3. Scotland is a Wee Country No, I’m not getting into our size in terms of importance, just pure physical size. If we include Rockall (which officially comes under the jurisdiction of Harris in the Outer Hebrides) Scotland’s territory is roughly the same size as England’s. Scotland also boasts over 10% of Europe’s coastline when you include the islands. Strip them out and Scotland’s littoral is still a whopping three times larger than England’s and twice that of either France or Spain, so Scotland is not really that wee.
6. Scotland Didn’t Invent the World We did and if you don’t believe me put down the phone right now as you don’t have one. Don’t bother turning off the TV either as it was never invented if you remove Scots from the pioneering equation. Flee to your car by all means, but it will have no tyres and even if it did there will be no tarmac roads to drive on. Tread carefully coming back into the house too as if you trip and hurt yourself there will be no antibiotics on hand to save your life. See – Scotland did invent the world!
8. Other Countries Make Scotch Other countries do fool around with odd mixes of malted barley, yeast and water, but they don’t make Scotch. The Irish cannot even spell whisky for goodness sake! The Japanese, Welsh and Canadians all valiantly try to concoct their own single malts, but for it to be called ‘Scotch’ it has to be, well, Scotch in origin.
10. Scotland is Not a Country Whether Scotland remains part of the UK or not it will still be a country. When the Act of Union was passed in 1707 it did not dissolve Scotland, but brought it into a Union with England, which too is already a country, hence the separate football teams et al and separate Scottish legal and education systems that were never brought under British control.