THE Scottish Parliament can hold a referendum on “whatever it likes”, a previously secret UK Government email has revealed.The National: Holyrood can hold referendum on ‘whatever it likes’, secret UK Government email says
The Scottish Parliament cannot be assumed to have the competence to hold a constitutional referendum unless and until that competence is asserted by the Scottish Parliament. Old emails won’t decide the matter and neither will any amount of opinion and advice from any number of experts. Power is not given. Power is only ever taken.
That the Scottish Parliament has the rightful authority to hold a constitutional referendum is beyond doubt. Holyrood’s democratic legitimacy is not in question. But there is a difference between having rightful authority and the exercise of that authority. What connects the two is power.
The people of Scotland are sovereign. We have the rightful authority to decide the constitutional status of our nation and to choose the form of government which we deem to most adequately accord with the needs, priorities and aspirations of Scotland’s people. We have the rightful authority. But we are unable to exercise that authority because the Union prevents us doing so. The Union denies our sovereignty. The Union presumes to supercede our rightful authority. The Union presumes to remove from the people of Scotland our status as the ultimate arbiters of legitimate political authority in Scotland and bestow that status instead on a parliament (in effect, the executive arm of government) in another country in which the people of Scotland have no more than token representation.
This situation will persist and worsen until the people of Scotland assert our rightful status. We will be subject to ever greater constraints on our democratic agency as the British ruling elite seeks to preserve the Union and thereby the integrity of the structures of power, privilege and patronage which constitute the British state. The Union must be dissolved if Scotland’s democracy and distinctive identity as a nation are to be saved.
The Scottish Government must assert the full and comprehensive competence of the Scottish Parliament on the basis of its democratic legitimacy and the sovereignty of Scotland’s people. That this will occasion confrontation with the British political elite cannot be permitted to deter or delay this essential action.
No more vacillation! No more procrastination! No more excuses! No more compromises which validate the very illegitimate power that must be rejected if Scotland’s independence is to be restored by a democratic process! It is time to rectify the ancient injustice of the Union. It is time to #DissolveTheUnion. It is time to restore Scotland’s independence. It is time!
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