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 with our lives.
6. USE THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT FRANCHISE AT A 2nd INDYREF
This article deals with the particular Franchise which must be used if there were another separation referendum, otherwise we will be in trouble! And we show why the SNP is trying to change the Franchise to "residence-only". The way things stand at the moment, they only need 5% more of the vote! The time for complacency is long-passed! Check out our first article on the Referendum Process.
7. GET the BALLOT PAPER, and QUESTION and ANSWER RIGHT
At a referendum, how the Ballot Paper is worded, and how the Question and Answer are worded, is undoubtedly worth several percentage points. It is no small matter. We examine how getting this right is absolutely crucial for us!
8. PROTECT the UK with CONSTITUTIONAL SAFEGUARDS
The situation at the moment where the UK can be destroyed by a mere 50% of the voters who happen to vote on the day, plus 1, is an unacceptable constitutional absurdity! Here we look at Referendum Thresholds with 6 worked examples.
Section 3: POLITICAL POLICY TO STRENGTHEN THE UNION
9. BUILD UP BRITISHNESS IN SCOTLAND
We can strengthen the Union by maintaining and raising the profile of the British identity in Scotland; by building up Britishness! Here are some ideas.
10. MAKE BREXIT A GREAT BRITISH SUCCESS!
The ScotNats wish for it to fail, but it will be successful, our unity will prevail, and Britain's future together is assured!
11. OPPOSE FEDERALISM and MORE POWERS
Excerpt: "The first thing to point out is that Federalism is not Unionism. It is not an 'alternative' to Unionism or Independence. It is a stepping stone to Separation...For our part, as Unionists, there is little point in the SNP losing Holyrood in 2021, only for a Labour/Lib Dem Coalition to start advocating Federalism – or in this case, basically even more 'Home Rule' powers for Holyrood!"
Section 4: THE PERSONAL
12. EACH OF US: MAKING A UNIONIST DIFFERENCE
This is the twelfth article in our series "12 Ways to Strengthen the Union and Stop Scottish Separation". Our final point here is directed specifically towards each one of us. Here are some ways we, as individuals, can strengthen the Union and help keep Britain together.
Section 5: THE SPEECH
12 WAYS to STRENGTHEN the UNION and STOP SCOTTISH SEPARATION
We brought all the above together, and summarised them in our Speech in Glasgow on 9 February 2019.
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