There is a sense in which the US, or anyone else, is perfectly justified in not taking the Scottish Parliament seriously. After all, from their perspective the people of Scotland voted for it to be less than a real parliament. By voting No in the first independence referendum, we chose to tell the world that Scotland is less than other nations. We chose to declare ourselves unfit and unworthy to be as other nations. We rejected the opportunity to normalise our constitutional status.
On Thursday 18 September 2014, the people of Scotland had a privilege almost unique in even the most perfect of democracies. For the 15 hours that the polls were open, we held in our hands absolute political power. For those few hours, the concept of popular sovereignty was made real and and effective. For that brief period, the people really did rule.
In the first independence referendum, we had that precious sovereign power in our hands and we had to decide whether to seize and keep it for this and all future generations of Scotland’s people, or to hand it back to the ruling elites if the British state. We chose the latter. We had the power to shape and define our nation, and we timidly, cravenly gave it away. We gave our sovereign power to those we know are not fit to exercise it.
Only the people of Scotland have the rightful authority to decide the powers of their parliament. We opted to shy away from that responsibility. We said that, rather than decide for ourselves, we’d prefer that a bunch of politicians at Westminster we didn’t even elect make the decisions for us.
Until we rectify that horrible mistake, do we really have any right to complain if the Americans don’t take us seriously?Views: 1957
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