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Thursday, 12 May 2016

An unacceptable historical farce – and an insult to Scotland’s democracy?

In a country - Scotland - where the majority profess no religion, the Church of Scotland is in sharp decline, the population and the Parliament contains MSPS - reflecting the voters of Scotland - from many religions and no religion, monarchists and republicans, a kirking was held tonight in the High Kirk - Saint Giles (The Church of Scotland), to be followed tomorrow by MSPs - the elected representatives of the Scottish People – being compelled to swear an oath of allegiance, regardless of their beliefs, to  a monarch anointed and legitimised by the Archbishop of Canterbury - the UK State religion - on pain of losing their seats if they don't.

In other words, an unelected Queen, of another religion, can remove the representatives the people of Scotland& have elected. This is not democracy - it's a historical farce, unacceptable in the 21st century.

But what's to be done? Our MPs have already sworn the oath of allegiance to the Queen at Westminster. Our Parliament is only there by her grace and favour. To frontally challenge this tomorrow would provoke a constitutional crisis - and we're not ready for one.

Should our MSP's - like Rosie Kane did  - just cross their fingers and effectively lie? Should they just smile cynically and get on with the charade?

Or should they find a way to go through the motions yet pull the curtain away from the Wizardess of OZ and expose the hollowness of the whole thing?

My guess is they'll do the cynical pragmatist act ...

The Scottish National Party’s 63 MSPs will today wear the white rose of Scotland, made famous by Hugh MacDiarmid in his poem “The Little White Rose”. The rose has been worn by SNP members as they are sworn in at Holyrood.

The Little White Rose by Hugh MacDiarmid

The rose of all the world is not for me.
I want for my part
Only the little white rose of Scotland
That smells sharp and sweet – and breaks the heart.