Is there a more auspicious time than now to affix a declaration of Scottish independence upon the village marker post? The line of nations governed by Britain, small, medium and dominions, freed of British authority stretches around the globe; none quaked in fear and foreboding at the loss of Westminster rule. They are:
Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Ceylon, Cyprus, Dominic, Egypt, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Iraq – though they pretty well helped destroy Iraq since – Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka – deep breath – Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Phew! But not you, Scotland!
Return of a country by a colonial government to its indigenous population is always a slow and reluctant process. Unrest is met by ridicule, delay, token gestures of self-rule and finally a schedule of withdrawal, or if stubborn as hell, the usurper thrown out.
An England in crisis.
The English are in the throes of their own peculiar revolution. That is their right. They are welcome to whatever it is they feel better than what they have now. That right does not include subsuming Scotland into the perilous journey they have embarked upon.
Scotland, tired of a belligerent, unstable neighbour planting Union Jacks everywhere, is at the tipping point. An ugly side of England’s nature previously dormant is encouraged by its leaders as virtuous. Scotland has no choice but to halt the advance of unreason or be mired in it for years to come. Where we are is not a healthy or safe place to stay.
The myth that Scotland is wedded to a one-way union permanently is a monumental falsehood. All out-dated agreements are open to renegotiation, emendation or deletion, particularly when they have no defined life written into them.
What better course than to achieve full democracy by declaring independence, working with our neighbour to achieve that cherish ideal, fixed and irrevocable. No need to chuck chests of good tea into a harbour bay – let’s sit around a table and create a new order.
A DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE
The history of the relationship between Scotland and England is a history littered with the dominant nation’s repeated injuries, encroachments, infiltration, and seizures of assets and laws, alternating with promises made and promises broken, while Scots die for the warring causes of its neighbour in foreign lands Scotland did not want nor have dispute. All of this has the undesirable object of causing resentment to swell and create a tyranny over Scotland’s sovereignty, resources, and people.
To prove this, let facts be submitted to the court of the world.
Westminster rule imposes the following restrictions and controls over the sovereignty of Scotland:
It has stopped Scotland’s elected government from facilitating a Second Referendum, a legal and moral duty to give its populace the right to exercise free will in the matter of self-governance. By dissembling it delays democracy. The Scottish Government was given a clear mandate by the people to honour their trust in the event of a material alteration in the formal association with England, namely the forced removal of Scotland by England from the European Union.
By effectively annulling the right of the Scottish Parliament to remain a member of the European Union on its own terms, in association and friendship, Westminster has impoverished the people of Scotland in goods, exports and imports, fishing rights, exchange of research, medicines, medical equipment, security information, opportunities for employment and freedom of travel, but above all, in happiness.
It enacted the injustice of EVEL – ‘English votes for English laws’ – a Bill within the United Kingdom Parliament that is an umbrella institution not an English only parliament, but has rendered it so by this gross act and by the permanent number of English constituency members being far greater than Scottish Members.
It kept among us, in past times of peace, standing armies to quell dissent and without the consent of our legislatures, and in these times removed entire regiments to England leaving Scotland vulnerable to invasion by foreign forces including terrorists, or without a full domestic army to assist in times of national emergency, such as fire, floods, storm, avalanche, or other natural disasters.
It removed territorial waters of the North Sea and the oil riches beneath from the ownership and jurisdiction of Scotland, effectively plundering our seas and used the profits almost exclusively to benefit England’s needs and political objectives. Scotland is the poorer losing billions of pounds sterling annually that were surely its to spend for the benefit of its people.
It established a Supreme Court that usurps the Law Of Scotland in most regards, a court contrary to the sacrosanct laws of Scotland, protected in the Acts of Union but now overruled, a judiciary that was once the absolute law in the land. And it has removed access to the European Court of Justice, and absolved itself of the Council of Human Rights to such a degree it can do as it pleases without sanction by international law.
It withholds any number of laws and regulations as ‘reserved matters’ that should be the right of Representation in the Scottish Legislature, a right inestimable to the population, powers that are generally held paramount and protected for the proper governance of a kingdom.
It prevents Scotland from holding laws that welcome the naturalization of foreigners who wish to live and work in Scotland; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations here, and forceably repatriate citizens who have been domiciled in Scotland for many years, contributing to their community and to the general economy, removing them from family and friends without mercy.
It retains taxes of all sorts and profits from Scottish enterprises, goods and exports to spend on England’s own infrastructure and projects and gives back only a small percentage as an annual allowance. This robbery includes the taxes raised for a national broadcaster that spends three-quarters of its Scottish fees outside Scotland and not on Scottish licence holders. Scotland is unable to redress the balance because of its minimal representation.
It general it has made English power independent and superior to Scotland’s civil powers such the imposition of taxes without Scotland’s consent, including the Poll Tax and the Bedroom tax, leaving Scotland to mitigate those impositions by its own limited means.
It has attacked the very foundation of the Welfare State by removing great parts of it in England to be sold to private companies and services, and in so doing, opening Scotland to aggressive infiltration by those same profiteers, leaving the sick, the vulnerable, the old and the unemployed to the vestiges of fate.
It has activated insurrections amongst us in the form of groups of peoples wholly antagonistic to full democracy, motivated to limit or halt civil and constitutional progress. This affront to Scotland’s political ambitions is augmented by funding and supporting political parties that wish to see Scotland remain subservient and servile to England’s power.
It has used Scotland’s taxes and inventions for the development and procurement of lethal weapons to kill and murder innocents of other lands with impunity, contrary to the humanity and tolerance of the Scottish population and laws governing human rights. It resides weapons of mass destruction in Scottish waters and on Scottish soil that are unwanted by a large portion of the populace. In addition, it has transported armies of soldiers and bomber planes, drones and foreign mercenaries to carry out the command of barbarous acts and death and desolation against our brethren, totally unworthy of a civilized nation.
It appoints to Westminster’s Second House, the House of Lords, people from various walks of life and political parties not of Scottish loyalty, to govern the laws that affect Scotland and its people yet each unelected by the people. And in so doing, and by withdrawal from agreed European Law, both Houses have taken unto themselves the right of veto over all Scottish laws and progress.
We the undersigned agree that this situation is intolerable and oppressive. Time and time again our representatives have appealed to England’s magnanimity to no effect, they remaining deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We wish to become a free state once more, as other free states that have full power to contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do the things which independent states are free to do.
We state here and now that England is unfit to govern Scotland. We wish to absolve ourselves of loyalty to the decrepit Treaty of Union and the fractured United Kingdom, and to exercise the right to negotiate with England a new and better accord, a relationship embodies honour, equality and mutual respect.