 says...

I hope its absalutly **** it down,,,,,,,,,, you could have the whole 60 million of them linking hands, and I will still be voting yes, this is simiilat tactic what was used in quebec by the Canadian government, it wont work on us scotts, ENGLAND KEEP OUT OF THIS DEBATE THIS IS A SCOTTISH AFFAIR
I hope its absalutly **** it down,,,,,,,,,, you could have the whole 60 million of them linking hands, and I will still be voting yes, this is simiilat tactic what was used in quebec by the Canadian government, it wont work on us scotts, ENGLAND KEEP OUT OF THIS DEBATE THIS IS A SCOTTISH AFFAIR MUMPO15

5:43am Sat 8 Feb 14

MUMPO15 says...

I hope its absalutly **** it down,,,,,,,,,, you could have the whole 60 million of them linking hands, and I will still be voting yes, this is simiilat tactic what was used in quebec by the Canadian government, it wont work on us scotts, ENGLAND KEEP OUT OF THIS DEBATE THIS IS A SCOTTISH AFFAIR
I hope its absalutly **** it down,,,,,,,,,, you could have the whole 60 million of them linking hands, and I will still be voting yes, this is simiilat tactic what was used in quebec by the Canadian government, it wont work on us scotts, ENGLAND KEEP OUT OF THIS DEBATE THIS IS A SCOTTISH AFFAIR MUMPO15

1:05pm Mon 10 Feb 14

jazzactivist says...

Don't need to repeat it twice, MUMPO15! I agree with you that it is for people in Scotland to vote for or against independence, as they will be affected the most. I lived in Scotland for many years, and don't like the idea of a Scottish Nationalist government as I have seen around the world the damage that extreme nationalism can do. But I can also see why Scottish people would want independence now given the policies and practices of the current Tory-Lib Dem coalition UK government. If I still lived there I'd be voting Yes, but then voting the Nats out in the next Scottish election. FYI, Milk, I'd like Gordon Brown to be prime minister again - he had a few faults, but he was so much better than the current crew.
Don't need to repeat it twice, MUMPO15! I agree with you that it is for people in Scotland to vote for or against independence, as they will be affected the most. I lived in Scotland for many years, and don't like the idea of a Scottish Nationalist government as I have seen around the world the damage that extreme nationalism can do. But I can also see why Scottish people would want independence now given the policies and practices of the current Tory-Lib Dem coalition UK government. If I still lived there I'd be voting Yes, but then voting the Nats out in the next Scottish election. FYI, Milk, I'd like Gordon Brown to be prime minister again - he had a few faults, but he was so much better than the current crew. jazzactivist

6:03am Tue 11 Feb 14

Grumpyoldbiker says...

If Scotland wishes to be independent from England, Wales and Northern Ireland then so be it.
If Scotland wishes to be independent from England, Wales and Northern Ireland then so be it. Grumpyoldbiker

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