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Scottish Independence: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Scotland is about to vote on whether to secede from the UK. There are solid arguments on both sides. But none of that makes bagpipes good to listen to…or does it? Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/lastweektonight Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/lastweektonight
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kakashihatake454 (10 hours ago)
Cat Bronchitis in A minor 😂😂 dead
Paul Lytle (1 day ago)
NI is next tiocfaidh ar la
Sylvia Wvong (1 day ago)
I hate to say this, but J.O., you have a terrible scottish accent. You also do a very bad Canadian one. I have never heard anyone speak like that in my entire life. But you are a great comedian.
ILikeCoors Beer (2 days ago)
Hello, I am just an American so I don't want to put my nose into this topic too far (since it's probably none of my buisiness), but I wanted to ask you guys across the Atlantic why the Scottish parlament has the authority to declare it's independence, and why those in the UK would expect London to honor Scotlands decision. I know that from 1707 to 1999 the Parliament in London kind of ran the whole show, but as far as I can tell, the changes made by the "devolved" measures made since 1998 have made the Scottish parlament seemingly completely subservient to the London parlament. I got from the official scottish parlament website: "The UK Parliament continues to legislate in reserved areas in Scotland. It remains sovereign and may also therefore legislate on devolved matters in Scotland. However in accordance with the so called Sewel Convention, the Government has adopted a principle whereby ‘the UK will not normally legislate in relation to devolved matters in Scotland without the agreement of the Scottish Parliament.’ " From this bit and the gist from the rest of the websites describtion, it seems that even if Scotland did say yes to leaving the UK, only the UK parlament has the power to actually pass the legislation needed to make Scotland an independent country (right? Did i misinterprate this?). Am I missing something? Even if Scotland now has its own parlament which is given authority on domestic scottish issues, the power to expand that power lies firmly in London (Scotland ' s parlament isn't even given authority on foreign policy). So I mean, has anything really changed from how it's been for the last 311 years? I mean, if the parlament in London just ignores the "leave" descision of Scotland, there doesn't seem to be anything in place, by the law or by force, which would compel the parlament in London to even touch the issue, much less declare it's 300 year partner permanently independent. I'm not trying to criticize anyone, I just feel like I must be missing something big, otherwise I can't help but see this entire vote as some kind of weird farce (where no one wins). Scotland in 1707 was forced by London to give up any power of self governance it still had. I just don't see anything preventing London from doing the same thing today. If they effectively disolved the Scottish parlament using the same authority they used to establish it in 1997..... well you probably get my point. Do you guys over there trust this? Why doesn't London shut this down? Is there anything preventing London from doing so? Would them killing this entire thing, scottish parlament and all, even be unpopular in these times? I love you john oliver
harshal agrawal (2 days ago)
sarcasm is not going to get scotland back
AManThatCantFly (2 days ago)
*S C O T T L A N D F O R E V E R*
dominic tiesi (5 days ago)
David Young (7 days ago)
Whoever thinks this guy is funny needs their head looked, what a Bawbag.
Simplethings (7 days ago)
and a few years later this ignorant country decide to vote Donald Trump as President. Back at ya!!!
MUGODA SIMON (7 days ago)
IT WILL BE SAD THAT AFTER ALL THE WORLD CHANGING STUFF GREAT BRITAIN DID good or bad Scotland leaves, it will be the end of an enra in world History together they changed the world but ..
Milubee (8 days ago)
my favorite feminist
Paul Lytle (9 days ago)
You had no problem shipping out in the black and tans to makesure no one plays hurling or survives a football match but now you want independence from the huns lookie there Tiocfaidh ar la erin go bragh
Allison Biddix (12 days ago)
Respect to all those who fought & still fighting for Scottish independence & freedom from english control!✔💯💙
Quiwi Lin Lisolet (12 days ago)
I wonder what would happen if they voted again now post Brexit...
Dovakhiiin (14 days ago)
It's even more sick when you learn that Scots chose the unicorn for their naitonal symbol because in the legends it is the only animal that can defeat a lion. And guess who's national animal is a lion? ;)
devon weber (14 days ago)
The guy with the cards is Rick from walking dead
devon weber (14 days ago)
He's American not Australian
Firehoof (15 days ago)
The United Kingdom is a country ffs 😒
Charles Saint (16 days ago)
I'm just a poor boy. Nobody loves me.
Sunny Kim (16 days ago)
So what actually ended up happening
Mark Kuiper (19 days ago)
Left wing fuck
Autumn (20 days ago)
This show is the single reason scotland stayed
FreeSpeech FreeSpeech. (20 days ago)
Reality check. 65 million live in the uk only 5 million in scotland....how the fuck do you expect to have equal say...jocks your not muslims mate you dont get preferential treatment just coz your a small section of britain.. the tail wagging the dog..get real.
