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Saturday, 13 June 2015

Would it really have been independence? Should we resign ourselves to less?

"Will it really be independence when we get it?" stuff still touted post-indyref by those hostile to Scotland’s independence, by the fearful and confused – and by quite a few prominent journalists and pundits. (The latter group are either hostile to independence - unionist or federalists - or fearful and confused, or they’re being disingenuous…)

Clarity of thought is vital in this new Westminster era post GE2015, when the presence of 56 SNP MPs may induce a sense of resignation in independence campaigners to simply working for a lesser goal, so turn it around - anything that leaves ultimate control with Westminster won't be independence. (e.g. federalism or any one of the multiple variants of devolution being touted – devo max, devo plus, full fiscal autonomy.)

While the Scotland Act is in force, Scotland is not independent - everything is in the gift of Westminster, which electorally means England. And it can be modified or withdrawn at any time … The Union remains intact, dominant, with total control over Scotland.

If Scotland decides on its defence policy, its foreign policy - including when to engage in armed conflict - elects its own Parliament and Government and makes it own laws, it's independent. Anything less and it's NOT independent.

The core principle is fully independent within an interdependent world – independence that recognises the reality of interdependence in a rapidly changing and unstable world.

Independence is the freedom to choose, with no limits or constraints on those choices, except ones we freely make and enter into - and can freely unmake and exit from.