FFS Let’s have a referendum!

The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this. We have all of the power we need to stop this. Where you ask? Look in the mirror. We are a sovereign people.

The Sewel Convention commonly known as ‘legislative consent’ provides that the UK Parliament may not legislate for devolved matters without the consent of the devolved legislature affected although Westminster still claims sovereignty over the devolved parliaments but as I say the Scottish people are sovereign and we can choose to detach ourselves from this failing union.

As an aside it was the same Sewel the legislation is named after that was later caught on camera snorting white powder in an orange bra with prostitutes. This is the people we allow as under secretary of state for Scotland and wield power over us. The UK Government has put through amendments to their EU Withdrawal Bill that effectively say even a straight refusal of consent by the Scottish Parliament would make no difference to the UK Parliament legislating in devolved areas. Feel the love Scotland.

In other words:

  • If we say yes we consent
  • If we say no we consent
  • If we refuse to answer we consent

This is about as far from democracy as it gets and runs a coach and horses through the principles of legislative consent, the Scotland Act and therefore the integrity of the Scottish Parliament whose views become legally irrelevant in this so called union of equals. It’s a very odd situation indeed that UK Gov is asking for agreement on a Bill while telling you all answers you give including silence means you agree.

Oceania has nothing on the UK

Apparently to Orwell’s “War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength” we can now add, “Consent is Consent; Refusal is Consent; Silence is Consent”. There’s never been a more blatant example of how powerless Scotland is as part of the UK and how the UK think nothing of treating us with total contempt. Refusal to consent is now legally consenting. Is this what No voters thought they were voting for in 2014?

The Welsh assembly under Labour has embarrassingly capitulated and given their consent. Perhaps not a surprise given they’re a unionist party and Wales voted for Brexit. The Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood who is the one actually fighting for the interests of Wales as a priority accused the Welsh Government of “selling Wales down the river”. It’s hard to disagree with that. The Welsh government claim to be ‘locking powers in’ but this is fantasy if you’re literally voting to make yourself powerless, irrelevant and easily bypassed.

Meanwhile Richard Leonard of the Scottish Labour but really London Labour Puppet Party ignores the constitutional crisis going on around him and turns a blind eye to Holyrood being under attack and asks a question about ambulance services during FMQs. Is this wilful ignorance or merely ineptitude? You decide.

Nicola Sturgeon made the point that Westminster will consider it has the consent of the Scottish Parliament if the Scottish Parliament objects or if it says nothing. In other words, consent will be assumed *regardless* of what the Scottish Parliament says. The First Minister added,

“If we are the last party to stand up for this Parliament then that is exactly what we will do”.

One partner in a relationship carrying on with a course of action affecting their partner but without their consent is commonly known as abuse. How can that be acceptable? How many more warnings do we need that we are being stripped of power and our wishes ignored? A referendum must be announced post haste before we have nothing left but the regret of what could have been and that referendum should be as in advance of March 29th 2019 as is feasible.

The chances are future circumstances will be less optimal due to a continuing power grab. FFS, let’s just have the referendum.

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  1. Nicola has already told us that indyref2 is likely to be called once the terms of the disastrous Brexit are known & assessed. This is likely to be between Autumn 2018/Spring 2019 so we dont have long to wait. The time between now & then should be used as a time of preparation, of canvassing voters, of uniting the “Yes” Movement into an unstoppable force.

    1. I wonder if the plan is to stick with that timeline John – I’m sceptical given the negative noises coming from some and the silence from others. There’s no one actually talking about that window within the SNP hierarchy. Ever since the snap election result confidence has dissipated. For example it’s now over a year since the Scottish Parliament sent a Section 30 request stating the intention to arrange the second referendum. That letter has gone unanswered and clearly the SNP have not been pushing for a reply. This is a mistake on several fronts. Momentum is being lost, confusion reigns and we are putting the Scottish Parliament and devolution at risk. If a Section 30 is to be refused at least push for the answer! That way we can get on with the Supreme court challenge. This helps us to work within an important time frame and also will have a galvanising effect on independence supporters. With something as fundamentally important as that to focus on support will also grow.

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