Tuesday, September 10, 2013
For Scotland Independence Is Not an Option
Whichever way they vote, independence will elude them.
Scotland will remain joined at the hip with England, which separates Scotland by four hundred miles from the European mainland.
England will remain Scotland's largest trading partner, the source of most of Scotland's tourists and the home of the majority of expatriate Scots and their descendants. All of which means that if, after voting for independence from the UK, Scots wish to set foot on English soil, whether traveling abroad, following the broad high road to London, or just visiting with relatives in Britain, they will have to deal with the English not as fellow citizens but as a foreign nation with little time for Scotch defectors. That will most likely mean passports, visas, work permits, border searches, money changing and many other inconveniences, with no recourse through representation in Westminster.
And Scotland will remain a member of Nato, which means it will remain a base for vast military installations, mainly owned and operated by the English. Yet as one of the smallest of NATO's 28 member states, Scotland's decision making role in the councils of Nato would be negligible.
In addition, Scotland will remain a part of the EU. It will add one more to the list of small, far-away countries beginning with the letter S, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, about which most citizens of Europe know nothing. Which means an independent Scotland, without a voice in Westminster, will be subordinate to an unelected bureaucracy in Brussels with minimal concern for Scottish interests.
Independence of Scotland from the UK, even if it means an extra fifty quid a week (so long as Scotland's oil reserves last) will thus diminish rather than enhance Scotland's power of self-determination.
Instead, once the referendum has been defeated, the Scots should turn to the transformation of the British Isles into a working Federation. That means devolving most powers to regional governments with boundaries rationally defined by geography and economics, rather than ancient national divisions.
Under such a Confederation, government in Scotland should be largely devolved to the provinces (states, compartments, whatever) of Shetland, Orkney, the Western Isles, the Highlands, the Lowlands East, and the Lowlands West.
England would seem to divide logically more or less along the lines of the Anglo-Saxon Heptarchy: seven regions: left and right, upper, middle and lower, plus London. Wales might best be divided by three.
Northern Ireland would probably remain one, while there would be a standing invitation to the Republic of Ireland to join with as many provinces as they see fit.
The states or regions would rule in accordance with a constitution defining the limits of the Federal Government's powers, which would include the regulation of trade, foreign affairs, justice, migration, and defense. The Federal Government would be located in cyberspace, with its physical manifestations distributed among regions to minimize cost.
In foreign policy the constitutional objective would be to make the British Isles the Friend-Of-All-The-World, seeking mutually beneficial relations with all nations. At the same time, the Federation would retain missile systems and other defense forces and establish a Swiss-style citizen militia to deter foreign military interference.
As a self-governing state, the Federation would necessarily withdraw from Nato, the EU, the WTO and every other world governance entity. The constitution would define the British Isles as the homeland of the British peoples and would preclude future mass immigration, while encouraging, by lawful and humane means, ex-migration of the non-indigenous people who have, with the aid of treasonous governments, ethnically cleansed the indigenous people from many urban areas of the British Isles.
Consistent with the policy of preserving the Islses as the homeland of the indigenous peoples, who trace their descent to those who settled the islands in the immediate aftermath of the last ice age, the Federation would champion the preservation of human diversity, both cultural and racial, throughout the world.
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