BUILD THE DEFENCE, THEN ATTACK!
A guest comment from regular contributor Breeks. I think the problem in Scotland isn’t acceptance of sovereignty, our detractors will always find something to gripe about, but the mechanism through which we can empower ourselves. The Constitutional arguments in my opinion are adequately persuasive and robust, the provenance is very well documented, and Scotland’s statusContinue reading "BUILD THE DEFENCE, THEN ATTACK!"
A guest comment from regular contributor Breeks.
I think the problem in Scotland isn’t acceptance of sovereignty, our detractors will always find something to gripe about, but the mechanism through which we can empower ourselves.
The Constitutional arguments in my opinion are adequately persuasive and robust, the provenance is very well documented, and Scotland’s status as a Nation is undeniable. Our case is proven. I passed Sara Salyers on the march last weekend, and I really wish I’d stopped to shake her hand for all she’s done, because she is on the money. We need an alternative voice, a voice that is NOT of the system, but OUTSIDE the system.
The missing component is the linkage… the protocol which connects the sovereign people with their sovereign rights. We have lost our understanding of how to mobilise ourselves and defend Scotland from colonial encroachment upon our rights. These days we Scots seem uncomfortable about giving ourselves a voice outside the constraints of Westminster or Westminster’s parliamentary system.
It pains me to say it, but we are conflicted between a belief that we are constitutionally sovereign and a delusion that Westminster’s UK protocols are legitimate. There is an inherent contradiction to this.
If we are using Westminster democracy or Unionist protocols, (by that I mean Westminster or Holyrood elections, or the whole Section 30 Scotland Act malarkey), we are already misunderstanding what our Scottish sovereignty means.
The problem is, we cannot seem to step away from the UK styled protocols, because so far, we have no Scottish protocols to fill the void. Straight away, we run aground. If we do set up a Convention of the Estates, then how do we decide who sits on it? Errr, em, I err, .. Not sure. This all needs codified and adopted by the people… THEN we’re in business.
We NEED a Convention of the Estates, with it’s own codified constitution, in other words, Scotland’s own version of the Scotland Act; the written, codified principles and protocols of Scotland’s sovereign government in waiting.
But unlike the Scotland Act, which enshrines the power of Westminster, we need a superior mechanism to recognise and enshrine the ascendancy of Scotland’s sovereign people. Legitimacy for it can NEVER come from Westminster. It must be a Scottish initiative given it’s potency through International recognition.
Lastly on the subject, I think there is another misunderstanding.
Even if Scotland DIDN’T have it’s sovereign constitution, nor 1000 years of Scottish history as an established Nation, Scotland’s people would nevertheless have the right under UN Human Rights legislation to elect our own Government. Scotland would have rights from a standing start.
But this Scotland of ours is an ancient beast. We are blessed with start point which is vastly more advanced. We are not required to establish our Nation from a standing start, because our rights and integrity, our recognised Declaration of Arbroath, our 1328 Edinburgh / Northampton Treaty, our Claim of Right, are ALREADY established under International Law.
Both our London Government and London King are obliged to watch their step and tread lightly when it comes to Scotland’s ancient lore and constitution, but what has emboldened them these recent few decades, is the realisation that Scotland has no mechanism to Police it’s ancient rights. Scotland is currently defenceless.
“THAT” is the mechanism, the defence, we desperately need to resurrect.
Breeks regularly posts excellent comments. He has a good vision about what is needed to move Independence forward, would that more of our elected representatives shared his outlook and ambition for our country.
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