Saturday, 14 January 2012
We Are The People
Canon Kenyon Wright was at it again today - speaking the truth to the nation - about the importance of avoiding a stitch up over a future referendum on Scottish independence.
Now Canon Wright may be mild-mannered - a quietly spoken man of the cloth - but his words this morning on BBC Scotland carried great force and moral power
Because he took a stick - metaphorically speaking of course - to those intent on denying the Scottish people a proper choice.
By having only one referendum question and a straight Yes or No - either to independence or the status quo.
As the Canon made clear the Claim of Right - signed by all the political parties prior to the establishment of the Scottish Parliament - acknowledges that the people of Scotland are sovereign in determining the form of Government best suited to our needs.
Not the politicians - not even the Holyrood or Westminster Parliaments.
Here is what Scotland's Claim of Right says:
"We, gathered as the Scottish Constitutional Convention, do hereby acknowledge the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine the form of Government best suited to their needs, and do hereby declare and pledge that in all our actions and deliberations their interests shall be paramount."
Kenyon Wright entrusted the claim to Scotland's political leaders before the Scottish Parliament took up the reins of government - but as he did so he told them - that the Claim of Right might come into its own again one day.
Well that day has come.
And the task now is to build an unstoppable force that will put more powers for the Scottish Parliament - Devo Max or fiscal autonomy in the jargon - on the ballot paper as a second question - in a future referendum on Scottish independence.
And every Scot of independent mind - as Robert Burns once said - not only those who support independence - should demand that the Scottish people have their say.
Which means two questions on the ballot paper and a proper grown-up choice - about the way Scotland is governed.