Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Jacobite Intelligence: An independent Scotland will need a healthy opposition

The Jacobite Intelligence: An independent Scotland will need a healthy opposition


"Yesterday’s poll suggesting that the ‘Yes’ campaign is edging ahead of the ‘Nos’ has probably been blown out of proportion by the media, and I remain unconvinced that the polls reflect what will happen on the day (one should never underestimate the power of apathy and fear). However, it is becoming very evident that people in England are far more frightened now by the prospect of Scottish independence than people in Scotland are. Let us suppose for a moment that the ‘Yes’ campaign does succeed – in that case, my principal worry would be that Scotland’s political system will not be fit-for-purpose for an independent state. The SNP’s vision of Scotland’s future constitution must be challenged by other political parties, which means that Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives must get over their post-referendum hangovers as quickly as possible and engage in a robust debate on the future of an independent Scotland. Given the intransigence of the unionists, I cannot see this happening: I anticipate that the unionist parties will end up in denial about the reality of independence, and will try to sabotage the transition process by various legal and constitutional means."


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