It is time to rid our­selves of these in­com­pe­tents

The Herald - - OPINION -

IT was shock­ing to ob­serve copies of the most re­cent White Pa­per be­ing thrown to MPS from the floor of the House of Com­mons even af­ter the brand new Sec­re­tary of State for Ex­it­ing rose to de­fend it (“May’s vi­sion for for Brexit looks like brin­ing far more pain than gain”, The Her­ald, July 13). That is the state of the pur­ported democ­racy of this al­leged Union.

One of the noisy is­sues by the Brex­iters is the role of the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice and they are ap­palled that it may in­ter­fere with their rights un­der Magna Carta. Aye, well. Scots should be well aware of such dan­gers. First, Magna Carta has no rel­e­vance in Scots Law (we did not need it). Sec­ondly the Act of Union of 1707 specif­i­cally guar­an­teed the preser­va­tion of Scots Law and it took just one year to breach its terms by al­low­ing Civil Ap­peals to the House of Lords a bur­den which in­ca­pac­i­tated the de­vel­op­ment of our Civil Law un­til the re-es­tab­lish­ment of our Par­lia­ment. This progress was con­sti­tu­tion­ally un­der­mined by the es­tab­lish­ment of the UK Supreme Court, in­ter­ced­ing between Scots and Euro­pean Law.

As Don­ald Trump struts his way round Turn­berry, un­der­min­ing Theresa May on be­half of his pal Boris, we could take a mo­ment to re­flect that it was mon­u­men­tal stu­pid­ity, ig­no­rance and con­tempt at West­min­ster which pro­voked other colonists to seize their in­de­pen­dence just 70-odd years af­ter we al­lowed “a par­cel o rogues” to sur­ren­der ours. The mon­u­men­tal stu­pid­ity, ig­no­rance and con­tempt bides with us yet, al­lied with cu­pid­ity.

In this per­ilous era it is high time that we rid our­selves of our sub­servience to these in­com­pe­tents and re­stored our Par­lia­ment to its full ad­min­is­tra­tion of the will of our sov­er­eign peo­ple.

K M Camp­bell,

Bank House,

Doune.

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