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Scottish referendum

This may interest those of us who claim Scottish ancestry, as I do. Almost 2,000 years ago, the great Roman historian Gaius Suetonious Tranquillus told us that Rome sent immaculately dressed and disciplined soldiers comprising two legions north of Britannia to explore and survey unknown territory known today as Scotland.

They were horrified to discover — and reported back to their command — that all they could find was hordes of primitive naked men, covered with hair and paint, chasing wild animals with spears. The Romans wisely and immediately concluded that these “people” could never be civilized and as a result they wanted nothing to do with them (Scotch whiskey and golf had yet to be introduced). Result? Hadrians wall and the Antonine wall were built at once to keep the barbarians out of Britannia.

It would seem history has repeated itself. Now, the Scots have declared they wish to remain with Britannia and have voted against isolationism. Obviously, the Romans were wrong. History does indeed repeat itself, but this time in reverse.

M.L. Jakeman

Penn Valley

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