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On September 18, Scotland held a referendum over whether it should remain in the United Kingdom or become an independent nation. Fifty-five percent of Scottish voters said “no” to independence. What does the “tear” between England and Scotland in the cartoon represent? What’s ironic about what’s being used to repair it?
What point is the cartoonist trying to make? Do you agree? Why or why not?
Why do you think a majority of Scots voted against independence?
Though the voting age in Scotland is set at 18, the Scottish government allowed 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in the referendum. Why do you think Scotland lowered the voting age?
Before the vote, British leaders promised to give more powers to Scotland’s parliament. Do you think that promise will satisfy Scots who voted for independence? Why or why not?