It is official. The construct which is the United Kingdom is eating itself from the inside out.
It’s difficult to even try to be whimsical, and it would be inappropriately unkind to take any form of wry satisfaction in being able to say that the fine folk of England may have learned a wee bit over the last few days about how it feels to be Scottish, when it comes to politics, as the veil of the pretence of democracy in Britain slips completely away, falling uselessly into the gutter,to be replaced by the fluttering symbols of increasingly further right-wing English nationalism.
It is no accident that that the country that John Bright once described thus “England is the Mother of Parliaments” does not have a codified Constitution, leaning instead on the passage of law through changing times, tradition, ritual and political convention.
This arrangement has helped to allow those with the power within the established order to continue to accumulate vast wealth and influence whilst giving the rest of us some sort of belief, mistaken as it is, that we live in a democracy where we are all equal, have rights, and a say in major decisions that impact our society, via the ballot box.
Whomever it is that Boris Johnson is the front man for, has just made a massive mistake by revealing to the people of the British Isles the true picture. The perceived convention of left versus right acting as political counterweights, pulling each other back towards the central ground, disavowing extremism, has blown away. Democracy does not matter, is being denied a voice, and this will not end well.
The government of the independent Scotland-in-waiting must now act. Signing petitions is pointless. A government in London which is prepared to shut down its parliament to stop the majority of its members, representing the majority of voters, from putting an end to potentially the most financially, economically, culturally and socially damaging political step taken by a western country since WW2, is not going to grant a section 30 order (Scotland Act 1998) to allow a referendum in Scotland on self-government, no matter how politely you ask them, or how many cast iron democratic mandates you have to hold such a referendum.
However a request must formally be made, and this time with a required timescale for response attached, unlike last time when Theresa May simply, and arrogantly, ignored and then dismissed the request out of hand.
When the inevitable refusal arrives, via a boyish buffoon-like statement from Johnson or a nervy twitchy sound bite from the new Viceroy, who has started as he means to go on by comparing at least half of the population of Scotland to fascists, (I never thought I would compare David Mundell favourably to someone but even he never had the nerve or the inclination to insult his fellow Scots in such a way) the road ahead is clear.
There is a General Election coming, and it is coming very soon, as sure as day follows night. Amidst the massive turmoil of Brexit, and the breakdown of democracy at Westminster the party of Scotland’s government must make their campaign about one issue, and one issue alone, self-government,and the significant benefits of being an independent outward looking, citizen focused social democratic country.
The eyes of the people of Scotland are now fully opened. The lights are coming on all over our country. No amount of British state biased propaganda will change that. We’ve heard it all before. We are sick of being lied to, manipulated and belittled. There is a change coming and I trust in those people to make the right decision, the best decision as an electorate that they will ever make.