Mjd3707 (20 days ago)
It was the Scots that needed the English to form the Union as they were having there own financial crisis
Danae (21 days ago)
i always thought haggis was stuffed into the bladder, though of course the stomach, being larger, makes more sense. greetings to scotland from the american branch of clan johnston. keep on kicking ass.
LiquidBread13 (21 days ago)
Kiss the unicorn
Zoe Kirk (23 days ago)
They should’ve done it!
Jeffrey Tan (26 days ago)
Get those Muslims out of Europe ! 3 of out 10 is a potential terrorists 9 out of 10 is a racist asshole
FyllingenOy (26 days ago)
I don't think John Oliver has ever read Harry Potter if he thinks that's an even remotely accurate description of the series.
TheOriginalDJarbiter (27 days ago)
Anime Girl (27 days ago)
A unicorn nice, we should have picked a pheonix.
SIOM (29 days ago)
This guy is absolutely brilliant!
Gail Wilcox (29 days ago)
i like haggis :)
ApoliJamie MMD (29 days ago)
Scotland: our national animal is a unicorn Wales: ours is a dragon England: ours is a Lion Northern Ireland: ours is..uh..
Dimitri Andreou (30 days ago)
Bob's your uncle
AManThatCantFly (1 month ago)
Pls Scotland dont go I would be very sad.
TheWizard (1 month ago)
the women in the commercial speaks a charakter in witcher 3. But i cant figure out which one ^^
some russian idiot (1 month ago)
I love this guy so f ing much
The Viewer (1 month ago)
As a Scot I find it really annoying that the flag is now so heavily linked to the Yes campaign that having one feels like a political statement.
USA: so.....Scotland is trying to leave you. But what about Wales UK: well you see Wales can die for all we care USA: why? UK: Wales doesn't have land in its name
Caution Classy1 (1 month ago)
Who cares. Liquidate youtube
Caution Classy1 (1 month ago)
Liquidate youtube!
Caution Classy1 (1 month ago)
You have no idea what youre doing. Liquidat.
Caution Classy1 (1 month ago)
I alreafy jave tje confessions of some bad people. Domt need youtube anymore
Raj Singh (1 month ago)
Can anyone explain what is difference between Britain UK England
The Viewer (1 month ago)
England; just the big one at the bottom, doesn't include Scotland, Wales or Norther Ireland. Britain; Scotland, England and Wales, just the ones that share land borders with each other. UK; Scotland England, Northern Island and Wales, all four of them together. I hope that helps.
Aidan Lindon (1 month ago)
Why would you think that the Euro is unstable?
Canzandridas Joe (1 month ago)
God I shouldn't binge watch like this but.... "David Cameron-" *His name is Jaaaaames Camerooooon...* ♪♫
Rainhard Ravenlaw (1 month ago)
Whenever I hear of Scotland and England fighting I have to think of the song "but I love both of you"
Michael Farrell (1 month ago)
Cameron calls 70% of Scots idiots and yet they still line up to lick Tory arse, Scotland has the most cowardly people of any nation
Michael Farrell (1 month ago)
Scotland.... a nation of cowards
aspince laframboise (1 month ago)
Cheap slur on Mel Gibson there johnny boy. You have demonstrated who or what your boss is eh... Ö
PyroJohn19 (1 month ago)
I really wish Scotland divorced the UK.
Jon dow (1 month ago)
Hay FuckFace Von Clownstick RELEASE ALL your FUCKING Tax Returns!! !!............ Ow & your here looks like a fucking used Merkin LOL!
vincentpol (1 month ago)
"Currently unstable Euro" Well, in 4 years it's worth a lot now. Should have made the switch already.
Wardhouse (1 month ago)
Poor Scotland.
James Rodriguez (1 month ago)
I come back for 10:49
Turquoise Snowflake (1 month ago)
Scotland: So after looking at the economic and political benefits and disadvantages to leaving, I have decided to stay as part of the united kingdom England: WONDERFUL! I'm glad you came to your senses! becoming independent can really be more of a burden than you would think, you would have to establish your own currency, not to mention the problems you would have when it would come to government and political issues just to make a statement. not 2 years later England: FUCK THE EU! It's taking British money and we would a crowd of morons for not becoming independent on our own terms and sticking it to those fat cats! Scotland: you wee shit
Unnatural09 (1 month ago)
Apparently the English hated the fact that Scotland loved fire water(original whiskey name) so they made gin extremely cheap one pint for one pence cheap. You finish the pint you get a bread of hay. Also whiskey tax is around 79 percent....
Paul da playful panda (1 month ago)
The dancing unicorn made my life significantly better
Mrpoker1963 Gaming (1 month ago)
Why dae people make fun of my country ps fuck aff
Siris (1 month ago)
I just want to know what was on the next card in his hand.
