It is a happy coincidence that I set off today on a wee speaking tour just as the SNP administration sets about proving the legislative process by which Scotland will be extricated from the Union. For, make no mistake, that is what is happening in the Scottish Parliament right now. The Scottish Government’s Continuity Bill is important in its own right. As Mike Russell put it,
It is simply not acceptable for Westminster to unilaterally re-write the devolution settlement and impose UK-wide frameworks in devolved areas without our consent.
This may be read as relating specifically to the situation thrown up by the Brexit fiasco. But the obvious, unavoidable, undeniable corollary is that the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government must address, as a matter of urgency, the underlying constitutional anomalies behind the threat to Scotland’s democracy that he describes. If the British political elite can do this, what else might they do?
Our elected representatives would be derelict in their duty if they failed to take a stand in defence of Scotland’s democratic institutions. They deserve the active and vocal support of every person, in Scotland and elsewhere, who values the principles of democracy.
On a personal note, it’s only to be expected that my travelling will interfere with my blogging, at least to some extent. But I am aware that people in the Yes movement are keen to know what’s going on across the country. I’ll do my best to report from all the places I’ll be visiting over the next few weeks. Let’s keep in touch.
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