“..for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself. .”
So assert those who signed the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. A document that alongside Magna Carta is said to have influenced the founding fathers of America and their constitution.
England just happened to be our natural and traditional enemy at the time. But I can no more see the authors of this historical document settle for French or German or any other nation's or conglomeration of nations' rule. It's the second part of that statement that I cherish most. The idea and the principle that freedom is something worth having in of itself, come what may. "Give me liberty or give me death" said Patrick Henry. Now it would seem we will happily sell our freedom for government provided benefits.. We are more interested in free stuff than freedom. Unfortunately in today's Scotland freedom and independence are somehow regarded as dirty and dangerous words uttered by only right wing "extremists". True, the SNP talk a big fight about "independence" but like much of political newspeak it's not actually what they mean. In fact what they mean is the direct opposite. Breaking from Westminster to join an even bigger Union with other subjugated European nations. In short to become a satrapy of Brussels. The idea is that being one voice in 27 (possibly more by then) will be a big improvement in being one voice in 4. Do you see the logic? No, frankly neither can I.
That document of 1320 was important. It declared that the King was locked into a contract with his subjects. His job was to defend their rights, liberties and National sovereignty. Like any other contract if one part of the bargain doesn't or will not keep up their end of it, it is within the rights of the other party to dissolve the contract. The people had a right to sack their King and appoint a new one who would fulfil his obligations.
In light of that let's take a look at the track record of the self appointed Queen Nicola 1st of Holyrood. This is a woman who continually tramples on individual rights and liberties and makes no attempt to hide her contempt for them and her subjects that they are supposed to apply to. The Offensive Behaviour at Football Act (no singing songs deemed offensive even if you happen to be on foreign soil when you do.) . The Named Person Bill which meant the introduction of a state appointed guardian into EVERY family (you all fiddle with your kids don't you). The Hate Crime and Public Order Act, where you can be arrested for what you utter and even what you read within the confines of your own home. (don't get too cocky it's coming to a parliament near you if you're not careful). These are all the work of Her infernal majesty and her enforcer Humza Yousaf.
If that wasn't bad enough, the she seems to want to emulate John Knox in his opposition to any kind of enjoyment whatsoever. (if you haven't read First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women it's a cracker). Cigarettes and alcohol ... and probably rollerblading.. are to be denied to all but her and her courtiers. The introduction of minimum pricing on alcohol has led to more border raids into England than at anytime since the 16th Century. Lidl at Berwick on Tweed has practically been annexed by Scots. Her behaviour during the alleged pandemic was indeed monstrous. Anything Boris could do she could do worse. Basic human decency was denied to her subjects while she and her political allies broke their own edicts with an all too familiar hubris.
So what's a life long independence supporter to do with the proposed Indyref2? I voted yes to the last one. The question was "Should Scotland be an Independent country?" My answer to that could only be an emphatic yes, but I have already mentioned that is NOT what Sturgeon and her quisling cohorts are offering. The fact of the matter is that the yes side lost that referendum and to demand a second on the grounds that it didn't go my way would make me no better and possibly worse than a remoaner. I voted the UK out of the EU. I am nothing if not consistent about secession. I have serious concerns over a Scotland run from a heavily centralised Holyrood dominated by the SNP. North Korea is an independent sovereign nation state. It doesn't make it's people free. Far from it. Under Sturgeon I am convinced the Scottish people would be less free than they are now.
Sturgeon and the SNP have to go. The "Queen" has not kept her contract with her people and has no intention of ever doing so. If there is a second referendum on independence I want her to lose and lose huge. Surely even the Scots can't tolerate a two time loser. Independence will come when Scotland has independent and sovereign individuals, which in turn create independent and sovereign families, independent and sovereign communities and as night follows day an independent and sovereign nation will be the result.
We have waited over 300 years for independence. It's worth waiting another 20 or so to get it right.
Guest Post, from Tam Laird - Leader, Scottish Libertarian Party.