ElfHighMage (1 month ago)
"When you haven't been nice to someone for a thousand years, it's very difficult to suddenly start." Hmm, the United States could learn from this concerning all of the racism going on there.
samina yasmin (1 month ago)
Scotland ditches England and goes to Ireland Wales tells England that Scotland left the squad and England sobs while n Ireland Ireland and Scotland are the gang
Realist 1801 (1 month ago)
They keep marching in Glasgow but as salmond said it was a ‘once in a life vote’ . They voted to stay so that’s it end of.
Jackson Kipper (1 month ago)
1:45 Those swords are most definitely not wooden, those are steel blades. So it seems you’re still at the level of having full-blown Hema matches in order to cool your jets.
aljoe (1 month ago)
John, your just not funny. You over use the canned laugh and should consider going back wherever you came from.
Tiny mod (1 month ago)
Sooner jocks fuck off the better we never wanted union blame king James 6
Tiny mod (1 month ago)
Who is this wanker?
pantarhei (1 month ago)
Scotland is no more. English saw on Scottish oak. On Scottish neck an English yoke; English spoon to Scottish dish, And Scottland ruled as the English wish.
6:47 Oil you say, looks like Scotland needs some of that sweet sweet FREEDOM
SoulReaper (1 month ago)
If Scotland left would people from the UK be able to go to hogwarts?
llinkii (1 month ago)
7:52 Fun-Fact: If Kristen Wiig would be brunette, she also would be Scottish xD
ohsosmooth01 (1 month ago)
Solar power may not be an option, but fucking wind is!
Madhav Menon (1 month ago)
This was the reason Scotland stayed
Jonathan Greene (1 month ago)
So they voted no to independence, in the end. How have they felt since then?
Jacob Prim (1 month ago)
Grimace is just a man sized but plug...
Maria Giulia Rodriguez (1 month ago)
and this is how the future chance of independance for a country was ruined..
VIXZ777 MK99 (1 month ago)
I am from the future they didn't leave but the UK leave the EU lol
Henrique Segundo (1 month ago)
Well, it worked.
Jaffaborn (1 month ago)
There is a story why the thistle is Scotland’s national flower look it up
Tsai Chou Zhang (2 months ago)
Ron get to fuck Emma Watson, I'll say his brother died a worthy sacrifice.
Bergatrollet (2 months ago)
Is this video made for me to hate the english?
Abby Linville (2 months ago)
I feel like the most dangerous thing he’s ever done is make fun of Harry Potter.
Spyro Fan (2 months ago)
My countries national animal is a dragon so yeah..not jealous...little bit jealous of the thistle though
Max Townend-Vile (2 months ago)
well the uk is a country it's just made made up of smaller countries just like the austro-hungarian empire
Preston Dial (2 months ago)
Better together = stronger together
Major woody (2 months ago)
I like assholes.
Matthew Lynch (2 months ago)
The Irish support Scottish independence
Angel Frog30 (2 months ago)
I love that
Lloyd Benn (2 months ago)
I live in Cumbria ( a county in the uk that’s just south of Scotland) and I hate David Cameron but even then I still hate Scotland because it’s just a colder, hiller and fatter version of Cumbria.
Gaming Dead (2 months ago)
They gonna break up?
Krystle Leis (2 months ago)
In case anyone is wondering, that song was Scotland the Brave
grahamlive (2 months ago)
And we fuckin' shat it!
TJ Wells (1 month ago)
Can another referendum be held?
Jono Newman (2 months ago)
The UK is a country mate-quite literally!
Ethan (2 months ago)
Lol, of course Johnny boy can't hold his whisky XD
Marcy Murray (2 months ago)
Interdependence beats Dependence 100% of the time...so lead the way Scotland! They will cry and feel scared, then they will learn how to be JUST BE themselves again because of you.
Marcy Murray (2 months ago)
It’s phenomenal that Scott’s wanted the Unicorn. It’s brilliant, perfect, kind and powerful, otherworldly precious, full of great magic, just like Scotland is....such a great nation. I love their country almost as much as mine.
Gregsplays (2 months ago)
I bet you if Scotland could see the future, with a stable Euro and an unstable brexiting UK, they might have all said "run, just run, hell is real, run". Hell, I'm Cornish, and we're considering leaving
Gonzalo Rodriguez (2 months ago)
Scotland chose the unicorn because they eat lions in Greek mythology. Lions were historically England’s choice for their national animal as shown on the coat of arms.
Cat Gilfillan (2 months ago)
Well I love revisiting this. The disappointment of the indyref is almost a pleasant memory post brexit. That Euro promise was just a lie. Being dragged out the EU by English anti immigrant folk. Can't wait for next ref!
TJ Wells (1 month ago)
Could it go ahead without Westminster's involvement?

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