By what authority does David Mundell speak for the people of Scotland? Who the hell is he to be stating what we are “sick and tired of”? Who did he talk to before arriving at this profound insight into the mood of the populace? He sure as hell didn’t ask me. Because I would have promptly apprised him of the fact that what I’m sick and tired of is British politicians telling us to “eat our cereal” and meekly put up with whatever is imposed on us by a party that we have repeatedly and decisively rejected at the polls.
When Mundell talks of the “national interest”, is there any doubt about what he is referring to? Does anyone seriously imagine he is talking about Scotland; or the needs, aspirations and priorities of Scotland’s people? Or are we all perfectly aware that when Mundell and his ilk say “national interest” they mean the structures of power, privilege and patronage which define the British state? The system that serves them and their clients? The old order and the old ways that they fear are being challenged by a tide of democratic dissent risen in Scotland?
It was always intended that the Scottish Parliament would be constrained so as to serve the interests to which Mundell refers. The interests of the British state. It was never envisaged that the parliament elected by the people of Scotland would actually put their interests before the comfort of the British state’s ruling elites.
British Labour in Scotland were entrusted with the role of a “safe pair of hands” that could be relied upon to subordinate the sovereignty of the people to the sovereignty of the British parliament. British Labour in Scotland failed in this – as they have failed in so much. Despite the combined efforts of all the British parties’ branch operations in Scotland, the people of Scotland have insisted on asserting their sovereignty by voting for the SNP in massive and increasing numbers. And by utterly rejecting the British parties which would deny popular sovereignty.
David Mundell does not speak for Scotland. He speaks only for the elites who would see Scotland ruined so as to preserve their privileged status. If there is a conflict of interest between Westminster and Holyrood, it is the democratically elected Scottish Government that has an unchallengeable mandate to represent the people of Scotland.