It is Proper to Stand up Strongly for the Constitutional, Moral, and Democratic Right to Keep the UK Together, and to Oppose that which would Endanger it; says Alistair McConnachie, pictured above on our Thin Red Line in Aberdeen on 17-8-19 when we counted 2,563 of the SNP-marchers and not the 12K they lied about.
Central to Scottish Nationalist belief is the notion that the only people who should get to decide the future of the Union, and consequently the United Kingdom itself, are "the people of Scotland".
They use this belief to argue that if the SNP (with or without the other separatist parties such as the Greens) were to win a majority of seats at Holyrood then this would be a mandate for a second referendum on the Union. They argue that if such a referendum were denied then it would be "immoral", "undemocratic" and even "obscene" to deny it. (1)
Why do they come to this "moral" and "democratic" mis-conclusion?
The separatist position is based on several false notions. These are:
a) That the United Kingdom is not a nation in itself;
b) Therefore, no other parts of the UK should be involved in the decision to break up;
c) Therefore, the British Union Parliament has no constitutional responsibility and duty, or democratic authority, developed over hundreds of years, to maintain the UK on behalf of its people;
d) And that Holyrood, as a devolved arm of the British Union Parliament body, is somehow an equal and opposite Parliament to the Union Parliament from which it has its life.
As authentic Unionists we assert that:
1. The United Kingdom is a nation;
2. All parts of the UK are involved in maintaining the integrity of the nation;
3. All these parts are represented in the British Union Parliament which has the constitutional responsibility and duty, and the democratic authority, developed over hundreds of years, to maintain the UK on behalf of its people;
4. Holyrood, as a devolved arm of the British Union Parliament body, is not an equal and opposite Parliament to the Union Parliament, and therefore does not have the constitutional, moral or democratic authority to destroy the UK.
The SNP's so-called "moral and democratic case for a second referendum" utterly avoids understanding and admitting this complexity of the United Kingdom, and our intimate constitutional and democratic relationship.
Its approach is focused only on Scotland.
It does not comprehend, and utterly would reject, the fact that since the Union of the Parliaments in 1707, a new nation – a nation in addition to the nations which already existed – a new nation called the United Kingdom – came into being and has been built, year-on-year, ever since.
From the Scottish nationalist position, it is as if nothing has changed in Scotland o