There will be scumbags in charge of Scotland however this vote goes – that’s a given. National self determination is an impossibility, only as a class can we self determine in any meaningful way. The day after independence day will be a work day, a dependence day, a wage dependence day just like any other.

Still, there is something deeply insidious about the arguments for voting No which have surfaced during this campaign. It’s been interesting watching commentators attempt to suggest that we should be proud of our “shared history” without ever naming the central project of that history – the British Empire. Are we supposed to be proud of the legacy of white supremacist capitalism we enforced by warfare and starvation upon this planet? The consensus from all major political parties seems to be yes. The fact is that the idea of being “proud” of British history is racist in itself, and an insult to the people still suffering from its legacy. Shame would be a more reasonable emotion.

For me the empire has been the unspoken, unnamed monster in the room of this whole referendum thing – underlined by the fact that the single largest No rally was an Orange Walk, which was oddly spun as some sort of fringe element. 15,000 people isn’t a fringe, that’s your grassroots. I think this is something worth voting to draw a line under. We can’t get meaningfully forward as a class by changing the state we live in, but we can get that union jack in the bin where it belongs. It is just symbolic, but I think there’s value in showing the world how little this symbol of international racist, capitalism now means to us and having something different. It won’t be “good”, but it won’t be that.

"so proud to be british!"

but like, why. britian is fuckin gross. their whole empire is built on exploiting other countries for its own wants. 

all these jokes about the empire winning out arent cute when the empire in question is one built on the death and destruction of countless cultures and countries. but, ok, whatever.

No matter what happens today, I’m proud of my country. I’m proud to be Scottish /and/ British.

There’s no mistaking that history is being made and ‘yes’ or ‘no’, it’s going to be a close finish.

IM SO PROUD OF ENGLAND. LOVE ALWAYS WINS. HAPPY MARRIAGE EQUALITY! THANK YOU, ENGLAND! IM REALLY PROUD TO LIVE AT THIS MOMENT. TODAY IS A GOOD DAY FOR ALL THE PEOPLE! YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK! CONTINUE TO CHANGE THE WORLD. LOVE WINS ALWAYS.

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Here’s to Yuzuru’s positively golden 2013-2014 season! It hasn’t been easy, but with hard work and determination, you have won three of the biggest figure skating championships and have truly defined yourself as one of the world’s greatest skaters. Here’s to Parisienne Walkways, one of the greatest short programs of all time, and to Romeo and Juliet, a true testament to your growth these past years since your senior debut. A chapter of your life has come to a close, but a new one has already begun. It’s been an absolute pleasure to watch you perform. Rest up and come back next season with more brilliant programs. 

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221013 - happy 30th birthday lewis brindley! ♥ grats to your parents for giving birth to this super handsome ‘lil dorkface who snorts into his laughter, the infamous grumpy cat of the yogscast, is probably a human dictionary reference who tryhards in every game, and is just generally AMAZING. thank you, lewis, for just being a really marvelous human being, bringing this wonderful rag tag group of youtubers together, and continuing to give all your viewers laughter and smiles! i hope you spend this day with your friends and family and that you have a great time :)

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"It’s like a rugby team. If you’re picking for the World Cup final, you’re picking experience with youth. Everything is better off having that balance and that mix. I think that, especially, goes for the monarchy as well." – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (insp.)

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