Throughout the course of Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy, “Macbeth”, the eponymous hero develops from a highly respected warrior and loyal thane; to a “dead butcher”, executed for his crimes against Scotland, and condemned by all. By making the fatal error of disregarding his conscience and committing regicide in order to gain the crown of Scotland, he seals his own eternal fate and that of Scotland, making her the “grave” of her people.
I will discuss the history and ground level information of Scotland and Wales, representing how this trifling nation has molded the world and others who live in it. I will also discuss important material about the statistics of the country and the distinction between the ethnocentrism in British and American ways of life. I will also discuss how the United States and Scotland both partake in many cultural ideas and traditions, But like every culture and nation they are different and share plenty of alterations.
There has been a wave of nationalistic fever sweeping the country ever since the SNP came to power in 2007. Independence is on their agenda and now there is a referendum set for 2014. But why should we go independent? After all, we have been married to England for over 300 years and our country is ‘too poor’ and ‘too wee’ to square up to the economic giants in the global market today and what would happen if the our banks were to self-destruct again? Would we manage to govern our own country independently? Increasingly people are beginning to see autonomy as a panacea for the predicament Scotland faces. However, there are masses out there that are still worried about the myriad of 'unanswered
Within the United Kingdom, a recurring issue has been raised regarding the political position of Scotland and how the Scottish Parliament could better govern the country. To establish whether the quality of life could be improved for the Scottish people, key events, devolution, and the Scottish Parliament must be evaluated and analysed. The argument for greater power in decision making and the ability to implement change for the citizens of Scotland, has been central to Scottish politics for some time.
The play of Macbeth has themes in it which can be associated with people who live in our world today. In Macbeth we see a king who abuses his power and uses it for the wrong reasons. He almost always get away with it. Despite the fact that there were people that were suspicious of Macbeth, he was never brought to justice with some of his deeds. In this play we also find out about the lengths that Macbeth went to, so he could become king and to also stay as king. The similarities between people in today’s society are that the lengths that they will go to,
In 1979, The Scots become asked whether they wanted a Scottish parliament or not, 52% of voters said they did—but the number was too low to accept it. Years went by, the and in 1997, over 74% of Scots voted for a parliament, which become duly formed. In 1999 Scotland got its own parliament. England still holds Scotland in an iron grip, because even though they have their own parliament, they don’t have the right to say much. Scotland getting its own government, gave them a little taste of
independence, to determine whether the Scottish independence from Britain. The independence referendum entered the 100-day countdown stage, Nicola Sturgeon (Deputy First Minister) and Alistair Darling (Former chancellor of the exchequer) both had a very convincing speech on this topic. Nicola argues,Scotland’s huge wealth and extraordinary resources mean there is no question Scottish can be independent (Sturgeon,2014).Darling called on people to say “no thanks” to independence (Darling,2014).I thought that Nicola had a stronger speech. They both had prominent points and were persuasive,but I thought Nicola’s speech is easy to understand.
Muslims face many problems in Scotland today. One problem is that many people see Muslims as a threat because of recent terrorist attacks and, though some do not say anything in particular, there is an air of distrust when a Muslim is present. Another problem is that many Muslims also face racial abuse, but the main victims are women because they wear items of clothing that are easily identified as being Muslim, such as Hijabs and Burkas. Another problem that a report found is that 21% of Scottish people would object to a Muslim teacher, teaching their children, compared to 4% if the teacher was Asian. Also a problem is the fact that many Scottish people think that Scotland would lose it’s identity if more Muslims came to the country, despite
Taub’s argument against the probable Scottish independence is based on beliefs that independence would expose the country to big, unnecessary risks. These risks would emanate from things the country would lose from the process of cessation from the United Kingdom and those attributed to being independent upon the completion of the cessation. While Taub’s article provides significant insights on the cons of Scottish independence, an in-depth analysis shows that it is biased and not objective. Article Summary
The condition of Glebeland’s power gaining process is similar to the condition of Scotland’s, which occupies 54 seats in the House of Commons. The legislative bargaining offers Scotland a chance to continuously earn more power under the asymmetric power devolution of the United Kingdom. Followed by the establishment of the Scottish parliament in 1977, the Scottish National Party (SNP) became one of the largest parties in the UK in 1999, and then held power in the Scottish general election in 2007. The power gaining process of Glebeland is parallel to the process of Scottish. Thus, similar to the Scottish government, Glebeland’s government is getting more prepared to lead an independent nation. It is true that one cannot eliminate the possibility that the second independence referendum would fail again. However, with the slippery slope of the power gaining process, this second referendum could still help Glebeland’s government bargain for more power with the central government even if it turns out to have a “No” result. Consequently, it could ensure Glebeland a higher degree of autonomous power.
According to the video, back in 1980’s and 1990’s, Scotland sentiment was anti English and xenophobic. It appears this changed over time. In recent years, Scotland has a great sense of nationalism that seems to be inclusive. This nationalist feeling is not necessarily reserved to natives, but also immigrants that are willing to embrace being Scottish. Many Scottish favor staying in the EU, and the Brexit is bringing the possibility of voting once again for Scotland to gain its own independence from the United Kingdom. Scotland doesn’t seem to share the same views that lead many of the England to vote on favor of exiting the EU. This could potentially lead to a call for independence from Scotland, which also can influence other parts of the
“Parliamentary sovereignty is no longer, if it ever was, absolute” (Lord Hope). Discuss with reference to at least three challenges to the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty. Parliamentary sovereignty is the concept that Parliament has the power to repeal, amend or create any law it wishes and therefore no body in the UK can challenge its legal validity. There are many people who would argue that this is a key principle to the UK Constitution, on the other hand, there are those who strongly believe that this idea is one of the past, and that the idea of the UK Parliament being sovereign is false. One of these people is Lord Hope, who said “Parliamentary sovereignty is no longer, if it ever was, absolute”. During the last 50 years there have been a variety of developments that have proved to be a challenge for the legitimacy of parliamentary sovereignty, and the ones which will be examined in this essay are: the devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament; The United Kingdom’s entry into the European Union in 1973; and finally the power of judicial review. Starting with the devolution of powers, these challenges will all be evaluated when discussing whether or not the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty applies to the United Kingdom. Westminster’s sovereignty has been gradually diminishing over time as varying amounts of power have been devolved to Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. In this essay, the devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament will be
The themes of ambition, insecurity and the power of the ego are prevalent not just in current society, but also in Scotland during the period in which this play is set. Macbeth’s own interpretation of these emotions, provoked since the first encounter with the witches, is what makes him commit ruthless and immoral actions. The supernatural provokes
Scotland has always been seen as one the main European countries and a major part of the United Kingdom. Scotland was an independent country up until the year 1701 when the Act of the Union was signed forming the United Kingdom. The original countries in the United Kingdom include England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Scotland is also well known as the home of golf. Golf can be traced back to Scotland all the way back in 1457. In this report we will talk about the vast culture of Scotland and how they compare to us, the economy of Scotland and how they make a living as a country and as citizens, and also about their government and how they are similar to us and differ from us.
A stronger economy is only one of the many benefits of devolution to Scotland. Prior to devolution, Scotland has slowed down the United Kingdom regarding business establishments and commercial activities in general. Now, one of the basic aims of the Scottish government is to encourage the creation of more businesses, the continuous existence of these businesses when they are created. Competition among firms have increased competition, efficiency and innovation, thereby, boosting the economy and achieving the aim of the Scottish