As Scottish nationalists come, I’m of a Jeffersonian inclination. Politically, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past”. To quote Thomas Jefferson again, “the earth belongs in usufruct to the living”. Change is within our power. We choose to tend our garden or to leave it to seed. We choose not to uproot the savage plants which an entanglement with the British state cultivates – its trident missiles, its misadventures and militarism, the foreign wars, the detention of children. We consent, we culpably submit, as the guilty shadows of these thorns stifle alternative political possibilities.
contributes to the atlas of despair written across Gordon Brown’s leathery phizog - ennui, weariness, inevitability. And Scottish Labour have the gall to beseech and lecture us, in the bowels of Christ, about how they are the only party concerned with 'fairness' and 'social justice'. Scotland
I’m not suggesting in any respect that the political tendencies of an independent
The document is not simply independence or bust. Rather, it provides the framework for the conduct of a referendum, giving the people their say on two proposals. Firstly, extension of the powers of Holyrood, shy of total independence. Secondly, the whole kit and caboodle. The consultation partly concerns how the first question should be framed - should it invite a public determination on some sort of "full devolution" - or alternatively, should the beloved Calman report be dusted off and submitted to popular acclamation (or declamation)? Moreover, in an echo of the voting which preceded the Scotland Act of 1998, the Government propose asking two down the line questions, to be resolved by simple majority - and proposes that the public should consider voting "yes/yes". The consultation period will run for 9 weeks. Here is Alex Salmond talking to the document last week. I commend the motion to the House!
By way of a wee amendment to this post, as well as having adjusted the foregoing text just a little since this morning, here is the man again, talking to the Referendum (Scotland) Bill at its launch earlier today...