Monday, May 10, 2021

The Scots deserve their referendum

Scotland went to the polls on Friday in national elections, and delivered another thumping victory for the Scottish National Party. Once again, it fell just short of an absolute majority, but has an easy majority with the Scottish Greens. Both parties campaigned explicitly for Scottish independence, and in a democratic country, it would be just a matter of time before they got one. But the UK is not a democratic country, and Boris says "no". Which is I guess what we should expect from a party which has announced its explicit intent to rig the mayoral electoral system in England to make it easier for them to win...

On democratic principle, the Scots are in the right. They clearly campaigned for a referendum, and won majority support for it. But more generally: its their country, not England's. Decisions about what happens in Scotland should be made in Edinburgh, not Westminster. If that's not going to be the case, then maybe they should petition the UN to be added to the decolonisation list.