The outcome of the Scottish Referendum is reverberating far and wide
1) Mike Sagar-Fenton appears to agree with our conclusions in
as he wonders if life would have been easier if Scots had voted YES.
2) Labour peer Lord Glasman said Mr Brown’s promise of “a modern form of Scottish home rule” during the final days of the referendum campaign “was incompatible with being part of the United Kingdom”.
“What we’ve done is smash the Union. Brown stood up and made a speech after which it was incapable for any Scot to be Prime Minister again – he’s the last. That’s a tragedy for our country.”
The lecturer in political theory at London Metropolitan University concluded: “If there’s a Union, there’s a Union but you can’t have home rule, complete control over your own affairs. I think we’ve got to step back here and re-conceptualise the Union.”
He said the No vote had left a “huge number of problems” and attacked the pro-UK Better Together campaign as being based on “begging, bullying and bribing. It was a nasty.”
3) Over in Argyll they also seem to agree. They’re asking “Is the union likely to survive?” and conclude
“unless the understanding, priorities, strategies and commitment of the Westminster government and parties sharpen up to a level they show no sign of attaining”
Conclusions: The UK doesn’t want to play with Unionists any more – don’t they realize that?
Meanwhile back in Scotland . . . .
4) thousands of Independence supporters join the SNP, Greens and the Scottish Socialist Party
With more than 40,000 new members 1.5 % of the Scottish electorate now belong to the party.
The SNP is now bigger than the Liberal Democrats, and behind only Conservatives and Labour.
The Greens and SSP have doubled in membership, accounting for another 10,000 odd new party members.
Independence supporters took to the streets in Edinburgh last Saturday and Sunday
Bit ironic singing those songs after the NO vote!!
About 94,000 signed a petition to demand a re-vote with impartial international counters, claiming there was overwhelming evidence of fraud in the referendum
The Celtic League has seen enough evidence to write to the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner
They’re worried about the manipulation and interference of UK parties in the Referendum campaign. Lord Glasman above appears to support their point of view.
According to the League, these actions were obviously designed to influence the outcome and breached the international covenant on civil and political rights – which the UK has signed up to.
5) Mr Peter Robinson and Mr Martin McGuinness
will meet the Welsh and Scottish heads of goverment to discuss in their amicable fashion how
“The Scottish Referendum has provided a unique opportunity to examine the process of constitutional change and the impact on devolved institutions”.
Conclusion: The centre cannot hold – mere anarchy is loosed upon the UK
And amid all this upheaval what’s happening in Northern Ireland?
6) The Stormont Executive is facing legal action over an alleged failure to develop an anti-poverty strategy for Northern Ireland.
The Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) has claimed no proper blueprint has been adopted for dealing with deprivation.
CAJ director Brian Gormally said: “Stormont cannot simply overlook a key legal duty introduced as part of an international agreement which forms part of the peace process”.
7)Ever optimistic, ever hopeful, our lovely SOS
Theresa Villiers announced “a new round of cross-party negotiations were to be convened how to deal with flags, parades and the past
and the government of the Republic of Irelannd would be involved“.
The TUV “Graduated Response” came quickly
“Any Unionist worth their salt will play no role in talks which gives the Republic a say in the internal affairs of this part of the United Kingdom”.