I doubt that many outside the ranks of irredeemable and irremediable Tory loyalists would take exception to anything in Sturgeons catalogue of demands. But are they attainable? Are they deliverable? How might British Labour respond were they to be handed this list in the course of post-election haggling among the parties at Westminster?
While there has been no mention of a "UK-wide common framework" for health services we would anticipate that any proposals of this nature would be kept under very tight wraps.
What Nicola Sturgeon doesn't seem to be aware of is that British Labour is no more likely to accede to her demand for a Section 30 order than it is to revoke Article 50 or dismantle the British state's nuclear deterrent. All of these belong on the same list as Nigel Farage's image appearing on a commemorative €100 note - the list of things that just aren't going to happen.
However hard Ian Blackford tries to persuade himself, and us, that democracy must surely prevail, we cannot long avoid the reality that Carlaw's ignorant, arrogant bluster represents the true attitude of the British establishment. And that includes Jeremy Corbyn
If people are confused it can only be because they're making the two-fold error of listening to what Corbyn and other British Labour mouthpieces say and supposing these utterances should be taken seriously. They hear the inconsistencies and contradictions and strive to figure what is true. The reality is very simple. None of it is true!
Scotland's political leaders evidently lack the grit and the gmption to challenge the asserted authority of the British state.
The people have already demonstrated their desire for a referendum. The Scottish Government has a 'triple-locked' mandate. What is it about another mandate which makes the British political elite's opposition unsustainable? They've been sustaining that opposition rather well up to now. What is it about yet another SNP election victory that is going to change their attitude? The First Minister declines to explain. So we are left with empty rhetoric.
I note both Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg claiming that the people of the UK are sovereign. Corbyn refers to "the people in whom the sovereignty rests", while Rees-Mogg appears to acknowledge the people as the source of all legitimate political authority when he say "sovereignty comes from the people to parliament". This is interesting … Continue reading No Damascene conversion
It never ceases to amaze me how easily those who profess themselves on the independence-supporting left of Scotland's politics succumb to the inexplicable allure of British Labour.
Where stands Scotland in all of this? We stand trapped in a web inside a web - the web of the Union.