With respect, First Minister, you DO have the power to close Scotland’s border. Or, to be more precise, you have the authority. The rightful authority. The authority which derives from democratic legitimacy. You have the only authority you need. The only authority that matters. The ultimate authority. The authority of the people. You hold a mandate from the sovereign people of Scotland, the only source of all legitimate political authority.
Possessing that mandate; being endowed with that authority, there can be only one reason that you might not have the power to close Scotland’s borders and that is that you have declined or failed to take that power. For power is never given, First Minister. Real power is only ever taken. Power that is given is but a pretence of power because the acts of granting and accepting necessarily imply a relationship of superior and inferior authority respectively. A relationship which denies power.
Permission is not power, First Minister. By seeking permission rather than taking power you disrespect and diminish the mandate afforded you by the people of Scotland. With respect, First Minister, I would strongly advise against that.
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