Who is doing this ‘urging’? Who is echoing Sir Tom Hunter’s demand that Nicola Sturgeon ignore the voters and listen to him instead? Only others who are frantically trying to deny Scotland’s right of self-determination. Only British nationalists desperate to block the democratic process because they got the result they wanted.
And while we are at it, we might as well slap down another bit of nonsense being promulgated by the mainstream media. Namely, the notion that a second independence referendum is “linked to Brexit”. Let’s be perfectly clear about the fact that there was ALWAYS going to be another independence referendum. The imminent referendum is “linked” to Brexit only in the sense that this is the context in which it is happening. If it hadn’t been Brexit, it would have been something else.
There was always going to be ongoing demand for a referendum because the fight to restore Scotland’s rightful constitutional status is a matter of basic justice and fundamental democratic principle. The notion that the independence movement was going to evaporate in the wake of a No vote was never more than a comforting delusion embraced by British nationalists. Likewise the idea that support for the SNP – the de facto political arm of the independence movement – was going to collapse. Talk of ‘peak SNP’ is more fearfully anxious prayer than reasoned political analysis.
Independence is normal. It’s the anachronistic and dysfunctional union that’s anomalous. What Scotland’s civic nationalist movement demands is nothing more than the normalisation of the nation’s constitutional status. It is a matter of democratic justice.
Even if the No vote in the first referendum had not been won on a totally false prospectus, there was no way something approaching half the people of Scotland were simply going to abandon their aspirations and submit to the British state. There was never any possibility that people would meekly accept a situation in which the government Scotland elected is summarily overruled by a government Scotland rejected.
The right of self-determination is wholly vested in the people of Scotland, to be exercised entirely at their discretion. No politician, and certainly no mere businessman, has the authority to deny that right.
I would urge British politicians to listen to the people rather than narrow vested interests. But that’s not going to happen. It’s not the British way.Views: 1950
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