12 Ways the New Prime Minister can Strengthen British Union


AFFG Activists in Ayr on 6-7-19 (Pic: AFFG)

If the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is looking for ways to strengthen the British Union he should start here. The titles in bold link directly to the articles which develop the point further. Alistair McConnachie is the author of these 12 articles.

Section 1: DEVOLVED MATTERS TO DO PROPERLY

1. CHANGE THE 'DEVOLUTION SETTLEMENT' AND GET IT THE RIGHT WAY ROUND

We examine what is meant by the phrase "the devolution settlement"; why this particular form of "settlement" is wrong from a unionist perspective; and how it can be improved to properly reflect the true Unitary Nation-State nature of the United Kingdom.

2. STOP CALLING THE HOLYROOD ADMINISTRATION 'A GOVERNMENT'

There is only one Government in Britain, and that is the British Government of the whole of the United Kingdom. The administration at Holyrood was, and remains, a devolved arm of the British Parliament and Government. It has limited law-making powers and so the term "Executive" is appropriate because it stops well-short of the independent powers suggested by the word "Government".

3. STOP THE CIVIL SERVICE BEING USED TO BREAK UP BRITAIN

Unionists cannot go into a second independence referendum with the combined forces of the Civil Service, paid for by the British Taxpayer, mounted against us again! We simply cannot compete with that power and expect to win. We outline what needs to happen here.

4. BUILD UP THE SCOTTISH OFFICE AGAIN – HOW TO DO DEVOLUTION PROPERLY

It represents the British Parliament in Scotland. Diminish it and you diminish the idea of Scotland having, and sharing, a wider British political structure.

Section 2: PLANNING FOR A 2ND INDYREF – THINGS TO GET RIGHT

5. RULE OUT A SECOND INDYREF!

This is basic! Westminster has a clear 3-fold mandate to forbid it. This will introduce stability into the Scottish economy, reassert the proper British Constitutional relationship and allow us all to get on wit