British baby joy and Scottish #indyref
In happy news from across the pond, BBC trumpets that the Duchess of Cambridge is once again pregnant (10,485 shares). "#RoyalBaby cometh...and twitter has not gone into total meltdown. lots of time left for that!" The Guardian Weekly's Abby Deveney predicts. This second baby is destined to stand fourth in line to the British throne, right behind 13-month-old princelet George. For a second time, William and Kate were compelled to spill the beans early--before the 12-week milestone--because the mother-to-be is suffering from "an acute form of morning sickness." NBC News also had that story also had that story (13,051 shares), as did CBS News (6,126 shares). On the Prince of Wales' official web site, the announcement read, "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news. As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace." (2,799 shares) "Who said #indyref is the only story in town?" asks Louise Lucas at the Financial Times.
Still, not everyone had that reaction. "A famous person is pregnant. In other news, an entire nation is debating its future," BBC's Dominic Casciani reminds everyone. That's right: Scotland holds its referendum next week on whether to leave the UK. Support for independence seems to have surged recently, as proponents have diminished public fear of economic risks. And that's prompted New York Times' Paul Krugman to ask, "Scots, What the Heck?" (15,107 shares). "Well, I have a message for the Scots: Be afraid, be very afraid," Krugman writes. "The risks of going it alone are huge. You may think that Scotland can become another Canada, but it’s all too likely that it would end up becoming Spain without the sunshine." But Telegraph's Tom Chivers argues, "That Tory stooge @NYTimeskrugman is scaremongering about Scotland's glorious independent future."