Worldview 1.30.12

January 30, 2012

(AP/Scott Heppell)
A modern independence movement is gaining steam in Scotland, which has been part of Great Britain since 1707.

Scotland recently announced plans to hold a referendum on independence from Britain. Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, says this would be the country's “most important decision for 300 years.” Local Scot Euan Hague walks us through the history of Scottish-English relations and tells us why he favors an independent Scotland. Also, today marks 40 years since Ireland's Bloody Sunday massacre, where British soldiers shot 26 unarmed civil-rights protesters and bystanders. At age 15, Don Mullan witnessed the events. In 1998, his book, Eyewitness Bloody Sunday, helped push Prime Minister Tony Blair to establish an inquiry into "Bloody Sunday." Worldview talks to Don about that day and the current state of peace in Northern Ireland.