A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart)
It’s decision time. Three years of debate, miles of newsprint, mountains of leaflets, ‘think tank’ reports, government papers, countless hours of broadcast argument and it’s finally come down to this: Who do you believe and who do you trust?
Do you know we’re now being offered *powers and a timetable? I’ve even heard the odd *commentator use the term constitutional convention and that’s without them spitting to one side immediately afterward. Amazing I know, but there you have it. After three hundred and seven years and with a matter of days to go to this country’s most important vote ever and NOW we are guaranteed that Westminster will propose new powers, draft a bill or two and talk about further democratic mechanisms. This after the first postal votes have already started to be cast and returned. Stable doors and horses bolting come to mind.
In fact if you were a hair more cynical you’d maybe come to the not unreasonable conclusion that this was an empty, shallow and fear driven bribe. There’s a minor problem with this con though and the Westminster suits are praying the people of Scotland won’t notice what it is.
Messrs Cameron, Milliband and Clegg (oh and the odd Labour ‘beast’) are attempting to pull off the con of the century. They use the words propose, debate, timetable or give, as though they are somehow magnanimously doing you a favour by deigning to notice your problems and grievances and taking valuable time out of their day to help you out of a hole. They make great show of the three major parties of the UK possibly coming together for talks to ‘guarantee’ that you have been heard and that they have acted meaningfully and compassionately on your behalf. Excuse me, ah’m fillin’ up here and gettin’ pure emotional (sniffle).
Needless to say our meeja just love this stuff and as usual are only too willing to help pull off the attempted con. I think they’ve proven beyond any doubt by this point that they are no friends to Scottish self determination and so far the only guarantees are that –
1. They hear us
2. They don’t like what they’re hearing
3. They’re committed to making proposals for a bill ???
Now here is the truth of the situation and the minor point that our representatives in Westminster are hoping you’ll have missed, so brace yourselves – These powers are your powers, your sovereignty and on the 18th of September it is YOU who will decide who gets to use those powers in your name. THAT’S RIGHT, YOU! You are the ones who will decide who gets the power to steward our governance, our economy and our resources, not Cameron and not even Alicsammin but you, the people of Scotland. Its what the past three years have been all about. We won’t need a proposal for a bill, we won’t need to wait on houses debating on whether to give us responsibility to clean up dog doodles. We can go straight to having full control of our own future.
Its a case of the greatest trick the devil ever pulled. You know, to convince everyone that he didn’t exist? Same premise here. The Greatest trick Westminster politicians ever pulled, was to convince the public that they were essentially powerless and helpless. You’re not and never were. If there is one thing this amazing debate has done, its been to remind people that there can be no government, no country without the will or the permission of the people. It’s also been to remind people that they are the most vital and precious resource of any nation. You wonder why after three hundred and seven years you are now being offered a bribe? That’s why. Its because the establishment requires your permission to remain being the establishment.
If you want a country whose values are based on a fairer more socially just system of governance – you can have it. If you want a country with directly accountable government and a written constitution with legally enshrined rights and responsibilities – you can have it. If you want a country where the power lies with the people and not the state – you can have it. Always, but always remember, there can be no country without you. It’s in your hands, the gift of sovereignty and the permission to govern comes from the people.
So this is it.
Who do you trust to govern Scotland? The state and establishment who’ve taken over three hundred years to notice you even exist, or a government and system you have a hand in creating?