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This week Scotland, a constituent part of the United Kingdom, goes to the polls to decide if it will seceed from the union.  This would lead directly to the break-up of the UK.  The race is literally too close to call and the Unionist faction “Better Together” are in a bit of a panic.  There are any number of implications from an American perspective which I will endeavour to tease out before Thursday. Meanwhile, today, Baird thinks that a new mascot might help.