Will British nationalists never learn that the restoration of Scotland’s rightful constitutional status – the normalisation of its relationship with England and the rest of the world – is inevitable?
It is inevitable because no constitutional ‘settlement’ which is informed by the aims and objectives of a British state defined as established structures of power, privilege and status can ever address the needs, aspirations and priorities of the distinctive and increasingly divergent political culture which exists in Scotland.
The political union between Scotland and England was fatally flawed from its inception. It could survive only as long as there was no sufficiently powerful voice to challenge its undemocratic asymmetry and rejection of the concept of popular sovereignty in favour of an alien form of parliamentary sovereignty. Now that this voice has been heard, it cannot be stilled. It cannot be silenced. It cannot be denied.
Independence is normal. It is the default status of nations. It is the anachronistic, dysfunction political union which is anomalous. The time has come to end it and construct a new form of association between the nations of Scotland and England. An enduring, constructive, productive association built on the solid foundations of equality of status and mutual respect.
Independence! Nothing less!