There is a distinct and growing sense that the Scottish Government is holding back. That they are straining every sinew to avoid declaring another independence referendum because the time is not yet quite right. There are a couple of things to be done first. One or two pieces have still to be put in place. But the atmosphere of impatience is palpable.
One of those pieces is the memorandum, announced by Mike Weir, that will set out the implications for devolved matters and the powers of the Parliament and Scottish ministers of the UK Government’s Brexit ‘plan’. This is necessary in the same way as publication of the the Scottish Government’s own Brexit demands was necessary. And for a similar reason. It is only be making these things public; by spelling them out in detail, that it will be made clear to all but the most terminally blinkered just how deplorably the British state is behaving towards the devolved administrations.
It is not sufficient to simply state that Scotland is being dragged out of the EU against the democratically expressed will of the electorate. Everybody knows that already. Unionists are defined by the fact that they are happy to accept a situation in which the government Scotland elected is overruled by a government Scotland rejected. It is an essential part of British nationalist ideology that democracy is only to be respected when it serves the interests of the British state.
People have to know more. Politically engaged and informed voters are not content to accept capsule pronouncements from politicians that reduce large and complex issues to mere slogans. People in Scotland want to know just what the implications are of what the British state is doing. They insist on being told exactly how their country is going to be affected by the actions of a right wing regime in London.
They demand to know, not just that the Sewel Convention is yet another British lie, but what the impact of that lie is.
The Scottish Government’s Brexit demands were presented precisely so that they could be peremptorily rejected by the British government. And so that people could witness this rejection. The Scottish Government’s appeal to the UK Supreme court was lodged in the knowledge that it would be dismissed. But people had to see it being dismissed in order that the lies about putting the Sewel Convention on a ‘statutory footing’ might be fully exposed.
Likewise, the Scottish Government must set out in detail the consequences for Scotland’s democracy of the British state’s audacious duplicity in the matter of the Sewel Convention. People have to see the true nature of the political union and what it means for Scotland.
For the SNP administration to forego these opportunities to inform the people of Scotland about their subordinate status within the UK would be a dereliction of its responsibilities. That is why Nicola Sturgeon must hold off from confirming #indyref2 until these opportunities have been fully exploited. It’s all about stocking up ammunition for the coming campaign.
The First Minister is cleverly encouraging Theresa May to provide open-minded No voters with a catalogue of reasons for starting their journey to Yes.Views: 3754
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