While I am surprised by neither I am less irked by the British establishment's effort to forge new shackles for Scotland than by the posturing indignation of SNP and SGP politicians (Plan to give unelected Lords greater powers over Holyrood bills draws ire). The expressions of shocked outrage at something so readily foreseen is as … Continue reading Must the show go on and on and…?
Christian Matheson MP (British Labour) was right when he points out that what matters here is the fact that it was SNP politicians who used used the phrase. He wasn't right in the way he thought when he leapt to the aid of his fellow British Nationalists on the Tory benches. But there is an accidental truth in his remark. Not that it was the SNP that said it. But that this is what matters.
Mr Russell is correct about the British government denying the people of Scotland our "basic democratic rights". But it is Section 30 of the Scotland Act which legitimises this denial with authority derived from the Union. He is correct when he observes that this denial of our right of self-determination is "illegal under international law". But Section 30 makes it legal under British law. NICOLA STURGEON SAYS THAT SECTION 30 IS THE ONLY PROCESS WHICH IS "LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL"
Ask yourself why Boris Johnson would be considering reform. Ask yourself whether it is in his interests to lessen scrutiny and remove checks on the power of the executive. The power of the British Prime Minister. His power.
We must campaign against the Union because the Union denies the people of Scotland the full and effective exercise of the sovereignty which is ours by absolute right. It really is as simple as that.
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.
The reasons for hiding something are not necessarily connected to the nature of the thing being hidden in any direct or obvious way. The act of hiding may be more significant than what is being hidden. It is certainly worth exploring what the motives may be.
There are few enough certainties in politics that we would be wise to anchor our thinking in the ones that we have. One such certainty is that Scotland's independence cannot be restored whilst adhering to the laws, rules and procedures which have been put in place to protect and preserve the Union.
It is a regrettable fact of life that before commenting on anything in the British media one must first check for accuracy. Standards of journalism are so abysmally low that factual errors are common. This article in the Sunday Herald, for example, refers to Kirsty Blackman MP as "the SNP's deputy leader". She is, in … Continue reading It’s just a game