2014年3月4日 星期二

Sean Connery: Scottish independence is 'too good to miss'


2014.3.4

史恩康納萊

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今早《新頭殼》新聞:
英國最性感的老牌影星史恩康納萊(Sean Connery),今年已經83歲了,依然老驥伏櫪、志在千里,根據路透社3日報導,他向英國老牌左翼政治文化雜誌《新政治家》(New Statesman)電子版投書,呼籲大家贊成蘇格蘭獨立公投。


In his novel “The Great Train Robbery” (1975), he turned back the clock to Victorian England to tell the story of a genteel archcriminal (Sean Connery in the film) who relieves a speeding train of its cargo of gold bullion.

 

Scottish independence is 'too good to miss' says actor Sean Connery

LONDON Mon Mar 3, 2014 2:37pm GMT
Actor Sean Connery arrives for the Edinburgh International Film Festival opening night showing of the animated movie 'The Illusionist' at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland June 16, 2010. REUTERS/David Moir
Actor Sean Connery arrives for the Edinburgh International Film Festival opening night showing of the animated movie 'The Illusionist' at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland June 16, 2010.
Credit: Reuters/David Moir

 
(Reuters) - Former James Bond actor Sean Connery has said an independent Scotland is an opportunity "too good to miss" and ending the union with England would help boost artistic creation north of their common border.
The Scottish-born star, 83, spoke out six months before a referendum that could split the United Kingdom. A long-term supporter of separation, the Bahamas resident has said he could return to his native land if it became independent.
He was the latest in a number of high-profile stars recently entering the independence debate. Last month, rock star David Bowie said "Scotland, stay with us" in a message read out by model Kate Moss at the Brit pop music awards.
"As a Scot and as someone with a lifelong love for both Scotland and the arts, I believe the opportunity of independence is too good to miss," Connery wrote in an article due to be published on the New Statesman website on Tuesday.
"Simply put - there is no more creative an act than creating a new nation," he said. The referendum on whether to end the 307-year union with England will be held on September 18.
Connery, who conceded that independence was a matter for the people who live and work in Scotland, argued that a "yes" verdict would boost that country's film and creative industries.
"Scotland has an opportunity to make a step change," he wrote. "More than anything else, culture defines a country. It provides international visibility and stimulates global interest more than a nation's politics, business or economy ever can.
"So, with our colourful history, strong identity, deep rooted traditions, a commitment to artistic innovation and diverse and beautiful landscapes, Scotland is truly blessed."
Also on Tuesday, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond will deliver a lecture in London about independence.
Salmond is heading the campaign for secession, battling London's efforts to prevent a "yes" verdict by undermining his Scottish National Party's central case that oil-rich Scotland could be a prosperous independent nation.
Financial heavyweights such as the Edinburgh-based Standard Life and the Royal Bank of Scotland have voiced concerns about uncertainties over currency, regulation, and tax regimes in the event of Scottish independence.
By contrast, the head of the International Airlines Group, the owner of British Airways, said it could be good for business.
(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Tom Heneghan)
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