[quote]Originally posted by Neil_Caple
So which parts of the current UK are you proposing be cut adrift? The Shetland Isles? The Orkneys? The Hebrides? Or maybe it's just Northern Ireland you want rid of? You see, there's more to the UK than the island of Great Britain, and if it's OK to have a UK which extends beyond the one island, why is it any less logical to have a country which doesn't hog the whole island? Besides, what would you call this whole-island country? How much would you be willing to bet that most of the World wouldn't go on calling it England just as they do now?
Maybe having all of the British Isles as one country would be best!
I disagree with your point of the logical reasoning behind carving up Britain being the same as the current UK borders because I would argue that this is inefficient and counterproductive economically, socially etc.
Now, bearing in mind that Scots make up 9% of the current UK. Now, do you call Turkey Turkey? Hang on, it's 20% Kurdish! Or Burma Burma? Well it's only 68% Burmese. Surely these countries should be called something else, if we are to employ the logic of your last point. Unfortunately countries are often called by foreigners after the major ethnic group. Can you really complain if this happens? After all, I'm sure you're guilty of it yourself!