A Longer View

"The days of the United Kingdom itself are now numbered in a very short series of figures. Tory hubris at having climbed, on the back of an incredible concerted propaganda deluge, to 25% electoral support in Scotland, appears to have convinced them that Scots will endure any humiliation at all and not have the courage to stand up. The incredible arrogance involved in the Tory abrogation of devolved powers, against the express vote of the Scottish parliament, was captured by the jeers of “Bye-bye” at SNP MPs leaving the Commons in protest at the lack of debate. That “Bye-bye” will have a significance they did not intend."

Declaration of Independence

"My preferred route to Independence is this. The Scottish Parliament should immediately legislate for a new Independence referendum. The London Government will attempt to block it. The Scottish Parliament should then convene a National Assembly of all nationally elected Scottish representatives – MSPs, MPs and MEPs. That National Assembly should declare Independence, appeal to other countries for recognition, reach agreements with the rump UK and organise a confirmatory plebiscite. That is legal, democratic and consistent with normal international practice. There will never be a better time than now for Scotland to become an Independent, normal, nation once again. It is no time for faint hearts or haverers; we must seize the moment."

The Cleverness Of The Referendum Bill

"Crucially, this bill makes a consultative referendum without a Section 30 order a far more realistic prospect, because if a Scottish court rules that it’s legal, then the anti-independence parties have no principled grounds for boycotting it. The bill has crowbarred open another route to an independence referendum in the teeth of the objections of Tory leadership candidates. Most importantly of all, this bill establishes the principle that it’s for the people of Scotland and their elected representatives to decide when and if Scotland gets a say on its future. We don’t need Sajid Javid’s or any other Tory’s permission."