A few weeks back, we were discussing secession as a solution to getting rid of the scum that rule over us. Some folk commented that with a sufficient body of like-minded voters, a block could be formed and then declare independence from the state. I am sceptical of such a move. Not least because history has shown us that states really don’t like it when people decide to leave the club. Indeed, those with the force at their fingertips can cut up pretty rough.
And, now, the evidence.
In his statement to MPs on Tuesday, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore said the government’s “clear view” was that the power to hold a referendum was “reserved” to Westminster under devolution laws passed in 1998 and that the Scottish government could not authorise a referendum on its own.
So, if our Celtic cousins north of the border decide they want out, they need to get permission from Westminster. Now, let’s suppose we form a liberal/libertarian idyll in, say, Cumbria and decide to secede, do you really think Westminster will say “okay, chaps, if that’s your bag.” Or do you think they will use any and every option open to them to prevent it?
Answers on a postage stamp, please…