It is important to note that nothing has changed. It was ever thus. The UK Supreme Court’s decision alters nothing. It merely confirms, very emphatically and very publicly, the only status that Scotland can possibly have in a political union specifically and purposefully contrived to ensure, in perpetuity, the superiority of the Westminster parliament, and thereby guarantee the position of the ruling elites.
That, originally, the ruling elites were predominantly English is of no relevance. The identities change over time. As do the details of constitutional arrangements. What abides are the structures of power, privilege and patronage. The UK Supreme Court ruling on the Sewel Convention is significant mainly for the fact that it could not have gone any other way. In part because of the way the devolution legislation is written. But also because the crucial ide of the Crown in Parliament would otherwise be compromised.
The concept of parliamentary sovereignty underpins the whole edifice of the British state. The doggedness of the British establishment’s defence of the status quo and the unprincipled viciousness of its onslaught against the SNP is understandable only as a response to a perceived existential threat.
Comprehending the true nature of the British state, we must accept that Scotland will always be regarded as inferior within the union. The casual disdain that once was the accustomed background to all our dealings has transformed to bitter contempt in reaction to the wave of democratic dissent risen in Scotland.
The union, being a contrivance of overweening power with no regard for present practicalities or future consequences, was fatally flawed from its inception and could only survive so long as it was not scrutinised. It is now subject to intense and constant scrutiny.
Independence is inevitable because any constitutional settlement which succeeds in terms of the aims and objectives of the British state necessarily fails in terms of the needs, aspirations and priorities of Scotland’s people.
Independence will not be granted, however. Because the granting of it would surely topple those structures of power, privilege and patronage. Independence must be taken. It must be wrenched from the desperate grasp of jealous Britannia. It must be fought for. To emerge victorious from that fight we must be prepared to match and surpass the efforts of a cornered, battle-hardened beast.
This too is not new. It also was ever thus. The possibility of an amicable redefining of Scotland’s relationship with England that was always the hope of the Yes movement has been squandered by the stunning stupidity of an arrogant British political elite. And by the ill-informed timidity of so many who voted No in 2014. Scotland must now look to its own interests. Scotland can no more achieve a ‘soft’ parting from the UK than the UK can enjoy a ‘soft’ exit from the EU.
The people of Scotland must now choose between a British state that is inherently incapable of treating our nation with respect and structurally incompetent to represent our interests in the world, and the honest, worthy act of normalising our nation’s constitutional status and bringing our government home.
We must choose between a sneeringly dismissive No! to our democratic choices and preferences, and a joyfully sensible Yes! to our hopes and potential.Views: 4750
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