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Prosperity to Scotland and no Union!

Dissolve the Union (Credit: Original artist unknown, sourced via Twitter)

May you live in interesting times” may or may not be an old Chinese curse, but the fact that we are currently living through the curse of interesting constitutional times is fairly self-evident. We can surely apply the ironic sense of interesting to the two major constitutional issues of today – the UK leaving the EU (or not?) and Scotland regaining its political independence after 300+ years of subjugation. It is certainly interesting that Scotland should be denied its democratic choice to remain in the EU because the UK Government has decided that England’s vote to leave takes priority. It is definitely interesting that an advisory referendum can be retrospectively interpreted to be both binding and a clear statement of the ‘will of the people’. And it is bafflingly interesting that, despite that advisory referendum being deemed to have been influenced illegally, the result can’t be nullified because the referendum wasn’t binding, even though the UK Government has subsequently, and unilaterally, decided to interpret it as such. Whit? So, just to be clear, if it had been declared ahead of time as binding then we would not currently be on the brink of economic and social catastrophe because it was illegal. But because it was advisory it can’t be challenged legally, and therefore it apparently doesn’t matter that the ‘victors’ cheated, we all just have to live with the consequences? Apparently so, and the entire 3-year (and counting!) farce demonstrates unequivocally that the democratic will of the Scottish electorate counts for absolutely hee-haw with our Westminster masters!

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