Nicola Sturgeon gets to the heart of the matter when she says that the question facing Scotland is not just about what kind of country we want Scotland to be but, more fundamentally, it’s about who decides what kind of country Scotland is. This is politics. This is about power. It is about where power lies. It is about who holds and exercises power.
For the fifteen hours that the polls were open on Thursday 18 September 2014 power lay in the hands of the people of Scotland. The choice facing us was both simple and profound. We held in our hands the power to decide our nation’s future. We had to decide whether to keep that power to ourselves, or hand it back to the ruling elites of the British state. As a nation, we chose the latter. We chose to forfeit the prize of true democratic power. We elected to give that power away. We opted to relinquish the capacity to shape our nation according to our own needs, priorities and aspirations.
We decided to give the power that is rightfully ours to those who were bound to abuse it. We knew that they would abuse that power. We had every reason to be aware that they would abuse that power. The entire history of the British state warned us that the power we were letting go would be abused. The political union itself stands as an illustration of how that power is abused. And yet, as a nation, we chose to put our faith in this corrupt system and dysfunctional union rather than take responsibility for shaping our own future.
As Theresa May and her British nationalist clique drag Scotland over the edge and into a very murky abyss, bear in mind that we are getting what we voted for. The 55% who voted No on Thursday 18 September 2014 chose this. And the 45% who voted Yes failed to prevent their folly.
But we still have a functioning democracy. Ultimate power remains with the people of Scotland; even if proximate power has been handed to a British state that is increasingly alien and incapable of respecting Scotland’s distinctive political culture, far less representing or even accommodating the interests of our nation and people.
Only the people of Scotland have the rightful authority to determine and constrain the powers of the Scottish Parliament. We need to seize back that power which we so tragically let go in 2014. It is rightfully ours. It has always been rightfully ours. The fact that we allowed that power to be usurped changes nothing. It is ours. We must take hold of it and exercise it in the interests of our nation. We cannot let the mistake we made in 2014 be our legacy to future generations.
We cannot accept that the nation we bequeath to our children should be defined by the ghastly British nationalist ideology that Theresa May represents.
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