The time to speak is now!

As the process which will see Scotland ripped from its favoured place within the family of European nations gathers pace, it has never been more important that we assert and defend our democratic right of self-determination.

That process, already a gross insult to Scotland’s democracy, must inevitably end with the UK being redefined. It will be redefined in a manner determined entirely by the same British political elite that has demonstrated such utter contempt for the will of Scotland’s people. It will be redefined to suit the purposes of the British ruling elites, absolutely without regard for the needs, priorities and aspirations of Scotland’s people.

If we allow it, Scotland shall be locked into a political union devised to perpetuate the structures of power, privilege and patronage which define the British state and subjected in perpetuity to a political and economic system contrived entirely to serve the interests of the few at the expense of the many.

Should we fail to prevent it, Scotland’s distinctive political culture shall be eradicated, our democratic institutions dismantled and our public services decimated – all in the name of ‘One Nation’ British Nationalism.

We yet have a democratic escape route. We can choose that Scotland’s future be decided by those who call Scotland their home. We can choose that our society be shaped in accordance with our own needs, priorities and aspirations. We can choose to take back the power to choose.

We can bring our government home.

Our First Minister and the Scottish Government are fighting for our right to choose. They are defending, on our behalf, the most fundamental of democratic principles. In our own interests, and lest we earn the scorn of future generations, we must support Nicola Sturgeon in her determination to ensure that Scotland and democracy are preserved.

We must demand a new independence referendum to be held at such time as will allow us to avoid the disastrous consequences of placing our nation’s fate in the hands of a British political elite which has no democratic legitimacy in Scotland, having been repeatedly and emphatically rejected by Scotland’s people.

We must insist, loudly and incessantly, that the democratic right of self-determination is vested wholly in the people of Scotland, to be exercised entirely at their discretion.

We must press relentlessly and by every means at our disposal for a new independence referendum in September 2018 – on or around the fourth anniversary of the vote which precipitated our current predicament.

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About Peter A Bell

Thinker. Listener. Talker. Reader. Writer. No attitude immutable. No conclusion final. No opinion humble. Lifelong campaigner for the restoration of Scotland's independence.
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