It was always to be expected that the UK Supreme Court would issue a finding on the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill which maintained the court’s cherished appearance of political neutrality by allowing both sides to claim at least partial victory. More ‘fudgement’ than a judgement.
The outcome merely underlines something else that has always been clear to those who appreciate the true nature of the British state. Namely, that Scotland’s democratic institutions, its political culture, its economic prosperity and the needs, priorities and aspirations of its people will always be subsidiarity to even the most trivial of the British state’s interests.
Scotland within the UK may have a Parliament and a Government only so long as these remain subject to the whims of Westminster.
Scotland within the UK may choose its own path only on condition that this path does not diverge meaningfully from that chosen for us by the British ruling elites.
Scotland within the UK may prosper only so long as it is understood that the British state retains an unchallengeable claim on all of Scotland’s resources and all of Scotland’s wealth.
Scotland’s people may be allowed to suppose that their needs are being addressed, their priorities served and their aspirations respected only insofar as this serves to prevent us realising that, within the UK, we will never be permitted the full and effective exercise of our sovereignty.
Within the UK, Scotland must always be less. Less democratic. Less distinctive. Less prosperous. Less than a nation.
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