John Oliver on Scottish Independence

Submitted by Elaine Magliaro

Last Sunday on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver did a segment on the subject of Scottish independence. He discussed the arguments both for and against independence. Oliver “noted the differing political philosophies between Scotland (generally liberal) and the U.K. (generally conservative) and raised key issues like the oil revenues from Scotland’s reserves.” He also talked about the issue of British nuclear weapons that have been stored in Scotland—which the Scots would like removed if theirs becomes an independent country.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Scottish Independence

NOTE: Tomorrow, Scots will have the opportunity to vote on a referendum that could establish an independent Scottish state separate from Britain.


Scotland Independence: John Oliver Weighs In On ‘Last Week Tonight’ [POLL] (International Business Times)

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14 Responses to John Oliver on Scottish Independence

  1. Anonymously Yours says:

    My question is, if this is allowed to happen, how quickly will other possessions of the UK seek to do the same?

  2. AY,

    Why Canada wants Scotland to vote ‘yes’ by Stephen Marche in Toronto for, Tuesday 16 September 2014 07.45 EDT

  3. randyjet says:

    Oliver was hilarious! That alone is one reason not to leave. Seriously, given the plans of the pro-“independence” forces, leaving will still leave most of the levers of power in British and EU hands. So the only thing I can see happening is that it will create a lot of new jobs in the government for Scots in the diplomatic corps, agencies that deal in other matters such as oil, power, and the military. I am sure most Scot military members will love the increased promotions that will result and the industries that provide the weapon will flourish. All of this will have to be paid for on a shrinking financial base with North Sea oil revenues dropping. In short, as proposed, this is simply a great featherbedding scheme for office seekers. Another problem is that as US corporations have found, it is easier to get your way in small states which have a less involved public interest groups, than it is in a large polity.

  4. Oky1 says:


    John Oliver, very funny piece! 🙂

  5. pete says:

    Yep, if Scotland is allowed to leave East Anglia and Wessex won’t be far behind.

  6. James Knauer says:

    Groundskeeper Willie on Scottish Independence…

  7. po says:

    I am quite excited at the idea of Scotland becoming independent, I am not sure why but perhaps for the same reason I was when South Sudan became a country.

  8. po says:

    Thanks for the link, Gene, Marche is a great writer, his insight into things is always interesting.
    North Ireland anyone?

  9. Oky1 says:

    There are factual grounds I have as a reason that I do not trust unaudited electronic voting machines. People have to organize outside the systems & sigh Affidavit of Fact that they did or didn’t vote for whatever, I believe.

    But below I find it funny & I actually hope it happened for some sarc humor reason. 🙂

    ** What Happens When Scottish Voters Give It Their 110%, According To CNN
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  10. Oky1 says:

    Maybe Scotland isn’t using electronic voting machines?

    ** 23:42 GMT – Tribal chief – AFP’s Katherine Haddon, at the Edinburgh count centre, says journalists there face a long wait as officials concentrate on the business of counting the huge numbers of ballot papers. But they are not without diversions: **

  11. Oky1 says:

    No, I’m not shocked, disappointed yes. Rigged election are not it appears my cousins in Scotland will be forced to reject Freedom, A Ph’in Birth Right, & remain Groomers of the Brits Royal Stool. Ph’in Arse Wipes for the Queen.

    I suggest at this point they stop insulting my family’s heritage & change the name of the country from Scotland to Phk’in Wankers!

    LOL , but I’m not bitter much 🙂

  12. Oky1 says:

    What happened, I do not know?

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