May is demonstrating Scotland is a passenger not a partner

Scotland is a passenger

Sturgeon and May

There are lots of good arguments for independence.

The one that appeals to me most is that an independent Scotland will automatically have a more representative and therefore egalitarian political system. That said, the fundamental argument is that Scotland is a nation, and it is normal that nations should have the ultimate say in their own affairs.

In 2014, we were blue in the face talking about how policy made at Westminster is not ideal for Scotland.

We see constant examples of this. For instance just last week the Scottish Secretary David Mundell blocked a plan to allow foreign students to obtain work visas in Scotland after graduating. Scotland has a bigger demographic time bomb than the UK as a whole. Our communities need educated young people in order keep our economy growing but this fact clashes with a rising parochialism coming from the more populous south.

While this pattern of decision making has a devastating effect on Scotland, it is hard to notice because the impact is the accumulation of many small blows over a long period of time. However, Brexit has brought this fundamental issue to the fore in an unavoidable fashion.

Recently, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, announced she was willing to compromise and not call a second referendum if a way could be found to keep the UK in the European Single Market. Despite this gesture, this week Theresa May is to announce she is prepared to leave the Single Market. It is a stab in the back for the nation of Scotland. It is a move that makes a mockery of all the love and fear bombing that marked the 2014 Better Together campaign. They told you in 2014 that Scotland was part of a political union and that staying in the union was the only way to remain in the EU.

Scotland voted strongly against any sort of Brexit, yet now the Prime Minister is delivering the hard version of it.

The deception of 2014 could not be any more in focus at this time. Scotland is not a partner in the UK it is a passenger. We are about to be driven off a cliff by a Government that less than 15 percent of the Scottish electorate voted for.

This is obviously a moot point for those who feel more British than Scottish. However, most people living in Scotland have a strong Scottish identity as shown by years of survey data recorded on What Scotland Thinks.

Scotland is a passenger in the UK

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Scotland is a nation and the UK is meant to be a union of nations.

Brexit makes the fact that the UK is only a Union by name glaringly obvious. There are lots of good arguments for independence but the fundamental question is this:

Do you believe that a nation should have ultimate control over its own affairs? Or do you believe that it is better to be an idle hanger-on, hopefully reliant on the benevolence of a dominant neighbour we are drifting politically further and further apart from?

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Bobby Hainey

Joint founder of Autonomyscotland. In my spare time I enjoy Road Cycling, Munro bagging and beer.

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Long may May think that Scotland is a passenger at the back of the bus being held hostage to fate.

Little does she know we are seated beside the emergency exit and we are very well armed.

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