Sydney, Australia(but my heart is back in Dorset.)
03-24-17 @ 06:15 AM
Re: Myopic Scottish National Party
Originally Posted by Ben K.
They're not really the same, and no amount of questionable stats and graphs change the reality.
Scotland needs permission from Westminster to hold an independence referendum. The United Kingdom didn't need permission from Brussels to do theirs.
What you are alluding to is the fact of de jure sovereignty held by the British parliament. I recognise this (although technically, the Westminster parliament includes the Scottish MPs and governs for the whole British nation). I even alluded to it. But, as someone who still believes in the nation-state, the fact we possess de jure sovereignty and some control over ourselves is hardly much of a comforting thought - that we have lost so much sovereignty and control, without it even being transparently declared, is the disgrace.
"It is written in the eternal constitution that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." - Edmund Burke