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A new commentary has been posted. It is entitled: The Scotland Referendum: Democracy won.  The commentary argues that the winner of Scotland’s agonising referendum on September 18 was undoubtedly and impressively democracy.The SNP did not plant bombs in London; they did not arm their supporters; they did not attack government buildings; they did not kill anyone; no campaign of terror was mounted to intimidate and paralyse the rest of the UK.On the flip side, the UK government did not send troops into Scotland; no SNP leaders were arrested and detained; no person in Scotland was stopped from openly, vociferously and stridently denouncing the UK government and the UK Parliament based in England. 

The faces of disappointment - The SNP Leaders in Scotland

The previous commentary was:Scotland's September 18 Referendum: The consequences.  It says that if the people of Scotland vote for independence from the United Kingdom on September 18, they will be buying a one-way ticket to their own misfortune, and with consequences that will go beyond their borders affecting Commonwealth countries. Notwithstanding the arguments of the Scottish National Party, the Scottish economy cannot sustain an independent Scotland that can deliver the welfare system the country now enjoys and pay for all the apparatus required for defense, security and participation in international affairs. Scottish nationalists do the people of Scotland no favour by glibly urging them to go it alone.

The struggle for Scotland... and the United Kingdom

The previous commentary is:Making Caribbean tourism Chinese-ready.  It argues that until there is huge investment in marketing, airlift, tourism plant, and language training, the prospect of an appreciable and steady flow of Chinese tourists will remain remote. If Caribbean countries genuinely want a share of Chinese tourism, rigorous work has to be undertaken now to make fundamental preparations for what is a long-term project. The more that countries delay in making such preparations, the more distant will be the likelihood of attracting Chinese tourists.

The previous commentary is: 51 years later Dr King's dream remains unfulfiled.  The commentary says: Dr Martin Luther King’s profound and haunting peroration, "I have a dream" delivered on 28 August 1963 has to be repeated over and over again. And, the importance of his summons to the American society, especially its establishment not only in Washington but in every City and Town across the United States of America, has to be evoked continually in action to end judgments of black people on the basis of the colour of their skin. Until this is done in a comprehensive and comprehensible manner, the idea that black people are the equals of white people and should be treated as such, will continue to evade America and will stop it from ever being a cohesive society and a strong and respected nation despite its economic and military pre-eminence in the world.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr - delivering his "I have a dream" speech on 28 August 1963