The weasel word "normally" is all it takes for the British political elite to retain the asserted authority to ignore and/or overrule the democratic will of Scotland's people as expressed by the Parliament elected by Scotland's people. Supposedly, this will only happen in exceptional circumstances. Who decides whether the circumstances are sufficiently exceptional? The British political elite, of course!
From the moment the EU referendum was called I tried to persuade people that they should be at least as concerned about the constitutional implications of what would come to be called 'Brexit' as with the economic consequences.
As ever, I take issue with the identification of British Nationalism exclusively with the Tories. As if British Labour and the token third party in British politics were any less insistent on the divinely ordained supremacy of the English parliament.
One would therefore be forgiven for supposing that he'd be aware that power is relative. What matters in the context of the constitutional issue is not the "sheer might" of the UK in relation to the rest of the world, but the power relationship between the British state and Scotland. From that perspective, the might of the Union is as sheer as it needs to be.
Keeping going is, it would seem, good advice so long as you don't keep going with the things that certain people would rather weren't kept going.
The point is that a mono-crisis breeds predictable offshoots of various sorts which pack the media and push everything else out of sight. Which may suit some people just fine.
What Mike Russell might have said was he under the influence of some magical truth potion is that the Scottish Government is delighted to have an excuse for ‘calling off’ a referendum that was never going to happen. His letter to Gove is a device to reinforce the message that it’s not the SNP administration’s … Continue reading Lies and scapegoats
We don't need belief. We don't need a faith position. We don't need mere fine words. What we need is a practical plan to achieve a positive outcome.
If there was to be a "Brexit Bounce" then it should have started to be apparent within days of the EU referendum as it became evident that Scotland's democratic will would be treated with customary contempt by the British political elite.
Until the day that Scotland's independence is restored we must proceed on the assumption that the entire apparatus of the British state is set on preventing that ever happening.