Self Determination

I note with amusement that whilst the Scottish National Party, currently running the Scottish Government, “reserves” the right to seek independence from the United Kingdom, it is not prepared to extend that right to distinct communities within the area currently defined as Scotland.

A petition has been made to the Scottish Parliament on 29th April 2014 from the councils of Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles Petition

I note that the response from the committee reviewing the petition is very telling as to the viability of an Independent Scotland.

5 August 2014: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 on the basis that that the Scottish Government has indicated that it does not support what the petition seeks and that there is insufficient time to arrange such referenda within the timescale called for in the petition.

Surely what the Scottish Government seeks is not the point of the petition. What is the Scottish government afraid of?  Could it be that the SNP has made its plans on the basis of resources and assets, which do not belong to them but to the communities above.  The Northern islands of Shetland and Orkney have more in common with the Norwegians. They are territories which were ANNEXED by Scotland and were not originally part of Scotland. Northern Isles History .

Is this an example of how Scotland will be governed in the future?  Could it be that the SNP is not interested in the aspirations of these areas because they do not represent these areas in the Scottish Parliament?

It would therefore seem that the referendum is more about what is good for the Scottish National Party (SNP), rather than the determining the rights and aspirations of the people of Scotland.   One rule for the SNP and another for anyone else.


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