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James Hirsen: Celebrities Can Influence 16-year-old Scots

By    |   Thursday, 18 September 2014 02:52 PM

Scottish and English celebrities alike are speaking out about the Scottish Independence vote because they have clout and they can help influence the young 16-year-old voters, says the author of the Left Coast Report, James Hirsen.

"Celebrities get involved because they do have clout," Hirsen told John Bachman and Francesca Page on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Thursday.

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Also, "16-year-olds [are allowed] to vote and young people are greatly influenced by celebrities, even Sean Connery," he said.

The Newsmax columnist explained that "it's the actors versus the rockers."

"We have Gerard Butler and Sean Connery on one side, the actors who are for independence, and we've got the famous rocker legends Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, and David Bowie against the referendum, trying to maintain unification," he said.

Hirsen also contends that "Hollywood has set up the imagery" in favor of Scottish independence.

"The most famous movie about historical Scotland is Mel Gibson's 'Braveheart,' which showed these freedom loving Scots . . . fighting for liberty and freedom," he explained.

"It leads a lot of Americans who are watching to think, 'Well, these Scots are kind of like rural America they tend to be right of center,' but nothing could be further from the truth," he said.

"Scotland, as a whole, is left of center, a very big voting block for the Labor Party, and if they left, what we know as the United Kingdom, that government would shift far to the right," he explained.

"This has political ramifications that are very different than what the public expects."

Hirsen predicts that most likely Scotland will vote against leaving Great Britain, but that he personally has "mixed emotions."

"As an American, the idea of a country splitting off from Great Britain, that's a very familiar notion," he said.


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Scottish and English celebrities alike are speaking out about the Scottish Independence vote because they have clout and they can help influence the young 16-year-old voters, says the author of the Left Coast Report, James Hirsen.
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