On Friday night I was having dinner at a restaurant in Palma. A couple sat at the next door table and when they were asked what language they would like their menu in they replied Scottish! I grinned and the waiter looked amazed. Moments later my telephone rang and I answered in English. When I finished the call, my Scottish neighbour leaned over and apologised for the "menu business". "No problem," I replied and he went on to say "sorry, thought you were Spanish". I laughed and said, I thought you were English.

We got talking and we agreed that we were living in very strange times. The British are not exactly flavour of the month in the European Union at the moment since Brexit and of course Scotland is on record as being more European than the rest of the United Kingdom. But the incident did underline the fact that Britain is a pretty divided country at the moment. There are those who are in favour of Brexit, those who are against, those in Scotland who favour a breakaway and those who want to stay as part of the United Kingdom. It is a great pity that the country can’t be brought together but the last two referendums have effectively split the country. Scotland is still split over independence and obviously Britain is divided over Brexit. And I suspect that this state of affairs is going to continue.

Scottish independence and Brexit are obviously very big issues so I can’t see people changing their minds overnight. But it must be remembered that Britain is still in Europe but not the European Union and the United Kingdom is still a united country. Making the United Kingdom united again will be no easy task and it may not be possible. Perhaps Brexit will see the country just splinter apart. A United Ireland and an independent Scotland. We are certainly living in very interesting times at the moment.

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Simon Tow / Hace over 4 years

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all" Noam Chomsky

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Andreas / Hace over 4 years

Ooops, Masochism allert! And it looks like the turkeys will vote for Xmas again in the UK general election.

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Liz / Hace over 4 years

Very interesting comment from someone who's government is controlled by wealthy hoteliers and whose record of corruption is simply amazing.

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Simon Tow / Hace over 4 years

MelB: one of the most intelligent and pertinent comments made in quite some time.

The political system is being held together by a shoe string, corruption is still rife, and hand-outs to un-deserving and non-contributing "citizens" is probably higher than in the UK, whilst taxation on people who actually do work for a living for pitiful salaries, definitely is.

We won´t even talk about what it entails to start a business and then run it, and then be treated as good as criminals by the local and central government.

And now the UK is being treated like a pariah state by the Spanish Government (and a majority of its population) for expressing, under our own free will, something that not many other countries in the EU would dare to do, especially not Spain, to leave a soon to become a federal "united" states of Europe, forgetting that we contributed billions of euros to the common good, especially Spain´s.

Can we have our money back please ?.

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MelB / Hace over 4 years

It would be more helpful to have an in depth editorial dealing with the precarious situation Spain is in, due to its enormous debt levels; levels maintained by the way to keep Spain subserviant to the master Germany, and to boost the German economy. The possible impact of this on our lives(and pensions) here would be far more beneficial than U.K. bashing.

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Richard Pearson / Hace over 4 years

So, did your Scottish correspondents vote for independence and the EU or not ?

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Henry James / Hace over 4 years

Here you go again,knocking the UK,the UK is at it's best in adversity and the EU are going to make it hard for us,if only to deter others from jumping ship,we all know that but that can work both ways,don't forget that. We will be better of out of the corrupt EU and will prosper,together.

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