SOME OF US NEED TO GROW UP.
There is never been a political party where everybody can agree on everything. If you ever find someone who does, give them a wide berth because there is no brain inside their head. They are a machine.
So the ultra loyal fringe of any Party has to be treated with wariness at all times. My party right or wrong, is the road to nowhere, as the Labour Party finally discovered. I have always been able to debate strongly with opponents and remain friends. I recommend more people try it, it can be a lot of fun.
Of course people try to be loyal, that is the inbuilt advantage the establishment / leadership always start with in any debate. It is a big advantage and realistically it will only be on very rare occasions that they should lose an argument.
For them to lose they must needlessly abuse that advantage, presume or demand support unreasonably, take support for granted or worse of all, use and believe that Margaret Thatcher phrase “there is no alternative”. As long as democracy lives there will always be alternatives.
I fear we are getting near that stage in the Constitutional Debate. Earlier this week Nicola sailed the familiar one last push message on the ill fated and mythical voyage to a Section 30 order. It has been launched numerous times in the past, mandates have been secured, only to languish in the unused mandate cupboard at Party HQ.
For all the fanfare it was characteristically vague, no specific timetable, no explanation of what action if Westminster, as they have already publicly stated, just say no. Party loyalists argue “ah but this will be a different mandate” Really who said that? Do you really think it will change the position? No, majority support makes a section 30 order less likely, not more! We need to examine alternative routes. They are available.
So let’s go through this Section 30 argument. It is perfectly possible to use another democratic route to Independence, minus a Section 30 order. Go to Wikipedia, type in Independence Referendums and look at the long list of countries who went this route minus any approval of the countries they were seeking their Independence from.
Why do we need a referendum anyway? Many of the countries that make up the current EU became independent by a parliamentary vote, not a referendum.
No less a UK Premier than Margaret Thatcher stated Scotland would be Independent if we returned a majority of Scottish MP’s from Scotland who were SNP. For most of the long time I served on the NEC of the Party that was also SNP Party policy. You can thank the gradualists for changing it.
So what is the alternative? Here is one possible strategy
- Nicola sends an ultimatum to Boris stating that unless a Section 30 order is approved in sufficient time for an Independence Referendum to be held on the same day as the May 2021 elections, then the constituency vote in those elections will represent the substitute referendum where the Party winning the majority of seats wins a mandate for or against Independence.
- If Westminster want the decision based on votes rather than seats then they must pass the Section 30 order with all speed otherwise it will be seats that will be the determining factor.
- This ultimatum to be voted on by all members of the Scottish Parliament and Scots MP’s representing seats in Scotland to give it the maximum authority.
- Great efforts to be made in Scotland to attract international support for this democratic method of allowing our people the international rights of self determination.
- Requests are made to both the EU AND UN to send monitors to supervise the voting and counting processes.
- Much of this can happen before we exit the Single Market and will hopefully attract support amongst current EU members.
Did you see what I did there? I set out a plan. I laid out a timeframe and a structure. Now I am sure people can come up with a host of reasons why it can’t happen but they are going to have a problem with me.
You see I know a lot of people in a country where you got jailed for supporting Independence. A country much smaller, much poorer than Scotland, effectively cut off from the rest of the World.
Yet they are Independent, since 1991, their poverty is largely gone, they have the lowest debt in Europe and are now the most digitally advanced nation in Europe. They are represented at the UN, are full members of the EU and NATO yet before they voted for Independence had far fewer friends and allies than Scotland enjoys today.
You see they never saw themselves as being too small or too poor and when people told them “no you can’t”, they shouted back and meant it ”YES WE CAN”.
WE NEED TO DO THE SAME
I AM, AS ALWAYS
YOURS FOR SCOTLAND
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